Dr. Zulekha Daud: Journey from Labourer’s Daughter to UAE’s Leading Female Doctor and Philanthropist

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Journey of Dr. Zulekha Daud
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Inspirational Beginnings in Maharashtra Dr. Zulekha Daud, at 84, stands as the Founder and Chairperson of Zulekha Hospital Group, marking an extraordinary journey from Nagpur, Maharashtra. Despite financial challenges, her family’s commitment to education empowered her to become Dubai’s wealthiest woman.

Pioneering Spirit in a Conservative Setting Graduating in gynaecology from Nagpur’s Government Medical College, Dr. Zulekha emerged as the first female Indian doctor in the UAE in 1964. Her father’s support, as a daily wage worker, fueled her ambitions, defying odds in a conservative Muslim family.

Historic Contributions to Dubai’s Healthcare Specializing in gynaecology, Dr. Zulekha delivered over 10,000 babies, leaving an indelible mark on Dubai’s medical landscape. Beyond childbirth, she played a vital role in addressing various medical issues, from smallpox to viral infections, demonstrating her dedication in a city with limited healthcare resources.

Transformative Vision: Zulekha Hospital Group Facing challenges due to limited facilities in the early stages of her career, Dr. Zulekha established the Zulekha Hospital Group in 1992. Her vision aimed to bridge healthcare gaps, providing advanced services and becoming a beacon of hope for the community.

Beyond Business: A Philanthropic Endeavor Zulekha Hospital Group wasn’t just a business venture; it became synonymous with advanced treatments and care, reflecting Dr. Zulekha’s commitment to community well-being. The hospital addressed not only medical needs but also stood as a testament to her sense of responsibility.

Recognition and Legacy Now at 84, Dr. Zulekha Daud is recognized as Dubai’s wealthiest Indian woman. Her transformative contributions earned her India’s Pravasi Bhartiya Samman Award in 2019 and a place among Forbes Middle East’s top 100 Indian leaders in the UAE.

Dr. Zulekha Daud’s journey is a testament to resilience, dedication, and transformative contributions to healthcare in the UAE. From modest beginnings in Maharashtra to pioneering a medical revolution, her legacy embodies the triumph against adversity and the power of education in shaping one’s destiny.

Re-reported from the article originally published in The shethepeople

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