When we first met Maitha, we saw this energetic woman that has a passion for life and adventure. We sat with her and the One Dubai One team, and we were amazed by the skills and passion for adventure these women have. That is how we decided to bring you in the “She Challenges” section, the true meaning of “Challenge” when performed by “She”.
Maitha Mubarak is the president of One Dubai One team, member of Explorers Emirates Team, and holder of the title “First United Arab Emirates Woman” to live with the primitive tribe “Mursi People” that she visited with her team colleague.
We asked Maitha to tell us all about herself and found out that she is more than just a motorcycle rider, and here’s what she said:
“I was born in Dubai UAE, in 1988. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and pursued my education to receive my Master’s degree in Psychology.
Being a citizen of the United Arab Emirates and the city of Dubai, where multiculturalism and respect for human rights without any discrimination on race, gender, or nationality is key, I was fortunate to be able to exercise my hobby of riding motorcycles without any hesitations, and this is how it all began.
When I ride my “Harley-Davidson Softail”, cruising the streets of Dubai, I cannot but be filled with a sense of freedom that cannot be understood by people other than bikers. To me, riding a motorcycle is not just a hobby. It is my lifestyle, and I personally love it, because it brings people together from different ages and nationalities over one passion with nothing to divide them.
In Dubai, it is common to see a girl riding a motorcycle; however, they usually ride solo. Thus, in mid-2014, I started thinking about establishing a team of women, active in social, sports, and adventure activities, and this is how the idea of One Dubai One was born. We got together, a group of enthusiastic women sharing the spirit of challenge and adventure, each with her own personality and adventurous spirit, and formed the team One Dubai One, where the name was inspired by the number One, referring to Dubai being #1 in everything. By early 2015, the team began its journey.
Our aim in One Dubai One is to actually bring those adventurous girls together and encourage other girls who have passion for motorcycle riding to get on their bikes and try it. We at One Dubai One team strive to organize rides and events to gather girls who love to ride a motorcycle, show them the right way to do it safely, and yet have fun and get that freedom sensation that only bikers understand. We say that motorcycle riding starts as a hobby and becomes a lifestyle.
The way I see it, riding a motorcycle requires high level of focus and balance, and the rider has to pay great attention to road changes while driving and this becomes part of his/her characteristics and personality, thus its pushes you to become more balanced in your daily life and sharpen your skills to become more adaptive to changes that you face in your everyday life.
At the moment, we are preparing a new adventure supported by Emirates Travelers agency that is helping me and my colleague Houda Zoueid, to perform a new, 2-month challenging trip, which will surely add a new record to the girls of Emirates in defying the impossible.
At the end, I would like to mention that currently at One Dubai One we are focusing on developing a new strategy for the team, and we have added several new activities, such as mountain climbing and shooting, in addition to our initial activities of motorcycle riding and adventure. Thus, I would like to send an open invitation to all of those women out there that share that adventurous feeling in every field and also to those women who wish to learn motorcycle riding techniques and join our team to connect with us through any of our social media platforms so we can share the same passion.