Nayla Al Khaja


Nayla Al Khaja is the first female film Director/Producer in the United Arab Emirates. Nayla has written and directed several films, which have all been presented and awarded at various international film festivals. Nayla is also very active in the TV commercials domain, constantly directing for various international brands.
As a working professional, Nayla’s accolades include being ranked among the Top 50 most powerful personalities in Arab Cinema, and 100 most powerful Arabs under 40 by Arabian Business Magazine. She’s also been awarded the Visionary of the Year Award at the Arabian Business Awards, and she is Brand Ambassador for Canon Middle East since 2011. She was recently declared Black Swan Award for Women Empowerment – Asia One 2019
Her films have won numerous awards, which include the Jury Special Prize, “Best Short Fiction”, for Animal, Italian Movie Award, Pompeii,
Italy, 2017, “Best Short Film” for The Neighbor, Middle East Now Festival, Florence, Italy, 2015, “Muhr Emirati- Best Film” for Malal, Dubai
International Film Festival 2012, and “Muhr Emirati – Special Jury Award” for The Neighbor, Dubai International Film Festival, 2015.