Hot 100 2011 - Sumayyah Al Suwaidi

The Grafika artist
Hot 100 2011 - Sumayyah Al Suwaidi
Sumayyah Al Suwaidi

As the very first Emirati female digital artist, owner of boutique GRAFIKA, curator and fashion designer, Sumayyah is one busy bee. And though L’Officiel’s Arab Woman of the Year may be revelling in her great successes now, she says her path getting there was never easy.

“When I started in art, I was all alone and I had no one to guide me. I was grabbing any opportunity I could get. Thankfully my husband supported me and believed in my passion. I realised in life, if there’s a will, there’s a way. The difficulties I went through were part of a learning process and if I were to go back in time, I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Defining the laws of success, Sumayyah has many tips. “If you’re noticed among many other professionals in your field, if people seek your advice and guidance, if you’re regularly in the news and seek to make an equal amount of money in return for all the time and effort you put in, you’ll get there.”