“I like it a lot,” Matroushi said, waving his oil-stained work glove. “Because I’m at the top of my job, and it’s my business, I’m part of it: I’m proud of myself.”
Cars have been a hobby for Matroushi, 36, since childhood.
“I love cars and their models and details. I love sports cars, I love luxury cars, even normal non-luxury cars, I love them all.”
She turned that passion into a profession and now owns and operates an auto repair shop in Sharjah, one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates.
Matroushi’s family doubted that she would pursue a job in auto mechanics, but asked her father to take a leap of faith with her.
“I said, ‘Dad, please trust me and you’ll see what I do.’ He said to me: “OK, OK! “Most of my family are surprised … because this project, this business, it’s not easy for the ladies,” she said.
Matroushi’s male employee Mohammed Halawani said it was initially strange to see a woman in charge of the garage.
“But after I joined and we started working and she was like, take this apart, assemble that, [it was clear] that she has experience. ”
Matroushi hopes to be able to transform his only garage into a large repair center or open more garages across the United Arab Emirates.
The UAE stipulates, under new legislation that came into effect last month, that UAE-based companies must have at least one woman on their board.