x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

One woman who prefers being home

After graduating in e-commerce, Mona Shemili decided to stay home and devote herself full-time to raising a family in the town of Al Rams, on the north coast of RAK.

RAS AL KHAIMAH // Mona Shemili, 28, graduated in e-commerce from the RAK Women's College in 2003. But after her graduation, she decided to stay home and devote herself full-time to raising a family in the town of Al Rams, on the north coast of RAK. "I have decided to not work. After I got married, this was my decision. Most working women will say 'we are doing well, we can take care of the family', but for myself, I think not. My children are too young. One is five, one is three and the smallest is two. So it's difficult to leave them.

"For women who have bigger children, they leave them in schools, this is easy. But for women who have children that are too young it is different. "Sometimes women leave children with their grandmother but my mother is old. She can't take care of three young children. I won't leave them with someone else." Ms Shemili divides her time between her home in Al Rams and her mother's home. Her husband is in the Army.

"We arrange a good budget and we have enough at the end of the month. Maybe in the future I will do some work in the home. Maybe I will do some make-up, cook some meals and make henna for my relatives. "Before, it was difficult for women to work. Only a few of them, like teachers, left their children. But now it is different. Most women are working so their children will be more comfortable with more luxury.

"Nowadays, some men are looking for women who are working. Still there are a lot of husbands who do not agree with women getting work. My husband is comfortable; it's my decision." azacharias@thenational.ae