Nayla Al Khaja – Keynote Speaker

Film Director, Producer and Screenwriter. CEO of Nayla Al Khaja Films and founder of The Scene Club

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Specialist Subjects

  • Harmonizing Work and Play: Striking the Right Balance in the Workplace
  • Shattering Unattainable Barriers: Journey to Becoming the UAE's First Female Director
  • The Intersection of AI and Film: Transforming Content Reach
  • Cognitive Dissonance Unveiled: Mastering the Art of Perspective
  • Inspiration
  • Culture and Media
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Youth and Leadership
  • Creativity
  • Middle East
  • Women in Cinema


  • English


Nayla Al Khaja is the first female film director in the United Arab Emirates and a top-tier speaker, consistently advocating for workplace enjoyment to increase productivity and support well-being. Nayla shares insights on various topics, drawing from her extraordinary real-life journey of overcoming barriers and showcasing how creativity can be a powerful problem-solving tool. With a knack for introducing enjoyable ideas to enhance workplace wellness and productivity, Nayla’s speaking style is infused with humor, leaving her audience both inspired and fully engaged.
Renowned for her versatility, she is often sought as a keynote speaker for empowerment themes or as the final speaker to add a touch of lightness after a series of presentations.
She successfully wrapped up her debut feature film, “Three,” which is scheduled for theatrical release on February 1, 2024 across the Gulf and major MENA territories.
Currently she has two films streaming on Netflix, The Shadow and Animal.
Her upcoming feature film, “BAAB,” is a fantasy realism horror slated for shooting in 2024, with the acclaimed two times Oscar winner AR Rahman set to compose the musical score for the film.
Nayla’s most recent accolades and awards include:
• Top 50 most powerful personalities in Arab Cinema by Variety
• Top 100 most powerful Arabs under 40 by Arabian Business
• Visionary of the Year Award at the Arabian Business Awards
• Businesswoman of the Year – Gulf Business Awards 2020
• Black Swan Award for Women Empowerment – Asia One 2019
• Top four Emirati women listed in Forbes – September 2019
• Entrepreneur of the Year during the Gulf Business Awards 2017

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