Meet the Emirati author in touch with her spiritual side


An Abu Dhabi-based author and life coach wants to get residents more connected to their spirituality with a new self-help book

Career development manager by day and spiritual guide by night, Emirati Eiman Al Zaabi is helping her readers get on track with a happier, more peaceful life.

We caught up with Eiman ahead of the launch of her first book, The Art of Surrender, to find out how to get better attuned with our own wellbeing.

How did you get into the self-help game?

I’ve always been someone who needs to question things. In 2006, I started doing some courses and a coaching certification, and that’s where I developed my passion. I decided to start a business; my female clients come to me with lots of issues from work-life balance to help with their relationships.

Through this, I developed a great knowledge in spiritual development. The idea to write the book nagged at me for two years, and writing it was almost like a form of therapy.


So what do you tackle head on in the book?

The Art of Surrender is about the relationship between truth and wellbeing. It focuses on getting readers to start asking questions for themselves.

It also deals with negative emotions and how to reflect on them because emotional intelligence is a primary prerequisite for a successful life.

The thing that’s important is developing a realistic understanding of life. It’s made to challenge us and bring us things that help us learn and grow. Our wellbeing is not a moment-to-moment sort of thing. You can’t just fix your finances and then life’s immediately going to get better. It’s more of a holistic understanding.

So, what’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned?

I had to learn how to be patient. That was key for me, both in myself and with those I work with.

Stress must now roll off your shoulders…

Reflection is an important part of my everyday process. I journal every night and think about how the day has gone, and what I want for tomorrow. I like to reflect on what’s not working in my life so that I can figure out how best to deal with it.

When does the book launch and what’s in store?

I’ll be introducing my book on 6th February, and it’s not going to be the typical book launch. I want to invite a deeper discussion based on some of the topics I cover, and we will also be going through some of the exercises I detail in the book. After,
I’ll be having a question and answer session.

To attend the launch on 6th February, prior registration is required by 23rd January. The event takes place at The Space, twofour54, Park Rotana Complex, next to Khalifa Park. Contact:


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