Dubai is synonymous with the words exceptional, fantastic, unique, desirable, exquisite and outstanding, to name a few.

Typically those are ways to describe their skyscrapers that kiss the sun drenched desert skies. article, wikimedia photo article, wikimedia photo

Dubai is also now known for something else unique and outstanding. That accolade is being home to their first female professional wrestler; a sweet girl named Gheeda. article photo article photo

The well-respected website reports, “Using the pseudonym Joelle Hunter, Gheeda Chamasaddine wears fishnet stockings, black boots and a leather jacket for her partially scripted matches. The 17-year-old student believes she is the first female pro wrestler in the Arab world.

Ms. Chamasaddine is part of the 20-man Dubai Pro Wrestling Academy, a group of small-time smack down enthusiasts, which includes local Emiratis and expatriates from the Indian subcontinent, Europe and other parts of the Arab world.”

Like most in Dubai, Gheeda has extremely high life aspirations. One day she hopes to compete in the world famous WWE.

The WWE has publicly stated it is aware of the cultural sensitivities of women wrestling in the Gulf region. It hasn’t put on a show with female wrestlers in the region yet. And while it offered a live show in conservative Saudi Arabia, only men were allowed to attend.

The well informed source adds, “Although it may not be the norm for a girl to be seen in the academy, Joelle attends training sessions three times a week where she learns moves such as the back breaker, the arm twister, and the clothes line.”

Gheeda is a perfect example of how the world continues to evolve and the rights of women to expand closer to equality with men.

The Dubai Pro Wrestling Academy is enjoying a rise in popularity in the Middle East, thanks to the large local fan following of the WWE. The wrestling promotion firm has prioritized international expansion and the Gulf region has proved a successful frontier, according to Ed Wells, Managing Director for International Operations at WWE.

Fans packed a stadium in Abu Dhabi previously to see WWE stars John Cena, Dolph Ziggler and Bad News Barrett wrestle for championship titles. Earlier the WWE launched 24 hour-programming in the Middle East and is considering Arabic-language content.

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Why don’t we travel there now?

Dubai is the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates .

It is located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf and is one of the seven emirates that make up the country. Abu Dhabi and Dubai are the only two emirates to have veto power over critical matters of national importance in the country’s legislature.

The city of Dubai is located on the Emirate’s northern coastline and is to host World Expo 2020.

By the 1960s Dubai’s economy was based on revenues from trade and, to a smaller extent, oil exploration concessions, but oil was not discovered until 1966. Oil revenue first started to flow in 1969.

Dubai’s oil revenue helped accelerate the early development of the city, but its reserves are limited and production levels are low: today, less than 5% of the emirate’s revenue comes from oil. The emirate’s Western-style model of business drives its economy with the main revenues now coming from tourism, aviation, real estate, and financial services. article, wikimedia photo article, wikimedia photo

As of 2012, Dubai is the 22nd most expensive city in the world and the most expensive city in the Middle East. In 2014, Dubai’s hotel rooms were rated as the second most expensive in the world, after Geneva. Dubai was rated as one of the best places to live in the Middle East by American global consulting firm Mercer.

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Perhaps the most outstanding attributes of Dubai, at least to the amazed eye, are its mind boggling skyscrapers with one in particular standing tall above all other skyscrapers in the world. article, wikimedia photo article, wikimedia photo

The nicely researched site expresses, “No development in engineering better embodies the modern world than the skyscraper. Born out of a messy conflux of aesthetic, economic, and structural needs, skyscrapers are a dominant fixture of every major city in the world. Piercing the heavens, they are a testament to man’s mastery of the fundamental forces of nature and to our ravenous ambition.

The record for world’s tallest building has been broken many times over the last century (no small feat, given the immense costs and engineering difficulties required to stack more and more floors on top of each other.) The current record holder is the Burj Khalifa, rising imperiously out of the sands of Dubai. The Burj Khalifa stands at a stunning 829.8m (2722 ft.,) nearly 700 ft. taller than the second tallest structure in the world and its symbolic place in the modern world is perhaps as noteworthy as its structural accomplishments.”

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At their exceptional site, the owners express, “More than just the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa is an unprecedented example of international cooperation, symbolic beacon of progress, and an emblem of the new, dynamic and prosperous Middle East.

It is also tangible proof of Dubai’s growing role in a changing world. In fewer than 30 years, this city has transformed itself from a regional center to a global one. This success was not based on oil reserves, but on reserves of human talent, ingenuity and initiative. Burj Khalifa embodies that vision.”

To view it from the outside and swoon at it from the inside, almost all would agree.

While it is superlative in every respect, it is the unique design of Burj Khalifa that truly sets it apart. The masterpiece of this new world capital attracted the world’s most esteemed designers to an invited design competition.

Femcompetitor Magazine wishes Gheeda great success in what we hope will be a long and prosperous wrestling career. Already she has given many women hope in the Middle East and around the world that a happy life is one that presents all of us with outstanding choices and options including opportunities in one of the world’s most elite and emerging cities.

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