Dubbed UAE’s first female filmmaker, Nayla Al Khaja was thrust into the limelight and garnered critical acclaim for her documentary “Unveiling Dubai” in 2005.
Nayla etched herself into the regions film industry by Producing and Directing award winning shorts such as “The Neighbour” and “Malal” which went on to be nominated and receive awards from notable festivals such as Dubai International Film Festival, Florence Middle East Film Festival and Abu Dhabi Film Festival. She has also participated in over 42 festivals world wide.
Her exploits saw her honoured with the ‘Emirates Woman of the Year’ in 2005, and ‘The Youngest Entrepreneur’ of the year at the ‘Global Businesswomen & Leader’s Summit Awards’.
D-Seven Motion Pictures was founded in 2005 as a full service production company specialising in Film, TV, Commercial, and branded entertainment. Under her guidance D-Seven quickly established itself and worked with industry leaders such as Mercedes, BMW, Vogue, Nike, Nivea, Gucci, Canon and LG to name a few.
In 2007 Nayla’s passion for film saw her launch Dubai’s first film club aptly called ‘The Scene Club’ which grew from a mere 50 members in its first year to over 10,600 registered members. The Scene Clubs popularity has grown with such enthusiasm that new branches are scheduled to open in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah later this year.
Her exploits have seen her become an ambassador for Canon Middle East in addition to being ranked amongst the “top 50 most powerful personalities in Arab cinema”,“100 most powerful Arabs under 40” by the ‘Arabian Business’ magazine, and recently awarded ‘Visionary of the Year’ at the ‘Arabian Business Awards’.