Nayla Al Khaja is the first female film director and producer in the United Arab Emirates. She founded in 2007 The Scene Club, Dubai’s first film club, which now counts over 22,000 registered members. The Scene Club is a monthly film club that highlights the best of international independent cinema and provides a platform from which to celebrate and discuss independent productions. Nayla also wrote and directed several films, all presented and awarded in international film festivals. In 2006, she was awarded the title of Best Emirati Filmmaker during the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).
Nayla graduated from in 2005 from the Ryerson University in image studies and filmmaking. Her dedication to develop the UAE’s film industry and her advocacy for Women in Cinema, helped her reputation of trustworthy professional grow.