As a researcher and motivational speaker, Dr Al Yahyai is an academic expert in women rights in Oman and GCC. She played a significant role in improving national polices related to women rights in Oman from 2004 to 2011.
During her role as the Minister of Social Development, Dr Al Yahyai had an important role in the history of Omani Women which resulted in designating October 17th as the Omani Women’s Day by His Majesty, the Sultan of Oman.
Since 2004, Dr Al Yahyai has been participating actively in a number of national and international conventions related women’s empowerment, child rights, civil society and the overall social development. She presented a number of papers on women’s empowerment, leadership and examining legislation and practice in Oman in national and international conferences. On the policy-making level in Oman, she was appointed as a board member in a number of national councils such as the Higher Education Council, The Research Council, headed the National Committee of Family Affairs, and the UN CEDAW Committee. Most importantly, Dr Al Yahyai has been awarded the Arab Woman Award from Arab Women Studies Centre in 2008 and Civil Ordinance of Oman – Class II in 2005.
During her academic role in Sultan Qaboos University prior to being a Minister of Social Development, she published a number of studies relevant to gulf literature, Omani poems and women’s social and cultural values. From 2001 – 2004 she was a Professor in the Department of Arabic Literature in Sultan Qaboos University and currently a visiting lecturer in College of Arts & Social Sciences.
Dr Al Yahyai holds PhD in Middle Eastern Studies from University of Leeds, UK and MA in Modern Arabic Literature from Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman.