In the fifth grade, I acquired the skill of beekeeping and honey harvesting

Mahra Al Naqbi.. a 10-year-old Emirati beekeeper.. video

  • Mahra Al Naqbi was able to overcome the difficulties thanks to the constant support of her coach and the encouragement of the family.

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Although she is not more than 10 years old, the Emirati girl, Mahra Hamad Al Naqbi, who resides in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah and is studying in the fifth grade of primary school, is considered the youngest Emirati beekeeper, after she was able to acquire the skill of beekeeping, and to have her own beehive that she takes care of and reaps from. Honey.


Mahra Al-Naqbi told "Emirates Today": "The training in beekeeping took nearly four months, as she joined the training last February, and was able to produce honey in May."

She added: "The beginning of the idea was when I drew a painting representing a bee hive, and showed it to the family members, and they liked it. My aunt advised me to develop my passion for bees by learning how to raise them. Indeed, last February, I joined the training with the trainer (Um Suhail), who is the first beekeeper. She is an Emirati trainer, and I was able to learn from her a lot of important information about bees, their qualities, their life, ways of feeding and caring for them, how to take care of the hive, the seasons in which honey is harvested and how to do that.”

Despite the difficulties

Regarding the most prominent difficulties that she faced in this field, Al-Naqbi indicated that she faced a number of difficulties, the most important of which was that the training was done remotely, due to the measures imposed by the “Covid-19” pandemic, but she was able to overcome these difficulties thanks to the continuous support she was providing. Her trainer (Um Suhail), and the family's encouragement and support, and their keenness to provide all the tools and means that would enable them to achieve success.

Al-Naqbi explained that "her passion for bees leads her to achieve more success in the future." and other products related to beekeeping.

children and adults

For her part, the Emirati trainer (Um Suhail), who is the first Emirati beekeeper and trainer in the field of beekeeping, expressed her happiness with Mahra Al Naqbi and her determination to benefit from her passion for bees and turn it into a useful project, and her ability to overcome the difficulties she faced, especially since the training was done remotely. And not in a practical way.

She added: "For me, Mahra Al-Naqbi is a quick learner, and thanks to her intelligence and her passion for bees, she was able to raise bees and produce honey from them. She also moved in training to another stage represented in the cycle of producing queens and bee parcels."

Pointing out that training children is different from training adults, as it requires greater care, and to be under the direct supervision of the coach.

At the same time, I considered that training children is not more difficult than adults. The difficulty depends on the personality of the trainee and the extent of his love and passion for bees. The greater the passion, the easier it becomes to learn.

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Mahra Al Naqbi:

• “I aspire to have a private farm that contains many types of flowers and trees for bees to feed on.”

from afar

The Emirati trainer (Um Suhail) said: “The effectiveness of (remotely) training in the field of beekeeping is sufficient to teach the trainee to successfully acquire and raise bees.” She added: “Through my two-year experience in field training, I dealt with female trainees from other countries ( remotely), they were able to pass the training phase successfully,” explaining that “the training during the establishment of the apiary for the production of honey needs four months, and the production of queens and bee parcels requires an additional four months of training.”

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