Joined in grief as fire vic­tims are­laid­tor­est

Emo­tive trib­utes paid to ‘en­er­getic’ busi­ness leader

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Nawal Al Ramahi @nawal_ramahi

Three women who died in a house fire have been laid to rest at a funeral at­tended by hun­dreds of fam­ily and friends.

Govern­ment min­is­ters and mem­bers of the Shar­jah royal fam­ily were among those to pay their re­spects to the prom­i­nent busi­ness fig­ure and char­ity direc­tor Ameera BinKaram, 38, her sis­ter Sama, 40, and their mother Badriya, 57.

All three died in a blaze at the fam­ily home in the Al Qadisya area of Shar­jah on Satur­day af­ter­noon. They were asleep when the fire took hold. A cause of the fire is yet to be re­leased. Ameera’s brother, Khalid, 32, was taken to hos­pi­tal in crit­i­cal con­di­tion but was stable last night.

Sheikha Deemas Yo­han Al Yeris Al Su­bosi, Prin­ci­pal of the Shar­jah Bri­tish In­ter­na­tional School and a close friend of the fam­ily, was in at­ten­dance at the funeral at Al Sa­habah Mosque.

She told 7DAYS: “Ameera was ex­tremely en­er­getic, it seemed she worked 24 hours a day. She de­voted her life to help­ing the poor and can­cer pa­tients.”

Al Su­bosi added: “She fo­cused on women's em­pow­er­ment and lead­er­ship. She truly was like a bee. “I can’t com­pre­hend that I would not speak to them again. Ev­ery­thing hap­pened too fast. “I am a close friend to the fam­ily, es­pe­cially Ameera’s mother.” At the funeral, mourn­ers car­ried the coffins through crowds of hun­dreds. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Knowl­edge De­vel­op­ment, was among those at­tend­ing. And on Satur­day night Ohood Al Roumi, Min­is­ter of State for Hap­pi­ness, wrote on Twit­ter: “Shocked by the de­par­ture of my sis­ter and friend, Ameera BinKaram her sis­ter Sama BinKaram and their mother. God have mercy on them and kiss them, ac­cept them.” Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the causes of the fire.

GOOD­BYE: Mourn­ers carry the coffins of the mother and two sis­ters who died in the fire

RE­MEM­BERED: Ameera BinKaram

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