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Emotive tributes paid to ‘energetic’ business leader
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