2017 ended on a celebratory note for Dana when she was voted Woman of the Year by readers of Grazia Qatar. The award was given in recognition of her role in shaping a national narrative - her vision for a nation proud of its cultural heritage and potential future cultural offering and legacy. The award pays tribute to Dana's own musical talent, commitment and passion. All these elements have driven her determination to shine a spotlight on the burgeoning music scene here in Qatar through supporting the existing music initiatives in the country and contributing to the establishment of new infrastructure from the creation of Qatar's first and only record label to endorsing music education programmes and competitions for our next generation of talent.
Thanks to her most recent album release, Sandstorm, her appointment as the official composer to Qatar Airways, and to the overwhelming success of her debut London concert performing to a sold out audience at the prestigious Theatre Royal Haymarket, she is garnering incredible international acclaim. In a recent interview with Grazia, Dana says of the power of music, “Art is a compelling storyteller, a representation of human emotion, human development, of history, of the truth of people’s circumstances. It’s the most compelling and purest way to communicate with other cultures.”