Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council to foster an entrepreneurial culture

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Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council members during the meeting.

The Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council (ADBWC) held its first meeting in 2022, which was led by the Chairwoman of the Council Asma Al Fahim.

The meeting addressed the Council’s strategic objectives and creative initiatives for the upcoming period to enhance women’s contribution to the sustainable economic development in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

The members of the Council discussed opportunities to enable women to reach new levels in the business and investment sector.

The meeting was attended by the members of the Abu Dhabi Business Women Council: Dr Khadija Al Ameri, Noor Al Tamimi, Marwa Al Mansoori, and Shaikha Al Nowais.

The meeting was held at ‘Architecture’, one of the unique projects in Mamsha Al Saadiyat, launched by Emirati entrepreneur Noran Al Bannai, which reflects the Council’s efforts to support businesses launched by female entrepreneurs across various sectors in Abu Dhabi.

Asma Al Fahim, Chairwoman of the Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council, said: “The Council plays a key role in enhancing the competitiveness of women in the market.”

“Women have an active role in strengthening trade and investment relations with countries across the world, and have made a series of achievements which have inspired future generations.” “The Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council aims to foster an entrepreneurial culture and encourage ambitious women to develop their projects and expand their business in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. We appreciate the support of our wise leadership in this field, as well as the Emirate’s competitive advantages, such as advanced infrastructure and diverse investment opportunities in vital sectors, to drive our growth and success,” he added.

The Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council discussed its upcoming initiatives to support women and entrepreneurs, by providing them with the required advice to launch their business in the emirate and the UAE. The Council will build effective partnerships with the government and the private sector, and strengthen cooperation with local and international business councils.

The Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council, a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCI), was established in 2001 to encourage women to pursue a career in entrepreneurship. The Council supports women by providing training and development, consultancy services, legislative and technical guidance, and facilitating the exchange of knowledge and expertise among business women, to enhance productivity and raise product quality.

Meanwhile within their endeavour to support businesswomen and women entrepreneurs in Abu Dhabi and to help them increase their contribution to the economic development process in the Emirate, the Board of Directors of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry has reinstituted a new board for the Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council (ADBWC) last week.

The new board will have a mandate to help women entrepreneurs refine their skills; introduce them to the applicable laws and policies; and help them learn how to benefit from the local and federal governmental initiatives and incentives to name a few.

Chaired by Asma Al Fahim, the ADBWC included in its memberships Board Members from the Abu Dhabi Chamber along with successful businesswomen in Abu Dhabi including Nour Al Tamimi, Dr Khadija Al Ameri, Marwa Al Mansouri, and Sheikha Al Nuwais.

“Over the past fifty years, the UAE has placed women empowerment amongst its top priorities and supported the Emirati woman to be a key partner in building the UAE,” said Chairwoman Al Fahim, commenting on the new formation of the ADBWC.

She added, “the support of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, and Honorary Chairwoman of the ADBWC, played a huge role in women development in all fields, especially entrepreneurship. Thanks to Her Highness Sheikha Fatima, the Emirati woman is now equipped with all the factors of success to occupy her proper place regionally and internationally.”

Al Fahim pointed out that the ADBWC is keen to increase its communication with businesswomen in Abu Dhabi to keep them updated on the latest economic changes, noting that the Council will launch new initiatives and programs to support the business environment and to equip women entrepreneurs with all the necessary tools that allows them to benefit from all business opportunities in the local, regional and international markets.

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