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Female Entrepreneurship Is Growing Rapidly In The UAE

The United Arab Emirates is seeing greater female representation in startups, boardrooms, and venture funding firms.



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A rise in the number of women-led startups and venture funds is set to boost female entrepreneurship across the United Arab Emirates, which has already grown significantly in recent years. In October, global technology group e& launched a $250 million venture capital fund to support a new startup ecosystem and diversity and inclusion of women are crucial parameters to qualify for investment.

“Women have a voice that is loud and clear in boardrooms, in investment committees, and in funding rounds. I see a lot of opportunities created for women, especially in recent years,” explained Zahra El Zayat, chief commercial officer at evision, during an online panel hosted by the Atlantic Council’s WIn Fellowship earlier this week.

Meanwhile, Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE’s ambassador to the US, explained to the panel, “I know funding, in general, is hard, even for young men now, it is not just a challenge for women [but] we have to create the right ecosystem and allow more encouragement, more risk-taking and more incentivizing for women [to motivate them to] enter this space”.

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Nearly half of female business owners in the UAE find it tough to raise capital, with up to 80% tapping into personal savings to achieve their goals, according to Visa’s Women SMB Digitalisation Index.

However, the index also found that women-owned companies in the UAE scored highly regarding digital marketing, online presence, and customer engagement.

The UAE’s government has passed several laws over the past 15 years to enhance female contribution to society and sustainable development goals, reflecting a genuine commitment to equality across economic, social, and work environments.


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Hamad International Wins 2024 Skytrax World Airport Awards

The Qatar airport also won “World’s Best Airport Shopping” for the 2nd time, and “Best Airport in the Middle East” for the 10th year.



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Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha, Qatar, has once again won the “World’s Best Airport” title at the Skytrax World Airport Awards. The award ceremony, held at the Passenger Terminal Expo 2024 in Frankfurt, Germany, also saw Hamad clinch the accolade of “World’s Best Airport Shopping” for the 2nd time in a row and “Best Airport in the Middle East” for an impressive 10th consecutive year.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Eng. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, who played a key role in the airport’s development over the past decade, said: “This is a remarkable achievement for Hamad International Airport, as it celebrates its 10th anniversary of operational excellence, connecting passengers seamlessly from all around the world. It is a testament to the dedication of our team and partners, who have contributed to providing passengers with the finest travel experience”.

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Al-Meer emphasized the importance of understanding changing travel trends and the needs of modern air passengers: “At the heart of our growth strategy lies the passengers’ journey, their evolving needs, and our commitment to meeting and exceeding their expectations. We have introduced a diverse range of experiences at the airport, including Souq Al Matar, which brings Qatari hospitality and culture closer to travelers, “Orchard”, the ideal place for relaxation and rejuvenation between flights, and an array of high-end lounges”.

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Hamad International Airport saw a massive 31% surge in passenger traffic during 2023, with the transport hub now serving over 45 million passengers annually. The airport is now home to prestigious airlines, including Vistara, Iberia, Xiamen Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, and Japan Airlines, serving 250+ destinations for passenger and cargo flights.

The uptick in traffic is no doubt due to the completion of the first phase of an extensive expansion project. Hamad’s management intends to radically update the airport’s facilities over the coming years in a bid to create the “airport of the future”. The expansion features a unique and calming environment of lush greenery and several contemporary dining and shopping concepts among the already well-equipped leisure facilities.

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