DBWC, DED Collaborate on Supporting and Empowering Women Entrepreneurs


The Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Economic Development (DED) with the aim of enhancing joint cooperation in supporting and empowering female entrepreneurs from the Council members

The agreement is expected to grant various privileges to entrepreneurs by exchange experiences in the field of small and medium enterprises and organizing joint events and initiatives to promote entrepreneurial projects, thus achieving sustainable development of their businesses and meeting their professional aspirations, as active members of the economy of the Emirate of Dubai and the UAE.

The MoU was signed by Nadine Halabi, Business Development Manager, DBWC, and Mariam Al Afridi, Director of Government Communications Department, DED.

Supporting women entrepreneurs

Welcoming the agreement, H.E Dr. Raja Al Gurg, President of the Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC), underlined that this comes as part of the Council’s endeavors to broaden its strategic network and partnership with various competent authorities to lend support and care for the DBWC members, pointing out that the MoU constitutes an organizational framework for the cooperation with the DED, with the aim of strengthening relations and achieving common visions and goals to encourage entrepreneurship and support women in the small and medium enterprises sector.

DBWC, DED Collaborate on Supporting and Empowering Businesswoman

“This would help serve the vision and orientations of the UAE and the efforts underway to rise up this vital sector. Our partnership with the DED is expected to provide support for the projects of female entrepreneurs and take them to new heights of development and expansion by tapping into the DED’s capabilities and expertise in this regard and its ability to achieve growth for the members of the Council and enhance their status,” she added.

Dr. Al Gurg made it clear that the MoU underpins the DBWC’s role in supporting the entrepreneurship sector, which has the priority among the Council’s initiatives and programs aimed at cementing the status of Dubai as a leading entrepreneurship hub across the region, pointing to the Council’s impactful role in empowering women in the business environment and providing them with the latest experiences and practices, as well as boosting their efficiency and productivity in advanced ways to ensure the success of their businesses.

On the other hand, Mariam Al Afridi, Director, Government Communication at Dubai Economy quoted saying: “Empowering women through business and entrepreneurship is a main focus for Dubai Economy and our efforts have expanded to wider geographies and demographics through initiatives such as SheTrades MENA as well as the efforts of Dubai SME, our agency mandated to develop the small and medium enterprises sector, to promote an entrepreneurial culture across the local community through specialised training, advisory and funding for idea incubation and start-up growth. Dubai Economy is happy to continue offering diverse opportunities for women and strengthen our efforts towards inclusive and sustainable economic development in partnership with the Dubai Women Business Council.”


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