100 firms to take part in women's show
Dubai, October 30, 2013
More than 100 companies from the UAE and across the world will showcase the latest products and services for women in Dubai.
The 15th edition of the Women’s Exhibition will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from December 11 to 14.
The event is organised by Thoraya Al Awadhi, owner and founder of Thoraya Al Awadhi Group of Companies, and supported by the UAE Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the UAE Business Women Council.
It is a platform for women entrepreneurs, start-ups and companies new to the region whose products and services are focused on women.
“In the four days of the exhibition, you can gain a wealth of experience by interfacing with women from diverse backgrounds. It’s a celebration of women’s entrepreneurship, empowerment and creativity. As the leading event for women, by women, we bring together visionaries with big ideas and even bigger ambitions," said Al Awadhi.
“We have enhanced the quantity, quality and diversity of our exhibition stands to boost start-ups and SME’s, by attracting international exhibitors.”
The exhibitors will include areas of spas, wellness, fashion, travel, nutrition and cuisine, home décor and bridal services.
Humaid Mohammad Bin Salem, general secretary of the UAE Federation of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UAE FCCI), said at the press conference announcing the exhibition: “Since our organisation’s inception in 2001, we have strongly supported women’s entrepreneurship due to its central role in the socio-economic development of the UAE. As part of this goal, our federation incorporated the UAE Business Women Council to operate under our umbrella as per resolution 10 in 2001.
“This exhibition is perfectly timed, as it coincides with the UAE’s 42nd National Day celebrations as well as the voting for the Expo 2020 bids.”
Women entrepreneurs constitute about 10 per cent of the UAE’s private sector. More than 21,000 women have been enrolled, and now women make up 15 per cent of the board of companies under the chamber. Vision 2021 aims to raise this even further to 30 per cent, he added.
Fatima Obaid Al Jaber, chairperson of the UAE Business Women Council, and chairperson of the executive board of the Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council pointed out that: “The exhibition industry - particularly women’s events - is a great opportunity to promote destinations and attract visitors. Not only entrepreneurs, who represent 20 per cent of UAE tourists, but also exhibition tourists.” - TradeArabia News Service