Women Business Owners in the United Arab Emirates

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the Center of Arab Women for Training and Research and the International Finance Corporation December

2007

Women Business Owners in the United Arab Emirates

SUPPORTED

BY

the Center of Arab Women for Training and Research and the International Finance Corporation December

2007

Dubai Women’s College

Dubai Women’s College (DWC) was established in 1989 and is part of the Higher Colleges of Technology, one of the leading higher education institutions in the UAE with 14 campuses located throughout the country delivering a wide range of quality programs to over 16,000 students. DWC's mission is to provide a learning environment for young women to “Practice the Future” by developing confidence, professional excellence and an ethical commitment to leadership roles in a rapidly developing local economy. For further information on the Dubai Women's College, please visit: http://dwc.hct.ac.ae/ Or contact : Dubai Women’s College P.O. Box 16062, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Tel: +971 4 267 2929 - Fax: +971 4 267 3939

The Dubai Business Council is placed under the Economic Affairs and Trade Activities Committee of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Its mission is to encourage businesswomen in Dubai, and activate the contribution of women in the national economy, by providing them with Business and Commercial Services, but also counselling in terms of Health & Education. For further information on the Dubai Businesswomen Council, please visit: http//www.dcci.ae/contents.asp?page=Bus_Women Or contact: Dubai Businesswomen Council Greek Side- aside the Dubai National Bank, Dubai, 1457, United Arab Emirates Tel: +971 4 202 8390 - Fax: +971 4 202 8590 Email: [email protected]

The council represents the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry in the U.A.E. Businesswomen Council and other similar organization, in the region and the world at large, as well as in various women affairs conferences and functions, on regional, Arab and international levels. It also cooperates with local, Arab and international organizations concerned with the economic affairs to the benefit of their programs, related to the consolidation of female contribution to the economic development process. For further information on the Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council, please visit: http//www.adbusinesswomen.ae/ Or contact: Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council: P.O. Box 662, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Tel: +971 2 617 7526 / 531 - Fax: +971 2 634 1210 Email: [email protected]

Table of Contents Foreword .............................................................................................................................................II Dubai Women's College Dubai Businesswomen Council Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council Glossary of Abreviations................................................................................................................V I. Introduction....................................................................................................................................1 II. Methodology..................................................................................................................................2 III. Overview and Important Business Concerns .........................................................................2 IV. Business Characteristics .............................................................................................................4 V. Personal Characteristics of the Women Business Owners in the Survey ................................6 VI. International Trade Activities ...................................................................................................8 VII. Use of Technology.......................................................................................................................9 VIII. Access to and Use of Financing...............................................................