Dubai Women reviews the projects that the establishment intends to implement during the coming period

The journey of empowering and enhancing the quality of life of women continues

  • Part of the first Dubai Women Council meeting for 2023. From the source

  • Mona Al Marri: "Projects designed according to the highest international standards, methodologies and practices."


The Board of Directors of Dubai Women Establishment (DWE) reviewed the projects that the Establishment intends to implement during the coming period within the main axes of its strategic plan 2023-2027 related to creating an enabling environment for women in the labor market, developing women leaders, and enhancing the quality of life of women in society, through which the Foundation seeks to enhance Dubai's position among the leading women-friendly cities in the world and enhance the presence of Emirati women in international forums. This year, which reflects the vision and directives of the wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court, and Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of the UAE Gender Balance Council and Chairperson of Dubai Women Establishment.

This came during the first meeting of 2023, which was chaired by Mona Ghanem Al Marri, Chairperson and Managing Director of Dubai Women Establishment, and attended by Hala Badri, Director General of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and Vice Chairperson of Dubai Women Establishment, Huda Al Hashemi, Assistant Minister of Cabinet Affairs for Strategic Affairs, Huda Buhumaid, Chief Marketing Officer at Dubai Holding, Khawla Rashid Al Muhairi, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Government Communications at DEWA, and Mona Bousmara is the Editor-in-Chief of Emarat Al Youm newspaper, Aljoud Ahmed Lootah, designer and entrepreneur, Moza Saeed Al Marri, Executive Director of the Office of the Director General and Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Roads and Transport Authority, in addition to Naima Ahli, Director of Corporate Support and Acting CEO of Dubai Women Establishment, and Sultana Saif, Director of Women's Development.

Enhancing Dubai's global competitiveness

Muna Al Marri affirmed the Foundation's commitment to supporting women, upgrading their functional and leadership capabilities, and enhancing the elements of their quality of life through qualitative programs and initiatives included in the strategic plan 2023-2027, which contributes to supporting efforts to benefit from their capabilities as a key partner in development and creating a more prosperous future, noting that these projects have been designed in accordance with the highest international standards, methodologies and practices, to meet the aspirations and directions of the Government of Dubai to be among the best global destinations in living and attract the best competencies in Various disciplines in the labor market, while upgrading the government work system.

Al Marri added that the Foundation attaches utmost importance to building and strengthening local and global partnerships within its work strategy, while ensuring that its projects are a qualitative addition to the elements of supporting women's economic and social participation and working to enhance their effective presence in international forums and develop their technical and technical capabilities in line with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, thus contributing to the continuation of the comprehensive development process of the emirate and enhancing its global competitiveness.

Empowering Women Leaders

The Chairperson of Dubai Women Establishment announced that under the directives of Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Establishment will launch during the coming period the "Women in Global Boards" program, which is a training program to qualify and enable women leaders in the government and semi-government sectors to acquire the necessary skills that qualify them to run for positions on the boards of directors of local and international institutions, and will be implemented next May, in cooperation with the Institute of Directors in the United Kingdom, a well-established institution. In the field of governance, she pointed out that this program, which is one of the best qualification programs in this field, stressing that the representation of Emirati women on the boards of directors of international institutions contributes to achieving a positive impact on them and enhances their global presence, in order to achieve the axis of developing women leaders within the strategic plan of the institution.

Novice Women Entrepreneurs

In terms of supporting women in the economic field, the Foundation will implement a training program for start-up entrepreneurs in cooperation with an international university specialized in providing these programs, with the aim of providing aspiring female entrepreneurs at the beginning of their careers with the skills, knowledge and tools necessary on how to establish their own projects and excel in the business world, adding that this initiative was designed according to the results of a research study conducted by Dubai Women Establishment to explore the needs and challenges faced by entrepreneurs today.

Integrated Strategy

The Board of Directors was briefed on the most prominent initiatives and projects that have been implemented during the past period, which included organizing a workshop «Dubai is a women-friendly city», in which 17 female employees from government departments in Dubai participated to exchange visions and ideas on initiatives and services that enhance Dubai's position globally as a women-friendly city, and the workshop will be a basis for developing an integrated strategy for this project in cooperation and coordination with the concerned government departments and bodies in the emirate to enhance the current components and reach the list of leading global cities in this field. By working to fill any current gaps and challenges and enhance the many existing components with new services that are in line with the concept and standards of women-friendly cities according to the research conducted on this topic.

The Board of Directors was also briefed on the developments of the "Women's Committees" project, one of the initiatives included in the new strategic plan of the Foundation, which is a working group consisting of heads of women's committees in government and semi-government entities in the Emirate of Dubai aimed at reviewing joint initiatives and programs that contribute to consolidating a work environment that supports gender balance and stimulates attracting and retaining female competencies. The second workshop was held in February at DEWA, and the third meeting was held in February at DEWA, and the ENOC Women's Committee and Dubai Courts will host the next two workshops to enhance cooperation and coordination efforts to achieve the objectives of the initiative.

Dubai Ladies Club

During the meeting, the Board of Directors of Dubai Women Establishment was briefed on the initiatives and projects implemented by Dubai Ladies Club during the first quarter of 2023, which included the provision of membership offers and sports, social and recreational activities in line with the club's goal to be among the world's leading clubs dedicated to women, by providing the best services to members and visitors of various nationalities and supporting and encouraging the projects of female entrepreneurs.