New UAE initiative to focus on women entrepreneurs

Abu Dhabi Global Shapers hub will also encourage young people on subjects such as education, careers

A World Economic Forum initiative led by young leaders working on grassroots initiatives in their communities has been launched in Abu Dhabi.

The Abu Dhabi Hub of the Global Shapers community, which follows a similar initiative in Dubai last year, will focus on the promotion of women entrepreneurs, a statement said.

The new hub will be led by Dr Mona Hammami, senior project manager at the Crown Prince Court.

There are nine Global Shapers in the Abu Dhabi hub, from both the public and private sectors, and they include nationals as well as expatriates passionate about making a positive contribution to the city of Abu Dhabi, the statement added.

The new hub’s projects will focus on young people, particularly on aspects related to careers and education.

“We would like to promote women entrepreneurship as one of our main themes, and we will work with universities to achieve that,” Hammami said.

Also at the launch was Mohamed Al Qhadi, a Global Shaper in the Abu Dhabi Hub who is the founder and head of the Renaissance Project in the UAE.

He said: “In our first year, we seek to support women through 'Fikrati', a competition aimed to foster an entrepreneurial culture among Emirati women in the Emirate.” The project tackles labour market issues by promoting entrepreneurship and innovation.

Hammami added: “We also would like to cover marginalised groups and geographical areas within Abu Dhabi, so we will choose to have our activities elsewhere in the Emirate, including Al Ain and Al Gharbia.”

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