Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum

Top female executives speak out on women's rights at Arabian Business event in Dubai
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The first Arabian Business Women's Forum will examine the role of women working in the Arab world, the challenges they face and what opportunities that lie ahead
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Broadcast journalist Rebecca McLaughlin-Duane welcomed the speakers and guests at the event being held at Dubai's Armani Hotel
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Virgin Megastore MENA president Nisreen Shocair was among the prominent speakers at the event
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The event will see a number of panel discussions, including topics such as the role of women in the public sector and opportunities for female entrepreneurs
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The Arabian Business Women’s Forum brought together over 200 female leaders, executives, professionals and entrepreneurs
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Vicki Gillespie, VP of planning for the Middle East, Africa and Asia, at PepsiCo speaks at the event
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Gezairi Transport president and CEO Mona Bawarshi was a part of the panel discussion on 'Climbing the big business corporate ladder in the GCC'
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Other participants in the discussion included Rebecca Kelly, partner, Middle East Dispute Resolution and Regulatory Group, Clyde & Co and Tanya Carter, Director, GAA-Marta Consulting
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Tanya Carter makes a point
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This event was dedicated to the successful and savvy women who are continuing to grow, develop and gain recognition for their work and who are representative of the leaders of industry evolving the Middle East business market
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Fatima Al Jaber, COO of Abu Dhabi’s Al Jaber Group, was one of the top businesswomen speaking at the first Arabian Business Women’s Forum
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Rebecca Kelly, partner, Middle East Dispute Resolution and Regulatory Group, Clyde & Co
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A member of the audience asks a question to the panel
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Fatima Al Jaber discussed ways women could excel in Arabian business despite the barriers and challenges in the region
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The one day event will consist of a series of high-level keynote speeches, one-on-one Q&A and panel discussions and debates
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CEOs, chairwomen, general managers and senior executives from across industries including transport, real estate, finance and banking, retail, government, FMCG and entertainment attended the event
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Virgin Megastore MENA president Nisreen Shocair
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Khadeeja Al Marzooqi, Dubai FM - General Manager, Dubai Media Inc
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Panelists speak at the event held at Dubai's Armani Hotel
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Hanan Al Tamimi, senior manager for tendering and engineering, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)
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A member of the audience listens as panellists discuss the key issues of the day
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The panelists' opinions reflected popular views among the audience
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The panelists' opinions reflected popular views among the audience
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BBC News presenter Nima Abu Warder was the moderator for the panel discussion on 'Commodity on the rise - can woman make great entrepreneurs'
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Lucy Chuang, founder, Dubai Chinese Cultural Centre
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Panellists discussed issues such as the challenges of the 'glass ceiling' and ways of breaking it
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Carolina Tovar, director, Child Early Intervention Medical Centre
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Salam Saadeh, CEO, ActiveM Investments
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Zeina Al Tabari, chief corporate affairs officer, Drake & Scull International
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Maryam Al Thani, Board Secretary, Dubai Quality Group
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Dr Ayesha Abdullah, managing director – science clusters, TECOM Investments