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Emirati businessmen advise nation’s youth

Dubai Chamber of Commerce hosts Majlis for finalists of its Tejar Dubai programme

Emirati businessmen advise nation’s youth

The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently hosted a business Majlis for eight finalists of the Tejar Dubai programme.

Tejar is the first initiative in the UAE to offer a specialised programme and platform for the nation’s youth to help them establish their own SMEs.

Since its launch in 2013, the programme has helped implement eight commercial projects as part of the chamber’s commitment to develop and support national talent. The projects are run by young Emirati entrepreneurs, who were previously selected from 300 applicants, and trained to enter the world of entrepreneurship.

The Majlis was attended by the finalists of the programme as well as other aspiring entrepreneurs, who used the opportunity to share innovative business ideas and tips with established Emirati businessmen, while learning from their success stories.

In his welcome speech, H.E. Hisham Al Shirawi, the second vice-chairman of the Dubai Chamber and chairman of the panel of experts committee of Tejar Dubai, said: "We realise the importance of coming up with a creative idea which is not an easy task.

“Hence, the panel of experts committee, made up of prominent Dubai business leaders and CEOs, considers the clarity, transparency and the economic feasibility of the idea to withstand the tests of the marketplace.

“Also, the idea is judged on the model developed by the Dubai Chamber in line with best global business practices and standards."

Essa Ali Al Zaabi, senior vice-president of the institutional support sector at the Dubai Chamber, and general coordinator of Tejar Dubai, informed that the initiative has organised over 60 meetings and more than ten workshops on different topics, which were attended by around 250 people.

He added that the Tejar Dubai Business Majlis, which will be regularly organised in the coming months, will benefit aspiring entrepreneurs to learn from the success stories of the first generation of businessmen in the country.