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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

Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum
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
Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum
Broadcast journalist Rebecca McLaughlin-Duane welcomed the speakers and guests at the event being held at Dubai's Armani Hotel
Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum
Virgin Megastore MENA president Nisreen Shocair was among the prominent speakers at the event
Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum
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
Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum
The Arabian Business Women’s Forum brought together over 200 female leaders, executives, professionals and entrepreneurs
Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum
Vicki Gillespie, VP of planning for the Middle East, Africa and Asia, at PepsiCo speaks at the event
Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum
Gezairi Transport president and CEO Mona Bawarshi was a part of the panel discussion on 'Climbing the big business corporate ladder in the GCC'
Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum
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
Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum
Tanya Carter makes a point
Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum
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
Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum
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
Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum
Rebecca Kelly, partner, Middle East Dispute Resolution and Regulatory Group, Clyde & Co
Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum
A member of the audience asks a question to the panel
Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum
Fatima Al Jaber discussed ways women could excel in Arabian business despite the barriers and challenges in the region
Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum
The one day event will consist of a series of high-level keynote speeches, one-on-one Q&A and panel discussions and debates
Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum
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
Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum
Virgin Megastore MENA president Nisreen Shocair
Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum
Khadeeja Al Marzooqi, Dubai FM - General Manager, Dubai Media Inc
Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum
Panelists speak at the event held at Dubai's Armani Hotel
Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum
Hanan Al Tamimi, senior manager for tendering and engineering, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)
Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum
A member of the audience listens as panellists discuss the key issues of the day
Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum
The panelists' opinions reflected popular views among the audience
Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum
The panelists' opinions reflected popular views among the audience
Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum
BBC News presenter Nima Abu Warder was the moderator for the panel discussion on 'Commodity on the rise - can woman make great entrepreneurs'
Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum
Lucy Chuang, founder, Dubai Chinese Cultural Centre
Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum
Panellists discussed issues such as the challenges of the 'glass ceiling' and ways of breaking it
Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum
Carolina Tovar, director, Child Early Intervention Medical Centre
Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum
Salam Saadeh, CEO, ActiveM Investments
Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum
Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum
Zeina Al Tabari, chief corporate affairs officer, Drake & Scull International
Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum
Maryam Al Thani, Board Secretary, Dubai Quality Group
Gulf's glass ceiling in the spotlight at women's forum
Dr Ayesha Abdullah, managing director – science clusters, TECOM Investments