Top business heads gather at Dubai entrepreneur event

Middle East, Asia and Africa's top entrepreneurs gather at the 'Celebration of Entrepreneurship' event in Dubai. Speakers include HE Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, UAE Minister of Foreign Trade, Amr Al Dabbagh, head of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority, alongside senior executives from Google, Aramex and more.
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More than 1,200 entrepreneurs, innovators, business leaders, finance providers and creative professionals from across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) region and beyond have gathered in Dubai for a 'Celebration of Entrepreneurship' on Nov 8-9, 2010 (ITP Images)
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Arif Naqvi, Founder and Group Chief Executive Officer, Abraaj Capital at the 'Celebration of Entrepreneurship' at the Celebration of Entrepreneurship at the Madinat Conference Centre on November 8 (ITP Images)
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Arif Naqvi, Founder and Group Chief Executive Officer, Abraaj Capital, and Fadi Ghandour, Member of the Abraaj Board of Directors and Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Aramex (ITP Images)
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HE Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, UAE Minister of Foreign Trade and Fred Sicre, Executive Director at Abraaj Capital (ITP Images)
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HE Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, UAE Minister of Foreign Trade at the Celebration of Entrepreneurship at the Madinat Conference Centre on November 8 (ITP Images)
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Amr Al Dabbagh, Governor and Chairman of the Board of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) at the Celebration of Entrepreneurship at the Madinat Conference Centre on November 8 (ITP Images)
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Razan Khatib, Co-founder & CEO at Spring Technologies (ITP Images)
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Christopher Schroeder, Internet Investor and CEO, HealthCentral, USA at the Madinat Conference Centre on November 8 (ITP Images)
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The event is expected to cultivate the existing spirit of enterprise by energising entrepreneurs at the grassroots and creating an environment that is conducive for a thriving entrepreneurial culture (ITP Images)
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The Celebration programme will feature workshops, inspirational talks by more than 120 high-profile speakers, one-on-one mentoring sessions with regional and international entrepreneurs (ITP Images)
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The event will also provide an opportunity to interact with policy-makers, institutions, finance providers and professional service providers (ITP Images)
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The Celebration is aimed at creating an enabling environment for entrepreneurship by empowering, inspiring and connecting entrepreneurs, who are catalysts for the growth of small and medium enterprise across MENASA (ITP Images)
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A delegate talks on her mobile phone at the Connect Cafe. (ITP Images)
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The area was a good meeting place for guests to swap business cards and network. (ITP Images)
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More than 50 partners, including leading universities, non-governmental organisations and global multi-nationals, are mobilising their resources to share their expertise at the event (ITP Images)
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Guests walk past the main registration area. (ITP Images)
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More than 1,500 guests attended the first day. (ITP Images)
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The SME sector currently accounts for more than 70% of the region's employment but generates less than 30% of its GDP, thus offering significant growth opportunities (ITP Images)
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Guests sit on beanbags while listening to one of the speakers. (ITP Images)
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The Celebration of Entrepreneurship will take place on November 8-9, 2010, at the Madinat Jumeirah Conference Centre in Dubai (ITP Images)
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An art installation is being created on the themes of inspiration and motivation. (ITP Images)
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The Celebration of Entrepreneurship will take place on November 8-9, 2010, at the Madinat Jumeirah Conference Centre in Dubai (ITP Images)
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A guest checks their Spotme device to network with fellow guests and speakers at the event. (ITP Images)