Dubai Business Women Council launches ‘Spirit Of Zayed’ mentorship programme for UAE’s trailblazing women

Business leaders, pioneers and captains of industry across UAE unite for cutting-edge initiative to enhance gender equality in economic and societal development. 

January 23rd, 2018, Dubai (UAE): Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC) has marked the ‘Year of Zayed’ with the launch of a mentorship programme designed to honour the pioneering vision ofSheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding Father in the UAE, and facilitate  the full participation of women across socio-economic life.

As the UAE’s leading platform for the personal and professional development of women, DBWC has been spearheading the path towards increased female-led economic prosperity by encouraging women to formulate, advocate and pursue their own vision and ambitions through a unique series of activities that address topics as diverse as Arab women in sport, the rise of women in finance, and the role of Dubai’s business sector in challenging gender distinctions.

Starting next month, the inaugural DBWC ‘Spirit of Zayed’ mentorship programme, a first-of-its-kind for the region, will bring together the UAE’s captains of industry in tailored partnership with the Council’s entrepreneurial members. Through their individual partnerships with the nation’s most experienced industry practitioners, DBWC members will gain valuable personal and professional insights and advice to help them navigate complex business situations in pursuit of their dreams.

This year was named by UAE President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as the ‘Year of Zayed’, marking 100 years since the birth of the country’s Founding Father, and upholding the virtues he lived by, and instilling them across the country.

Dr. Raja Al Gurg, President, Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC).

Dr. Raja Al Gurg, President, Dubai Business Women Council said: “Dubai Business Women Council embodies the values of progression, leadership and goodwill, pioneered by the Sheikh Zayed, the Father of the Nation. We are committed to driving innovation and change for gender parity and I am confident that the ‘Spirit of Zayed’ mentorship programme will play a vital role in our progression towards a society that challenges bias and better distributes opportunity to ensure women can succeed as equals in business and social development.

“With the programme bringing together captains of industry the whole gamut of sectors: banking and financial services; real estate; fashion and beauty; technology and cyber security; media and broadcasting; consulting and government enterprises, we are once again demonstrating our support for women to believe in the power of their ambitions, no matter what they may be.”

Among the industry leaders uniting for an initiative DBWC believes will become theUAE’s most sought-after business intelligence programme, are representatives from JP Morgan; Expo 2020 Dubai; Societe Generale, MBC Group, Effa Fashion and The Sustainability Platform.

To be part of DBWC’s community of visionary and trailblazing women with unparalleled access to exclusive workshops, events and educational sessions, please visit For all the latest updates on Council’s activities follow DBWC on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

About Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC)

Established in 2002, under the umbrella of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Dubai Business Women Council is the UAE’s leading platform for the personal and professional development of women in the Emirate of Dubai.

In 2017, DBWC is celebrating 15 years of pioneering a fresh approach to enhancing positive change towards a more gender balanced society.

Providing strategic education, training and networking opportunities to aid the holistic development and aspirations of UAE-based women is at the heart of the DBWC’s mission to inspire women to be productive members of the society and economy.

DBWC’s tailored workshops and training sessions are hosted exclusively for its members and provide information about the latest knowledge, skills and best practices for women entrepreneurs and leaders. For more information about the DBWC and how to join its community of visionary and influential trailblazing women, visit

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