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The pivotal role of women entrepreneurship for economic growth and development is widely being recognized and encouraged by GCC governments as evidenced by the highest ever rates of entrepreneurial and business activity by regional women, revealed an Al Masah Capital Report on “GCC Women – Entrepreneurs in a New Economy”.

Sharjah Tatweer Forum (STF), a youth-empowerment organization offering programs and activities to support young leaders and entrepreneurs to either establish start-ups or expand existing businesses, has received overwhelming response from its women members. Women have taken the lead in all of its support programs, including leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as participated in overseas international conferences with the aim of enhance their knowledge, skills and talent. In fact, two of STF’s five founding members and three out of its seven board members are women.

Sheraa (Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre), launched under the patronage of Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), Chairperson of Sheraa (Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center), has laid the foundations for a thriving community of young entrepreneurs who will contribute to the growth of the United Arab Emirates and the region. The centre, which commenced operations in January 2016, is located in the American University of Sharjah (AUS) campus.

The excitement at Bollywood Parks™ Dubai is mounting as we get closer to the launch of the world’s first Bollywood inspired theme park. Keeping the promise to offer ultimate excitement and entertainment, the park has yet another surprise for its patrons this summer.

The finalists for the 2016 Gulf Capital SME Awards organised by MEED have been announced; 47 companies will now go on to compete to win in 13 categories.