Emirati women play a crucial role in driving UAE’s economic and social progress: Raja Al Gurg

DUBAI — Dr. Raja Al Gurg, Member of the Executive Committee of Dubai Chamber and President of the Dubai Business Women Council, said that Emirati women have played a crucial role in driving the UAE’s economic and social progress, thanks to the strong commitment of the UAE’s wise leadership to supporting women in their quest to take their rightful place in the nation’s economy.

“The achievements of Emirati women are a source of pride for us, as they have succeeded in a highly competitive work environment and are now holding prominent positions in government and business. Emirati women account for 34 percent of the Chamber staff, and 18 percent of the organisation’s board of directors, which reflects the Chamber’s strong commitment to empowering women and their ability to serve the business community,” Al Gurg said.

He was addressing an event hosted by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in co-operation with the UAE Ministry of Economy on Sunday, to celebrate Emirati Women’s Day 2017, which was held under the theme “Women in Business and Community.”

Emirati Women’s Day was initiated in 2015 by H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood.

She highlighted the remarkable accomplishments that have been made by Emirati women since the Chamber established the Dubai Business Women Council 15 years ago, and noted that the Council has grown rapidly to include more than 500 members.

Al Gurg also announced the launch of a new working group under the Dubai Chamber Sustainability Network that will involve Emirati women as part of an agenda of social and economic development, in line with the UAE Vision 2021. The group will identify and build partnerships with public and private sector players and help create new opportunities for women.

Source: Emirates News Agency