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UAE university graduates set to participate in business start-up courses

United Arab Emirates: Tuesday, July 01 - 2008 @ 09:51

The programme was launched last week by Emirates Foundation in its continued effort to unlock Emirati talent and empower local women.

The three-week initiative is being sponsored by DLA Piper and Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB), with support from UAE University.

Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Managing Director of Emirates Foundation commented, “There is an unprecedented surge of Emirati women entering the workforce: we aim to support them by providing sustainable solutions to ensure their continued growth and success.”

The course is being delivered by the University of Dubai, Centre of Management and Professional Development. At the end of the programme, graduates will receive a Certificate in Business Plan Development & Entrepreneurship.

David Church, Regional Managing Partner of DLA Piper said: “We are proud to be part of a paradigm shift that will prepare women for the many career choices that were not previously possible or evident.”

Sultan Mohamed Al Mahmood, ADCB EVP – HR Head commented, “ADCB seeks to empower women, while maintaining deep awareness and great respect to our cultural and traditions. We are confident that this research effort will identify necessary solutions and changes that employers need to embrace.”

The second prong of the Tawteen project comprises a research element, which will test assumptions relating to potential female workplace issues. The four core issues revolve around understanding demand for secure female-only work accommodation; female-only transport to and from work; working from home or a business centre through a technology-enabled environment and provision of quality child care facilities in the workplace. Market research will be conducted in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi and Dubai with participation from private sector partners and women and men from varying demographics.

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