As part of its commitment to develop national talent and to open up avenues for their SME projects, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s initiative Tejar Dubai hosted a Business Majlis at the Chamber premises recently.
The Tejar Dubai Business Majlis which was attended by a batch of finalists of the programme as well as aspiring entrepreneurs provided a fitting platform for the young participants to share innovative business ideas and tips with established Emirati businessmen while learning from their success stories.
Since its launch last year, the Tejar Dubai programme has eight commercial projects being run by young Emirati entrepreneurs who have been selected and trained to enter the world of business.
In his welcome speech, H.E. Hisham Al Shirawi, 2nd Vice-Chairman of Dubai Chamber and Chairman of the Panel of Experts Committee of Tejar Dubai, called upon the participants to make the best use of this opportunity offered by the Chamber to grow professionally and enter the world of entrepreneurship stating that the initiative provides a dedicated platform for the nation’s youth to help support their entrepreneurial ambitions and foster success while cultivating a culture of entrepreneurship in the country.
H.E. Al Shirawi said: “We realise the importance of coming up with a creative idea which is not an easy task. Hence, the panel of experts committee made up of prominent Dubai business leaders and CEO’s consider the clarity, transparency and the economic feasibility of the idea to withstand the tests of the marketplace. Also, the idea is judged on the model developed by Dubai Chamber in line with best global business practices and standards.”
On his part, Essa Ali Al Zaabi, Senior Vice-President, Institutional Support Sector, Dubai Chamber and General Coordinator of Tejar Dubai, informed about the success of the initiative which he said has eight candidates, selected out of the 300, started implementing their creative business ideas under the programme.
Al Zaabi further informed that the initiative has thus far organised over 60 meetings with aspiring entrepreneurs as well as more than 10 workshops on different topics which directly benefited about 250 young Emiratis.
He added that the entrepreneurship programme is in line with the directives of the government to support SMEs as he also lauded its recent issuance of Federal Law No. 2 for the year 2014 concerning SMEs stating that the Tejar Dubai initiative is part of the constructive efforts of Dubai Chamber in supporting this vital economic sector.
The General Coordinator of Tejar Dubai said that the Business Majlis, which will be regularly organised in the coming months, will not only raise awareness about the importance of meeting established entrepreneurs but will also benefit aspiring entrepreneurs to learn from the success stories of the first generation of businessmen in the country.
The Tejar Dubai initiative launched by Dubai Chamber last year is the first in the UAE to offer a specialised programme and platform for youth to help them establish their own small-to-medium-sized businesses. It aims to find and train creative and commercially-minded youth to help them turn their business ideas into a reality.
Not only does the initiative provide youth with access to an extensive development programme, including classroom learning, on-site training, mentoring and business advice, but candidates also get networking opportunities with local and international business leaders and access to investment capital.