137 female employees working in the Saudi media conglomerate MBC Group have joined the Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC).
The announcement was done officially by DBWC and is a result of the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) signed between DBWC and MBC group back in September of 2022 during the “Women in Media Forum”, which was part of the #DBBWCFORUMS initiative, that included a series of talks aimed at raising awareness about the opportunities as well as challenges faced by women in various industries.
The announcement was done officially by DBWC
Members of DBWC, including the new ones from the MBC group, have access to various privileges and benefits that helps them become successful in their respective market fields and also help to conduct business operations efficiently within Dubai.
There are more than 65 activities conducted by WBC each year, including educational events and training sessions on topics that are relevant based on the current business atmosphere. Other topics, which provide the members with useful industry expertise and information based on different industries are also covered.
Talking about the accession of the new 137 female employees from the MBC group into the council, Nadine Halabi, Business Development Manager at DBWC stated that the membership of these women will open new areas of development and growth for all the members.
Moreover, she said “DBWC believes in the need for offering opportunities, education, awareness, etc. as well as building a positive change in the lives of women. So, we don’t spare any effort to ensure that all forms of support are provided to motivate the members to become active in the society that they live in, and also help in bolstering the national economy and taking it to the future.”
She also mentioned that the collaboration between the MBC Group and DBWC is based on mutually beneficial support and knowledge exchange. The aim of the cooperation will be to empower female entrepreneurs and businesswomen by offering them the needed knowledge, skills, networking platforms, initiatives, etc. that are required for them to excel in their respective fields.
The Dubai Business Women Council was established back in 2002 under the guidance of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Since its establishment, DBWC has grown to become the leading platform for the professional as well as personal development of businesswomen in the UAE, especially in the emirate of Dubai.
Apart from Nadine Halabi, the core team of DBWC also includes Tania A. Ghoussainy, Communications & Administrative Coordinator; Michelle Silva, Membership Officer, and Dima El Assi, Partnerships & Events Coordinator.
Over the years, DBWC has dedicated its capabilities to enhancing gender equality in society and also has done its part to encourage women to play an active and growing role in the positive growth of the country’s economy and also to promote sustainable development.
Employed businesswomen, who live in the UAE or within the MENA region, are welcome to become a part of the collective. The council regularly conducts workshops and similar events aimed at improving the capabilities and knowledge of women to run businesses on their own.
DBWC also conducts mentorship programs aimed at helping the women in the MENA region become successful in their businesses and grow as an entrepreneur. The fifth cycle of the mentorship program called the “2023 Executive Accelerator Program” was just launched, aimed at promoting Dubai as the best destination for starting/running businesses.
The mentorship program will run for six months and will bring mentors from various business sectors to provide their respective mentees with the opportunity to learn from the experts. Mentors of the program are usually from agencies, institutions, and businesses that have existing partnerships with the DBWC.
For the fifth edition of the Executive Accelerator Program, mentors will be representatives from a list of companies including PWC (PricewaterhouseCoopers), Accenture Middle East, Edelman Middle East, American University in Dubai, Deloitte, Aramex, Be Unique Group, Dubai Land Department, and Ince & Co.
To ensure that the mentorship program is in its best form throughout the duration, there is a steering committee in place. The members of the mentorship program’s steering committee include Nadine Halabi, DBWC Business Development Manager; Zina Janabi, Inclusion and Diversity Director at PwC Middle East; Nisrine El Lababidi, Founder of Hard Noon Design Studio; and Nazha Osseiran, Managing Partner at Chipmunk General Trading.
Other upcoming events held by DBWC include a “Fireside Chat” with Jeni Mundy, who is the Global SVP, Merchant, and Acquiring, at VISA. She’s also a professional yachtswoman and also has a world record in her name.
There will be a motivational talk by Ms. Mundy, followed by the fireside chat. Throughout the session, she will take the audience through her professional journey so far, her achievements, and her experiences. She will also share some key leadership lessons as well as insights on the challenges that women face in business and career development, and how to overcome them.