“When the Council was established, we pledged to develop it and ensure that it fulfills the needs of every businesswoman in all possible ways. We have been able to achieve this goal through faith, strong will and knowledge. We have also been inspired by generations of women before us who have shown us the path with their experiences in this field.
Over the years we have witnessed an increase in the number of members in the Council. This proves the need for the Council in Dubai, and how its existence is a win-win situation for all businesswomen who are united under its roof. The Council's main concern is to develop the role of the business woman and help her advance. The Council also actively contributes to the economic growth of the country." …
Dr.Raja Easa Al Gurg, Managing Director of the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group LLC (ESAG), is a well known businesswoman in the region. She has achieved laurels for her stellar leadership of the Group under the tutelage of her father, the Chairman, H.E. Easa Saleh Al Gurg, KCVO, CBE. Her counsel and valuable insights have significantly contributed to the growth and expansion of ESAG.
A leading business woman in her own right, Dr. Al Gurg has carved a unique niche for herself in the region due to her support and encouragement of Arab women entrepreneurs. She is the President of Dubai Business Women Council; Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors,Dubai Healthcare City Authority;Board member of the Dubai Chamber Of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) andDubai Women’s Association.
Dr. Al Gurg is the first Emirati woman on the board of HSBC Bank Middle East Limited and is also on the advisory board of Coutts Bank, the wealth division of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. She is the Head of the Auditing Committee at the Federal Customs Authority and a Board member. Dr Raja is also on the Board of Trustees for the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives - one of the largest development and community foundations in the Middle East.
She is alsoVice Chairperson, Board of Trustees, for the Mohammad Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences and a member of the Board of Governors of the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University. She was conferred the Doctor of Literature (D.Litt.) honour by Amity University, India. Dr. Raja Al Gurg is also the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Al Jalila Foundation, a non-profit organisation whose mandate is to promote the UAE as a centre of excellence for medical research and education.
Dr Raja Easa Al Gurg has been ranked the third most influential businesswoman in the Arab worldin Forbes Middle East’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Businesswomenfor 2017 ranking. She features in the 29th spot in the listing of the100 Most Powerful Arabs, compiled by Gulf Business magazine in 2017. Shewas listed 91stamong‘The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’by Forbesfor2016 and ranked second in 'The World's 100 Most Powerful Arab businesswomen'listingfor 2015 by Forbes International Magazine. Shewas ranked first in theForbes Middle East’s ranking of ‘The 200 Most Powerful Arab Women in Family Business’ for 2014. She has earned several other plaudits and awards in recent years. These include the ‘World of Difference Award’ from the International Alliance for Women (TIAW) in 2009.
Dr. Al Gurg represents the U.A.E. at many international conferences and round-tables as a key-note speaker and is also part of the Government of Dubai’s official delegation for various trade and commerce meetings. She also hosted the first MENA Businesswomen’s Network Forum, in her capacity as the President of the Dubai Business Women Council.
Besides providing valuable counsel to various business groups and international trade alliances, Dr. Al Gurg spends considerable time in several philanthropic, social and charitable activities, notably with the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Charity Foundation and the Al Jalila Foundation, a UAE organization with global aspirations dedicated to making lasting and significant contributions in healthcare to transform lives.
Dr. Raja Al Gurg is the Managing Director and Member of Board of Directors of the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group LLC, a family business encompassing 28entitieswith interests in consumer, building & construction, retail& lifestyle, industrial, joint ventures and real estate. She joined the Group in 1989 as a Member of the Board of Directors.
She has commented: "At first I never thought I wanted to go into business. But when I took a role in my father's company, I had to prove that I could be successful regardless of the fact that I am a woman or chosen by my father.It is crucial that all women push their own boundaries and have the will to succeed."
Awards and Recognition
Dr. Al Gurg has achieved many distinguished awards throughout her career. A selection of the notable ones are:
Chairperson of the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Charity Foundation. The Foundation assists in establishing and supporting charity housing projects, orphanages, elderly homes, day-care centres, academic institutes, scientific research centres, public libraries besides providing study and research grants to students.Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Al Jalila Foundation; a non-profit organisation whose mandate is to promote the UAE, as a centre of excellence for medical research and education.
Mrs. Faiza Al Sayed is one of the most sought after and recognized women in Dubai. With her warm, giving heart she has been a driving force in helping Emirati women to be motivated, productive, and successful.
Mrs. Al Sayed helped establish the remarkable Dubai Business Women’s Council (DBWC) in 2002. Serving as Vice President of DBWC since its inception, she has helped countless women to attain economic empowerment. The DBWC offers educational programming, mentoring, networking, and outreach to both professional and entrepreneurial women. It is the official organization for business women in Dubai.
Mrs. Al Sayed also serves on the Board of Directors for the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry and is a member of the Arab International Women’s Forum – London.
Mrs. Al Sayed not only shares her time, she shares her firsthand knowledge of entrepreneurship. She has run a home furnishings store since 1993, and she started a chain of beauty salons in 2003 (with four locations in Dubai’s five-star hotels). She is on the Executive Team of Al Fahim Group, one of Abu Dhabi’s most successful family businesses where she heads the Group’s Central Procurement.
As such a successful businesswoman, Mrs. Al Sayed has been an inspiration and role model for women throughout the Middle East. Admittedly, she is most proud of two specific women - her daughters Hana and Nada.
Mrs. Khawla is a board member at Dubai Business Women Council and the owner of various successful and diverse businesses: Lapis Designing, Suba Spa, Renee Jewellery, Al Durrar Exhibitions and Conferences and Kushner Kids Middle east.
She is a graduate of The American University of Washington D. C U.S.A and holds a Bachelors and Master’s Degree of Arts of Sociology.
She is an active member of the society of the UAE and is also affiliated to various groups and business councils such as:
Mrs. Sofi A. Saleh is the founder and Executive Director of Petals LLC, established in 1987, a leading retailer of unique designs of furniture, antiques and objects of art and an exclusive event planner for select high-profile weddings and events. She also sits on the Board of Directors for both Amsaf Investments, a family investment office which holds a major stake in the Dutco Group of Companies with diversified activities in civil engineering, building construction, petrochemicals and hotels and the Dubai Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Sofi is also a Board member at the Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC). Additionally, she is a spouse member of the Young Presidents Organization as part of the UAE Chapter since 1991. Mrs. Sofi has also been involved in a number of charity organizations including Medecins Sans Frontiers, Rashid Pediatric Center, Mentor, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Help A Child. She holds a B.A. in English Literature. Mrs. Sofi is married to Faisal Al Matrook and is a mother of two daughters and two sons.
Managing Director, Worood Intraflora LLC, a member of internationally renowned Interflora Group, and one of UAE’s leading importer of fresh cut flowers, artificial and dried flowers from Holland, New Zealand, South Africa, Thailand, Kenya and Ecuador. Worood Intraflora LLC is one of the Gulf’s most successful floral decoration and floral supply company. WOROOD INTRAFLORA LLC now has grown to five (5) branches, Sheikh Zayed Road Shop, Al Rigga Shop and the classic store WOROOD located at The Dubai Mall, The Mall of Emirates and Uptown Mirdiff. Over the years, the company has likewise diversified its portfolio to include events management such as weddings, corporate events, exhibitions and interior decorations for palaces, hotels and corporate offices.
Ms. Samia Saleh is a business woman with a diverse portfolio. She is a Board member at the Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC), which is affiliated to the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
She is also involved in the Young Presidents Organization, a peer-learning network to develop “Better leaders through education and idea exchange”.
As the owner of the Courtyard Gallery in Dubai, Ms. Saleh is a pioneer in supporting local artists and bringing international artists to the Gulf region. Her expertise in the arts won her the commission to furnish the artwork for the prestigious Burj Khalifa and Downtown Burj Dubai.
Ms. Saleh is also a member of the Board of Trustees at mentor Arabia, an educational organization that focuses on drug prevention and promotes the health and wellbeing of young people.
Mrs. Fathiya Al Khamiri is the Founder and Designer of Oh, La La! Abaya Couture and the Director of the Male Program (SA) in Dubai and Abu Dhabi at Zayed University.
She spent most of her working years in the Educational field and also joined the Board of the Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC) during its inception in 2002.
During her career, she has participated in many workshops, conferences and seminars and still remains very active in representing the business women in the UAE and DBWC in local and international conferences.
She graduated with a bachelors degree in Sociology from Baghdad University in 1976, and later a master of Sociology from California State University, Sacramento in 1993.
A visionary, creative designer, successful businesswoman and dignitary in local society.
Mrs. Farida Abdulla Kamber Al Awadhi is the owner and Managing Director of Cinmar Design, an architectural and interior design firm established in 1989. http://www.cinmardesign.ae. The design firm has a team of professional designers and staffs. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1985 at George Washington University, USA.
Under her leadership she gained fame for many outstanding design projects, and won the Gulf Woman Executive of the Year Award in 1996. The first award given to Women in the Gulf.
Mrs. Farida Kamber is also the President and one of the founding members of APID (Association of Professional Interior Designers) a nonprofit organization, which has been formed in November 2005 to represent the interior design industry in the region. www.apid.ae.
As a member in IFI (International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers) Mrs. Farida contributed towards Dubai Hosting back in 2009 IFI General Assembly Congress. Also in Fall 2011, Mrs. Farida established and organized under APID management FOiD (Festival of Interior Design) under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. This was the first festival in the region that is celebrating the design and the Interior Design profession.
As an IFI member, she participated in May 2014 in IFI General Assembly which took place in Kuala Lumpur- Malaysia.
Also Mrs. Farida was appointed in July 2014 as member of the Dubai Design and Fashion Council. Established by official Decree, the Council is clearly driven by a desire to nurture local talent and entrepreneurship and determined to support creative initiatives, create scholarships, mentorships and collaborations, according to Dubai Design District, better known for d3. In 2009, Mrs. Farida Abdullah Kamber Al Awadhi also formed a company called ASRAR PR&Event where she is the Executive Director. ASRAR organized a number of events where prominent local designers showcased fascinating creation of the Emirates ABAYA. Mrs. Farida is dedicated to follow the steps of her late father, who was a creative visionary and a prominent businessman in his years supported his community by building the first hospital in Dubai in 1950’s and pledged to educate his children.
She always considered her duty, as a woman, to encourage young national female talents to educate themselves as well as integrate into the business environment. She contributed and supported her community and society by proving through her examples and actions, that a woman can perform both at home and also be a successful businesswoman. She has been a Board Member of Dubai Business Women Council since 2002, member of Dubai Chamber of Commerce, Arab International Women’s Forum AIWF (London), Vice President of Emirates Business Women Council, International Business Women Group (IBWG), Executive Advisory Board Member of College of Business Economics of UAE University – Al Ain and ECIE (Emirates Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship – UAE University Al Ain, Advisory board member of Interior Design Faculty at AUD, Advisory board member of the Architect Faculty at AUD.
As a daughter of U.A.E., Mrs. Farida not only provides stunning and unique interior design schemes, but also opportunities for upcoming designers by offering her expertise and skills to support students and young talents.