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Uniting Egypt’s Women Entrepreneurs

Egyptian women are entrepreneurial powerhouses, and Rasha Abu AlSaud has been working for the last three years to link them all. In 2015 Abu AlSaud launched the Women Entrepreneurs of Egypt network in 2015, after organizing a successful day for female entrepreneurs the year before, dedicated to creating events, collective funding campaigns, and women-led projects. The network now has More…

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Misk Launches Initiative to Train Young Women in Leadership

The Saudi-based Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Foundation (MiSK) has launched an initiative to train women in leadership, enhance their leadership potential, and enable them to become positive and influential members in their workplace. The program offers comprehensive three-day training courses in each region, and includes meetings to exchange ideas and experiences. The main sessions More…

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Women’s Political Engagement in Oman

For the first time in Oman Municipal Council, only women are representing an entire province. When Oman held its Muncipal Council elections in December 2016, Mariam Al Shamsi and Latifa Al Manei won the only seats for the Sunnainah province of the Buraimi governorate. With only seven women securing seats in the 202-member body, the More…

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Emkan Education – Women Taking on Saudi’s Education Sector

  “Saudi Arabia does not have a fund for educational projects,” says Basma Bushnak, cofounder of Emkan Education, a startup that aims to offer various educational services, such as curriculum planning and teacher training. “Schools tend to think that if you have a company, you’re after their money,” she adds.  This false impression, added to the More…

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Kuwaiti Company Gives New Mothers in UAE a Huge Break

Alghanim Industries, the Kuwaiti conglomerate, has rolled out new policies in the UAE to increase the participation of women in the workplace. One of its new initiatives is to double the amount of maternity leave from the mandatory 45 days to 90 paid days, confirmed vice president of Food and Beverage, Phil Broad. Employees can More…

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“The Color Run” – Health with Fun

Thousands are once again expected to join the fun on January 28, 2017 at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) as the Tropicolor World Tour makes its mark on Doha. Color Runners are promised a lively island-style experience complete with lots more fun and color, as they run, walk, dance, jog or even skip through More…

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UAE to Invest Heavily In Renewable Energy

The United Arab Emirates announced Tuesday plans to invest 600 billion dirhams ($163 billion) in projects to generate almost half the country’s power needs from renewables. The UAE is a top oil exporter, but has taken steps to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels to generate power, including building nuclear facilities. The country’s energy mix More…

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Not Seen, Not Heard: Lebanon’s Woman Problem

When Mohamad Najem wrote a public post about refusing to be part of an all-male panel for a tech conference in Beirut, it was shared more than a thousand times by people who praised his stance. Not only had he convinced the organizers of the conference, which he did not wish to name for fear More…

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Executive Plan Agreed For Environmental Protection in Riyadh

The Riyadh Development Authority (RDA) has announced that an executive plan has been adopted for environmental protection in the Saudi capital. The executive plan will be implemented through the High Committee for Environment Protection (HCEP), which has six main categories: air-quality management, waste management, natural-resources management and biodiversity, water and solid-resources management, sustainable environmental management More…

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UAE Students Develop ‘Magic’ Carpets That Generate Electricity

“Magic” carpets that generate electricity each time a person steps on them could be rolled out at public places across the country. Developed by a team of four graduates at UAE University, the carpets are made of a piezoelectric material that creates a charge when subjected to mechanical stress, or each time someone walks or More…