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Khaled Alsaadi , Rafiduraida Abdul Rahman and Yasser Bentahar

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Khaled Alsaadi1 , Rafiduraida Abdul Rahman2 and Yasser Bentahar3
1. PhD student in UPSI, Malaysia; Assistant Manager - Customer Happiness at Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
2. Assistant Professor, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia
3. Assistant Professor, Higher College of Technology, United Arab Emirates

Alsaadi, Khaled, et al. "WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS IN UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: ENABLERS AND CHALLENGES." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, vol. 4, no. 3, Mar. 2019, pp. 2273-2281, Accessed Mar. 2019.
Alsaadi, K., Rahman, R., & Bentahar, Y. (2019, March). WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS IN UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: ENABLERS AND CHALLENGES. Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, 4(3), 2273-2281. Retrieved from
Alsaadi, Khaled, Rafiduraida Abdul Rahman, and Yasser Bentahar. "WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS IN UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: ENABLERS AND CHALLENGES." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research 4, no. 3 (March 2019), 2273-2281. Accessed March, 2019.


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Business development is a growing area of emphasis in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), however, developing and launching a new business is often a complex task for the aspiring women entrepreneurs. Most of the key skills needed to run an independent business such as the finance, marketing, operational logistics and family support can present challenging barriers to long-term success. The purpose of this article is to investigate the enablers and barriers toward the success of women in entrepreneurial activities in UAE. A qualitative research using one-onone interviews and focus group were led among thirty successful women entrepreneurs from different fields operating in the UAE. The outcome of this research highlights the fact that UAE Government plays an important role in supporting women entrepreneurs, but the cultural barriers are seen as major obstacles.