UAE: How Women-Led Startups Can Get Past The Challenges Of Being In A Male-Dominated Technology Ecosystem

As two entrepreneurs and founders of a social tech platform, we acknowledge that women in the UAE are at the center of a regional hub with endless opportunities to grow an online business. With over 20% of women leaders in the UAE cabinet playing a significant role in supporting technology and innovative companies in the country, we believe that as female entrepreneurs, we live in the best time and place to build something innovative and unique.

That being said, female-owned businesses are still in the huge minority, and there are endless obstacles for women who have embraced entrepreneurship. This is due to women’s rigidly defined family-driven role in the Arab region, with often very different hardships than those experienced by the male counterparts. After all, a fact we all know is that the technology industry is a highly competitive, male-dominated market.

Based on our experience of building an online business, below are listed some features that you need to cultivate to succeed in the industry:

1. Networking Having a solid network is one of the main drivers for entrepreneurial success. With leading roles in the financial, investment, and tech industries being predominantly occupied by men, breaking your way through such robust male ties can seem almost impossible. Luckily in the UAE, women can find the right support through female focused networking events, with women investors looking to invest in women-led fresh innovative ideas that provide solutions at scale for all the right reasons. Invest in attending seminars, financial mentorship programs, jump at the opportunity to enroll in an accelerator program, and, most importantly, connect with other women entrepreneurs. It is important not to view other women as competition, but rather an opportunity to collaborate. Each connection you make, no matter how small, can have an profound effect on your success.

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