I was invited to speak at the RAK Women’s Empowerment Conference last weekend, where 85 women, both entrepreneurs and staff at leading UAE-based organisations, gathered at the Ras Al Khaimah Chamber of Commerce
It was invigorating to see working women get the opportunity to network in the northern Emirates, beyond the usual Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
The event was hosted by
HE Mohamed Al Nuaimi
, the chair of RAK Chamber of Commerce, and I spoke along with:
HE Areefa Al Falahi, a board director of RAK Chamber of Commerce, RAK Insurance Company and the Emirates Sports and Cultural Association
Mona Sulaiman (Mona Tajarabi), founder of beauty brand Blink and a RAK-based social media influencer and vlogger
Adeshola Onadipe, founder and publisher of Ladies In Business magazine
Maya AlHawary, an Emirati educator and chair of the board of governors of Dubai Carmel School; the first PhD scholar to research emotional intelligence and its effect on leadership in the UAE.
She said the event created a “positive impact” by “engaging every single lady in networking” and was a “benchmark” for events in Ras Al Khaimah.
Ms AlHawary, an expert in emotional intelligence, spoke eloquently on the importance of women supporting each other and helping each other to rise, without judging themselves on others’ successes.
It was clear there was a real appetite for knowledge of local success stories; one young woman attendee specifically said she wanted to know more about how women of her age were progressing.
I look forward to getting to know more of the women of Ras Al Khaimah in future.