Title

Female entrepreneurship in the United Arab Emirates: Legislative encouragements and cultural constraints

Source of Publication

Women's Studies International Forum

Abstract

Onlookers from outside the Middle East tend to view the region as an essentially hostile environment for women in non-traditional roles. While this perspective may be valid in certain contexts, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) sets new standards of support for women in business ventures as it attempts to engage all its citizens in the economic and social development of this rapidly changing country. The present survey paper overviews for the international reader four key areas affecting the success of UAE female entrepreneurship: (1) the legislative attempts to enhance female entrepreneurial achievement; (2) the socio-cultural realities constraining women in business ventures; (3) the impact of the UAE's strongly collectivist culture on business networking among women; (4) UAE women's motivation for entrepreneurial endeavor given the abundant options for more secure employment. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

Document Type

Article

First Page

329

Last Page

334

Publication Date

7-1-2011

DOI

10.1016/j.wsif.2011.04.006

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