Women prove their mettle at annual exhibition in capital

ABU DHABI - Under the patronage of Her Highness Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Wife of the President and Chairperson of the UAE General Women's Union, the seventh 'Productive Families Exhibition' was held in the capital last month under the motto: "Productive women...promising future" at the Abu Dhabi International Exhibition Centres.

By Nada S. Mussallam

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Published: Thu 5 Feb 2004, 12:12 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:36 PM

More than 200 UAE families, in addition to different Arab and foreign communities residing in the UAE, including Palestinian, Jordanian, Syrian, Egyptian, Sudanese, Ethiopian, Moroccan and Omani, participated in the two-week annual event, which aims at improving the economic situation of families in the country and encouraging national women to be self-reliant.

The exhibition showcased various traditional handicraft and national products, heritage and fashion shows, folkloric troupes, musical concerts, different cuisines, incense and perfumes. It includes children's entertainment programmes and cultural contests with attractive prizes.

According to Ihlam Al Lamki, Director of the Activities Centre of the Women's Union, the annual festivity succeeded within a short span of time in attracting a large number of productive women who have the potentials to innovate and contribute to the economic activities in the country.

"The exhibition, which has become an annual festival commenced with the participation of 47 families. The number witnessed remarkable surge over the past six years," said Al Lamki.

She said the exhibition also focused on increasing the awareness of participating women of different themes such as computer and leadership skills, marketing, family economy, horticulture, business administration and finance and stock markets.

Efforts are under way to develop new ideas and training programmes to upgrade the standard of producing families and update them on the latest international approaches in the field of business, disclosed Al Lamki.

The Abu Dhabi National Businesswomen Committee (ANBC) for the second time joined the activities of the families exhibition, whereby officials from the ANBC, headed by Dr Rawda Al Mutawa, Committee's Chairperson, briefed the participants on the policies of the ANBC in enhancing the economic contribution of women in the society.

The "Productive Families Exhibition" was initiated by the UAE General Women's Union in 1997 with the aim of helping women to develop their expertise in the section of production and innovation, broadening the sources of income for middle class families and encouraging the private sector to adopt some of the small family projects, through constituting a fund that caters for such plans.



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