DQG, DBWC hold workshop for Emirates Women Award

DUBAI — The Dubai Quality Group, or DQG, and Dubai Business Women Council, or DBWC, on Tuesday held a workshop on the Emirates Women Award. The award is designed to honour and celebrate women who have excelled in their respective fields and to acknowledge them for their success and contribution to the community. Anybody residing in the UAE can apply for the award.

By Deepa Narwani

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Published: Wed 30 Mar 2011, 11:08 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 5:27 PM

More than 40 enterprising women attended the workshop at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Raja Easa AlGurg, President of Dubai Business Women Council and Chairperson ofSupreme Committee of Emirates Women Award said, “This awardrepresents everyone who is looking to achieve a particular target. Even if the applicants don’t achieve success in their first try they should not give up and learn from it.”

The Award has two categories. The first one being for entrepreneurs who can be the owner or the partner of the business and the second category is for professionals. They can be employed in any field and should have more than three years work experience. The winner can use the Emirates Women Award logo for a year.

Thanaa Mahmoud Al Tabie, Business Excellence Consultant with Dubai Quality Group, explained thecriteria in great detail. The criterion includes leadership, strategic and financial planning, career achievements, community contributions and innovation. Thanaa said, “Every criteria has a score and should be completed in the application. Also, six referees are required with the submission.”

The workshop was in consonance with the objectives of the DQG and EWA to reach the desired targets related to supporting the business sector in the country. It provided a cohesive framework for businesswomen to play leading roles in the business sector and offer exemplary and pioneering ideas.

Nail Spa owner Shabana Karim was the overall business category winner 2009. The Pakistani entrepreneur said, “Nail Spa was started in 2002. At that point I was looking for a niche market. I started with a staff of 10 and today the numbers have climbed to 170. I felt very honoured to receive the Emirates Women Award and the feedback I received was mind blowing. The Award validated what we had already done and the recognition was great.”

Fatima Abdul Qadir, Head of Business Development, Dubai Quality Group and Project Manager of the Emirates Women Award, added, “The Award aims to celebrate the spirit of creative women in the UAE and aims to inspire and encourage more women to participate and explore themselves.”

April 7 is the lastdate for submitting the applications which will be shortlisted on April 10.On April 14, field visits will be made to the candidates in their workplace, before the jury makes the final selection on May 12. The award ceremony will be held on May 31.

The honour is bestowed on the woman who manages her life and business very well, is sure of herself and keeps upgrading her talents, skills and way of thinking.The award takes its participants through a journey of self-discovery and makes them realise their true potentials.—business@khaleejtimes.com

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