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Looking down on Dubai from the Burj Khalifa | © Maher Najm/Flickr
Looking down on Dubai from the Burj Khalifa | © Maher Najm/Flickr

UAE’s Most Successful Female Entrepreneurs

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Updated: 5 December 2017

The United Arab Emirates is fast becoming one of the most innovative and futuristic cities in the world, with both the local Emiratis and foreign expats moving to Dubai for entrepreneurship opportunities. With such an international scene and the mixing of different people, ideas and creativity, it’s no wonder that the UAE is home to some of the most talented people in the world! Here are the UAE’s most successful female entrepreneurs you should look out for, as they continue to be an inspiration for both women and men around the world:

Nayla Al Khaja

Proudly celebrated as the UAE’s first female film director, Nayla Al Khaja founded and owns a production company called D-SEVEN. Through her filmmaking, Al Khaja works tirelessly to showcase social issues, women’s rights, and other humanitarian themes in her films and continues to win awards for her groundbreaking work in the film and production industry.

Huda Kattan

Although born in the U.S. to Iraqi parents, Huda Kattan made her breakthrough in Dubai and continues to live in the city to expand her business. Known throughout the social media, cosmetic and fashion world from her Huda Beauty products, she continues to grow her make-up and beauty business into one of the highest grossing companies in the world.

Alanoud Badr

The founder and designer behind the fashion brand Lady Fozaza, Alanoud Badr continues to grow in popularity internationally with her striking fashion sense and groundbreaking designs. She currently acts as the designer for Lady Fozaza, as well as working as a consultant and stylist for the rich and famous.

Rania & Zaina Kanaan

Two sisters based in Dubai who founded a successful bike business called Chari Cycles, they are uniquely popular because of the fact that their business largely focuses on upgrading old bicycles and then donating them to refugee children across the Middle East. Without having any mechanical experience, the sisters learned how to renovate bicycles from YouTube videos and now have a successful business and donation centre that is gaining recognition across the region and world.

Kelly Lundberg

Based in Dubai, Kelly Lundberg launched her StyleMeDivine.com website in 2005, which has since gained international popularity and has propelled her to become a keynote and guest speaker in web and technology events across the world. Her business has become an acclaimed style forum, with corporate and retail training services as well.

Nadine du Toit

Successfully founding and launching her GloryGirl Fitness business, which is a personal fitness and training program in the UAE, Nadine du Toit offers a groundbreaking wide variety of programs for women, such as horseback riding, snowboarding and beach exercises. She famously started her business after moving to Dubai and gaining weight from all the delicious food in the country (while most of us expats pretend not to notice we gain weight when we move to Dubai) and doing something about it for herself first before turning her exercises into a business.

Ambareen Musa

The founder and CEO of Souqalmal.com, Ambareen Musa is originally from Mauritius but started her business in Dubai and has since enjoyed seeing her business grow into an internationally recognized digital portal for comparing financial services across the region. Her business has now expanded popularly to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and many are waiting to see where her brand will go next in the world.

Negin Fattahi-Dasmal

Now a household name in Dubai, Negin is the creator and founder of the ever popular beauty salons, N.Bar nail salons, 1847 male beauty salons and the JetSet wash and blow-dry hair salons. Since the launch and growth of her beauty salons, people in Dubai have been able to enjoy choosing from more than 15 different branches with growing beauty services and styles.