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Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council

Under the Honorary Chairwomanship of Her Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak (May Allah safeguard her), the Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council (ADBWC) came into existence in 2001 pursuant to the Abu Dhabi Camber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCI) Board of Directors’ Decision No. 62 of 2001, so as to stress the importance of the role being played by women as a strategic partner in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi’s comprehensive development. Thanks to the kind directives and assiduous follow-up of Her Highness, the ADBWC has managed to make numerous achievements and thus maintained the leading role of businesswomen in the private sector

In line with the ADBWC’s keenness to realize HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, ABWC Honorary Chairwoman’s vision represented in (enhancing the ability of UAE women to actively take part in various areas of development driven by HH’s belief that sustainable socio-economic development in the UAE entails fair and square participation between businesswomen and businessmen, while having integrated roles, raising women’s aptitudes, upgrading their skills, boosting their involvement and enabling them to both perform their active part in society and contribute to the process of economic development), the ADBWC has been working to translate such vision by adopting an ambitious 5-year plan. It aims at women’s remarkable involvement in entrepreneurship, ensuring their increasing sustainable presence in accordance with the latest developments and the best practices, optimally capitalizing the energy of Emirati women working at home in all realms and consequently ensuring their integration into the emirate’s local economy, along with economic empowerment guaranteeing women’s active contribution to in all sectors of private business.

The ADBWC has also adopted a package of services, projects and initiatives as part of its strategic plan which supports the empowerment of women, female entrepreneurs and creative ladies and brings to bear their role in the private sector, while helping their businesses grow sustainable.



To lead the development of women’s role in the private sector and to enable them to be a key partner in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi’s sustainable economic development.

ADBWC Vision


1Excellence and leadership
3Active partnerships
4Social responsibility
5Esprit de corps (Teamwork spirit)
6Flexibility and transparency
7Learning and corporate development


The ADBWC helps encourage and support women to have access to the business market through small- and medium-sized and micro enterprises, continuing with these and upgrading existing ones through top-quality and high-efficiency services, including training, development, consultancy, professional guidance, incubating businesses and adopting innovative, creative ideas, while assisting in financing such projects and facilitating procedures by means of an elite of experts and professionals and according to state-of-the-art approaches and techniques for purposes of enhancing the role of businesswomen in the emirate-based private sector.


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Set up pursuant to the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCI) Board of Directors’ Decision No. 62 of 2001, the Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council (ADBWC) is subordinate to the ADCCI organisational structure.

Honorary Chairwomanship of the ADBWC

The ADBWC has since its inception been privileged by the honorary chairwomanship of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairperson of the General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and President of the Higher Council for Motherhood and Childhood.