International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

A Comparative Study on Gender and Entrepreneurship Development: Still a Male’s World within UAE cultural Context
Dr. Samia A. Kargwell

The study probes the issue of gender equality regarding entrepreneurship development within the UAE cultural context. The question which poses itself is whether female entrepreneurs get equal treatment and opportunities as their male counterparts. In addition, the study investigates the primary reasons behind few female entrepreneurs compared with their male counterparts in the UAE. In the outset, the study will also compare and contrast the characteristics, motivation, management and marketing tools used by both male and female entrepreneurs and critically explore critically the effect of gender on time invested in running the business and entrepreneurship practices in the UAE context. In this context, the author of the present research is interested in conducting a survey on entrepreneurs in the United Arab Emirates to investigate the differences and similarities between male and female entrepreneurs and whether gender is a key factor on the differences and similarities between entrepreneurs. The methodology adopted in preparing this paper is based on self-completion questionnaires with 125 entrepreneurs, irrespective of their gender, in the UAE. The study is limited to the UAE and the study results may be useful for regional policy makers and government to promote various programmes to encourage entrepreneurship in the UAE.

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