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All Your Questions About Launching a Business, Answered

Calling all entrepreneurs!

Let’s face it: launching a business is hard. Imposter syndrome, burnout, fear of failure, and even fear of success are real issues that need to be overcome – not to mention the external hurdles you have to go through! Add on a unique set of challenges that come with launching a business in the UAE, and you’re left with a whole host of unanswered questions. So who do you turn to for help with starting up your own venture or navigating the exciting world of SME ownership in Dubai?

That Dubai Girl, of course! The wonderful women who founded this community are gearing up to host the Small Business + Entrepreneurs Networking Event, a one-off event during which guest speakers will answer all your questions, talk to you about how they set up their businesses, and address topics that will help any small business owner (and ladies looking to step into the start-up arena).

About the Event

That Dubai Girl Small Business + Entrepreneurs Networking Event

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 8 at Media One Hotel for the first Small Business + Entrepreneurs Networking Event hosted by That Dubai Girl. The event starts at 6pm. This is an opportunity to connect with other local business owners whilst receiving helpful advice and guidance from industry experts on topics including: 

  • Business licensing
  • Business bank accounts
  • Payment portals
  • Social media and so much more 

Each presentation will include a short Q&A session with industry experts. The panel of guests and topics include:

Jenna Jenkins, Luxe Incorporations

Presentation to cover Building your business”. Jenna is a qualified and licensed company formation specialist and actively works with entrepreneurs and businesses looking to set up businesses inside the UAE, providing effective set-up solutions, pro services, visas, and attestation services. 

Tarek Ghobar, PayLink app

Presentation to cover “Guide to accepting online payments, risks, and opportunities”. A three-time tech entrepreneur with a fintech and e-commerce focus, Tarek managed Foodpanda’s growth across the Middle East (part of Talabat today), taking the platform from 100 to over 15,000 orders per day in less than three years. His previous two ventures were in health tech, one of which supplied products to international teams (Manchester United and Germany’s national football team), which was later acquired. Tarek holds two degrees in Aerospace Engineering and is currently the co-founder of PayLink, a Forbes Middle East Fintech Top 20 Company that allows small and micro businesses to accept online and card payments in minutes. 

Amanda Bailey, AB Consultancy

Presentation to cover Business operation systems are the backbone of your business”. Amanda is the founder of AB Consultancy and brings with her 10 years of corporate experience. She successfully set up her Virtual Assistant Business, where she was featured in Forbes and Jamaican primetime TV. Having seen the struggles that agency owners face with automating and structuring their backend business operations firsthand, Amanda now facilitates workshops and strategy sessions for CEOs and leadership teams using her Operations Excellence Framework, enabling them to enhance their operational management from the inside out. 

Kairo Rahma, Konceptualise

Presentation to cover How to create a winning social media strategy for your business”. Founder and Head of Marketing at Konceptualise, a creative marketing agency helping brands fine-tune their social media strategy for better business. Before launching Konceptualise, he helped SMEs and major global brands in achieving their business goals by using social media as one of the vessels in their business strategies. Some of the brands that he has worked with include Live Nation, Festival Republic, Feedsauce, and Dior, just to name a few. 

Monica Malhotra, The Gaggler

Presentation to cover How to navigate your entrepreneurial journey in today’s digital world”. Two-time entrepreneur in both education and online publishing, Monica brought NY’s favourite early years education concept Kidville to Dubai in 2010, making it the first international franchise for the brand. After selling the business in 2018, she began conceptualising her next venture, The Gaggler, a digital lifestyle platform and community that provides a voice to women in the Middle East. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Monica worked with corporations in the consulting, pharmaceutical, and investment banking industries in New York, California, and London.

After the presentations and Q&A sessions, you have the option to join the networking dinner at Media One Hotel, where you will have the opportunity to network with other business owners and entrepreneurs. This is a fantastic opportunity to build new professional relationships, expand your network, and gain insights from other business owners.

Programme of Events:

Arrival from 6-6:30pm – Event check-in at Qwerty 

6:30-8:30pm – Expert presentations with Q&A 

8:30-10pm – Networking dinner in Qwerty

Ticket Prices:

Option 1 – Presentations only (AED 100)

Option 2 – Presentations and networking dinner (AED 175)

Payments will be taken in full upon arrival at the event. Safe networking will be supported by social distancing restrictions. Masks must be worn at all times during presentations. 

To book your tickets, head to thatdubaigirl.com.


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Unlocking Prosperity: Three Fundamental Money Principles for Abundant Living

Wealth Unveiled: Prosperity Principles

Money affects every part of our lives. It can bring joy and security, but it can also bring stress and worry. As women, we tend to have a different relationships with money. One thing is certain though: We all want to live a life of abundance and prosperity. Here are some “Money Principles” are not just theoretical concepts, but practical guidelines that can and should be applied in our daily lives to manage our finances effectively. Let’s create a positive relationship with money.

Understanding the dynamics of money and how it works is the first step towards achieving financial prosperity. Firstly, money, in itself, is not the end goal, but a means to an end. It is a tool that can provide us with the resources we need to live a fulfilling life. However, without the right knowledge and understanding, money mismanaged can be a huge blow to our dreams and sustainability. Therefore, it is crucial to learn and understand these fundamental money principles.

The Importance of Money Principles

Money principles serve as a guide for our financial decisions and actions. It’s about creating a framework for managing our finances effectively and responsibly and help us make informed decisions that align with our financial goals and values.

Its imperative we develop a healthy relationship with money. Instead of viewing money as a source of stress or worry, we can see it as a tool without our emotional involvement. Once we remove anger, fear, lack and other negative feelings from the equation, a shift is created in our energy field. This shift in perspective can have a profound impact on our financial well-being and overall quality of life. It can help us overcome financial challenges, achieve our financial goals, and live a life of abundance and prosperity.

The Three Fundamental Money Principles

Principle 1: Spend Less Than You Earn

This may seem like an obvious principle, but it is one that many people struggle with. As of today, we are an out-and-out consumer-driven society. This is an easy trap for anyone to fall into leading to overspending and living beyond their means. This is how one gets sucked into financial stress and debt, hindering our ability to live a life of abundance. It is therefore crucial to develop the discipline to spend less than we earn and live within our means.

The first step to implementing this principle is to create a budget. This involves tracking your income and expenses and setting limits for your spending. It may require making sacrifices and cutting back on unnecessary expenses, but it is crucial for living within your means and avoiding debt. A budget not only helps us control our spending but also gives us a clear picture of our financial situation, enabling us to make informed financial decisions.

Another important aspect of this principle is to save and invest wisely. By setting aside a portion of your income for savings and investments, you are not only preparing for the future but also creating a safety net for unexpected expenses. This can also help you achieve long-term financial goals, such as buying a house or retiring comfortably. Think about building wealth over time.

Principle 2: Give Generously

What goes out must come in! True prosperity is not just about accumulating wealth, but also about sharing it and using it to improve the lives of others. We are not talking about just giving to charity, but also being generous with our time, talents, and resources. It encourages us to share what we have with others and use our resources to make a positive impact in the world.

Giving generously not only benefits others but also brings blessings and abundance into our own lives. It helps us cultivate a mindset of abundance and gratitude, and reminds us that we have more than enough to share with others. By giving generously, we also contribute to creating a more just and equitable society, which ultimately benefits everyone. Give that tip to your hairdresser, sponsor a kid, help out a local charity in UAE.

Principle 3: Seek Wisdom and Guidance

The final fundamental money principle is to seek wisdom and guidance when it comes to managing our finances. This can involve seeking advice from financial experts in the UAE, reading books and articles on personal finance, or even seeking guidance from religious or spiritual leaders. This principle encourages us to continuously learn and grow in our understanding of money and financial management.

When we learn from the experiences and knowledge of others it also helps us stay accountable and motivated in our financial journey.


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