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Because It’s World Entrepreneur Day…

Our celebratory series kicks off today.

August 21 is World Entrepreneur Day, and there’s no better place to celebrate entrepreneurial spirit than right here. Ranked 16th in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business report, the UAE has retained its number one position globally in macroeconomic stability on the World Economic Forum rankings, topping the overall ranking in the Arab world. And with a recent HSBC survey revealing UAE-based entrepreneurs achieve 45% of their targets (ahead of their counterparts in China, UK, and France), it confirms what we all alreadyknew – each of the seven emirates is full of amazing women creating brilliant businesses day in, day out.

From established entrepreneurs to pandemic-borne pioneers, Dubai is home to thousands of exceptional business minds, so in celebration of World Entrepreneur Day, The Gaggler will be toasting the UAE’s ever-growing gang of sensational female self-starters with a monthly dose of their entrepreneurial insights. We’re kicking off our series withLeena Al Abbas ofThe Organic Glow Beauty Lounge, so prepare for some gold-plated nuggets of business wisdom.

Launched in 2010, The Organic Glow Beauty Lounge is the first organic, non-toxic, and vegan beauty salon to open in the UAE. Fed up with suffering adverse reactions to the chemical-heavy products used in conventional beauty salons at the time, Dubai-based Leena set out to find a salon that offered treatments based around planet-friendly products that wouldn’t aggravate her skin whilst complementing her vegan lifestyle. But after discovering this concept didn’t exist in Dubai – or anywhere in the country, for that matter – the then-marketing professional quit her job to create a green-principled beauty business of her own. 


Leena Al Abbas


The Organic Glow Beauty Lounge, Dubai



What was your ‘lightbulb’ moment? 

Back in 2009, I was desperately searching for a beauty salon that offered non-toxic treatments that were vegan and cruelty-free, and realised the concept did not actually exist in the UAE – that was all the inspiration I needed. I knew other women had experienced similar issues in other beauty salons, so I decided to fill that gaping hole in the market and create the very salon I was looking for.  

What was your vision when you first launched the business? 

Having switched to a completely vegan and green lifestyle in 2008, it was a priority that my business was vegan, too. My mission has always been to create awareness amongst women and educate them about the dangers of using products containing harsh chemicals on themselves. 11 years later, the ethical/clean/green/beauty without cruelty revolution is upon us, and slowly becoming the norm for beauty businesses everywhere. 

Ingredients for Organic glow beauty

What drives your ambition every day? 

When you’re sure about your entrepreneurial focus, your passion becomes your driver. Having faith and trust in myself, my staff, and my clients – and knowing that I am doing something ethical that makes people happy – pushes me forward.

Stella McCartney made a game-changing statement by proving that a successful luxury fashion brand could also be cruelty-free and ethical without compromising on anything in any way. She’s my hero!”

Which entrepreneurs do you admire?

I admire those whose focus is to help the planet or a good cause. In a world of fast fashion, fast food, and fast beauty, slowing down the process and focusing on quality rather than consumerism is a much-needed breath of fresh air. Businesses that are making an impact with leaders who are making a difference is what I admire. I prefer to support authentic and passion-driven small businesses because I know it’s not easy being seen or heard amongst the big players. Compassion and ethics is extremely important for me, so green, cruelty-free, plant-based, and vegan businesses get my thumbs up every time.

Who is your favourite business icon?

I love Stella McCartney! She was able to build a luxury brand based on ethical and vegan principles when no one else was thinking that way. I love everything her brand stands for – she made a game-changing statement by proving that a successful luxury fashion brand could also be cruelty-free and ethical without compromising on anything in any way. She’s my hero!

Do you have a business mentor? 

Rather than a business mentor, I resonate and focus on more spiritual-based mentors – teachers who speak about energy, manifestation, law of attraction, intuition, and soul/heart-lead decision making. It’s not about the hardcore business gurus for me anymore. That was part of my old self. I focus on spiritual reads and podcasts with more soul-based content that’s more about feminine energy, less about ‘bro’ marketing where macho tactics like being aggressive and competitive is the mantra. I run my business based on my intuition and soul. You can be successful and feminine at the same time! 

What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve ever been given? 

Just do it. If it fails, at least you tried. But if you never try, you’ll always regret caving into your fears. Any decision based upon fear is not a good decision in life nor business. 

What makes a great entrepreneur circa now? 

Being your true, unique, and authentic self. Don’t copy another concept because it’s trendy. A great entrepreneur in 2021 is someone who is fuelled by passion and isn’t afraid to quit and try again – resilience and commitment are key to surviving any challenge. Knowing that entrepreneurship is not smooth sailing is also key. It gets bumpy at times, and you need to be ready to face your fears and focus on your final destination. But a truly great entrepreneur will adapt and evolve their business according to any situation they are faced with, and come out the other end…

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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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