What is it about?

Our study investigates the barriers to gender equality promotion opportunities in managerial-level jobs. Female executives from UAE companies provided primary data via an online survey, which was statistically examined. A positive trend in the gender equality issue in UAE management may be observed at the moment. Females contribute significantly to the UAE economy and have extensive professional experience, and the previous stereotypes that acted against the interests of women in UAE society are no longer applicable. However, we noticed differences in the number of years of experience that female managers had in the private sector, depending on the industry, service, and transportation sectors.

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Why is it important?

Our research shows the need to coordinate the efforts of female leaders in the UAE to uphold their rights, create formal and informal channels for the realization of gender inequality in the workplace, support mentoring programs for female leaders while also fostering professional and social networking skills, and develop formal and informal avenues for the realization of gender equality in the workplace. The online survey-based research in the UAE environment adds to the body of current Middle Eastern gender managerial studies literature. In the business sectors of transportation, services, and industry, women are still underrepresented in leadership positions and continue to have lower employment rates than men.


With the co-authors I have worked with, it was a real pleasure for me to write this essay. This article serves as an inspiration for others to eventually get involved in studying gender in management. Our work has a positive societal impact by supporting the global sustainable goal 5: gender equality.

Dr Mohamed Osman Shereif Mahdi Abaker
American University of Ras Al Khaimah

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This page is a summary of: Gender managerial obstacles in private organizations: the UAE case, Gender in Management An International Journal, November 2022, Emerald,
DOI: 10.1108/gm-04-2022-0143.
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