Arab women employment in the United Arab Emirates: exploring opportunities, motivations and challenges

Miller, Karen, Kyriazi, Tenia and Paris, Cody Morris (2017) Arab women employment in the United Arab Emirates: exploring opportunities, motivations and challenges. International Journal of Sustainable Society, 9 (1) . pp. 20-40. ISSN 1756-2538 [Article] (doi:10.1504/IJSSOC.2017.10006594)

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This research paper identifies and explores the challenges and barriers that Arab women in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) face in their careers. Primary data was collected via an interview process involving 12 Arab women who reside and work in senior decision making positions in the UAE. Taking into account an overview of the global and UAE-specific challenges faced by women in the workplace and considering the significant efforts of the UAE government to promote women in leadership, as reported in literature, the analysis revealed that women often navigated their career through a sub-text of deep rooted social and cultural values that manifested themselves as stereotypes both in and out of the workplace and that these stereotypes impacted their career trajectory. Main barriers highlighted include; unfavourable policies, work/family conflicts and lack of support and options for entrepreneurial activity. The recommendations at the end of the paper focus on the need for continued government and institutional support in an effort to break down and change societal perceptions of Arab women who want to pursue a career.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
Item ID: 23111
Notes on copyright: This is the accepted manuscript of an article published by Inderscience in the International Journal of Sustainable Society available in final form at
Depositing User: Cody Paris
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2017 17:01
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 20:44

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