March 8 marks International Women’s Day, a day celebrating the accomplishments, achievements and the struggles that women have gone through. We’ve come a long way since our fight to get the right to vote. We’ve since been breaking through glass ceilings and making major entrepreneurial waves. All around the world, this day represents an opportunity to honour women, while calling for greater equality.

To help celebrate International Women’s Day in the UAE, we decided to highlight the ladies in the region whose business acumen and accomplishments should be recognised and praised.


Nicole Rodrigues Larsen – Diva Modelling and Events

Nicole Rodrigues Larsen founded the Dubai talent agency Diva Modelling and Events. As a serial entrepreneur, she also founded Diva Beauty Salon, Diva Laundry and NM Investments. Nicole was awarded the People’s Choice award by SME Advisor Middle East and was listed on Forbes Top 100 Indian Leaders in UAE.


 Loulou Khazen –

Winner of the Entrepreneur TV show, Loulou Khazen founded, a website dedicated to linking freelancers with jobs. The website allows for job seekers to upload their portfolios and for employers to post jobs and search by tasks. Nabbesh is tackling the rising issue of unemployment that the region faces.


Rania and Zaina Kanaan – Chari Cycles

Launched by Palestinian sisters Rania and Zaina Kanaan, Chari Cycles is a concept that revolves around the recycling of vintage bicycle frames and turning them into functioning brand new bicycles. Customers have the option of customising their vintage bicycles by adding various accessories and paint. The sisters also work on providing children in refugee camps around the Middle East with bicycles to add joy to their daily lives.


Hend Al Hashemi –

Hend Al Hashemi, an Emirati entrepreneur, identified a niche market requiring organic and natural body products. She hand makes a variety of soaps, scrubs, oils, body butter and bath salts. While she produces in small batches, she has dedicated customers specifically requesting her products.

Helpling understands the importance for women to be celebrated on this day and is offering a special deal with Diva Salon available on the website



Words: Helpling