The 2nd Annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Day


The 2nd Annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

Celebrate, Support, Empower 

Women Entrepreneurs Worldwide!  

New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo Proclaims November 19th, 2015 

 Women’s Entrepreneurship Day!   

“To further cement our pillars and means of delivery we’ve appointed

eight regional ambassadors representing the European Union,

Eastern Europe, Central Europe, Central and South America,

the Caribbean, Middle East & North Africa, Africa, North America, Asia and Oceania to streamline WED globally.” – Wendy Diamond (WED Founder)


October 12, 2015 – New York, NY:   As November 19th Women Entrepreneurship Day quickly approaching, preparations are underway globally with over 144 ambassadors representing countries across Asia, Europe, North America, Central America, Caribbean, South America, the Middle East and Africa to host their local activities.

“Its inspiring to see women coming together in such a manner as we look forward to the November 19th celebration at the United Nations and having it live streamed in 144 countries and 111 top universities and colleges worldwide,” stated Wendy Diamond, Founder of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED).

Diamond continues, “This year we’ve added a new element of having regional ambassadors representing their the designated regions and who have been working diligently on the ground with the individual ambassadors in their respective countries to launch the WED on the 19th of November in a supporting, celebratory and empowering manner building on what was done last year,”

From seminars, to public events, to videos of messages and tips to entrepreneurs and women everywhere, WED 2014 achieved massive success with the participation of 35,000 members and worldwide partners.  We look forward to a more massive global impact during WED 2015!

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day is a worldwide movement that carries throughout the year in support of female entrepreneurs on every continent. The defining goal is to empower women and their businesses, as well as gather a think tank of women leaders,which will ultimately create an amplified merged message to expand businesses with social good initiatives in communities locally and globally.

“I have dedicated my entire life to helping the “underdog” get a chance and thrive,” says Diamond. “Historically, women worldwide have been underpaid, undervalued, underrepresented, underfunded – and underestimated. We are dedicated, determined, and driven to change this status – the women entrepreneurs involved in WED are inspirational role models to women everywhere!”

A remarkable team representing the regional ambassadors has come together featuring leading women entrepreneurs whose responsibilities include working with the local ambassadors in each of the designated countries and together the regional program.  The regional ambassadors for WED 2015 include Mirlinda Kusari‑Purinni (European Union and Eastern Europe), A. Cecile Watson (Caribbean), Karla Ruiz Conino (Central and South America), Sarah Al Ayed (Middle East and North Africa & Asia), Leticia Browne (Africa), Lisa von Sturmer (North America) and Jo Burston (Oceania).

“We’re excited to witness the second annual launch of the Women Entrepreneurship Day and how over 100 ambassadors are coming together globally to support, empower and celebrate women worldwide,” stated Sarah Ayed Al Ayed Co-Founder and Board Member of TRACCS and Women Entrepreneurship Day Regional Ambassador – Middle East, North Africa and Asia.  “Each of the MENA region ambassadors are leaders in their communities change agents, entrepreneurs that have achieved a lot in their communities.  We look forward to seeing more success stories that are integral components of the business and social community.  To create the diversity in the business spectrum engaging in economical support, job creation and educational development a society needs strong partnerships that bring together the business sectors, government entities and initaitives such as WED that are focused on the dynamic of empowerment, support and celebration.”

WED Middle East and North Africa is proud to announce the names of the WED 2015 Ambassadors

  • Saudi Arabia:  Sofana Dahlan Attorney at Law, CEO Tashkeil
  • Qatar:  Aisha AlFardan – Vice Chairwoman, Qatari Businesswomen Association & Personal Advisor to the Chairman – Alfardan Group Holding
  • United Arab Emirates:  H.E. Moza Al Otaiba – Chairman of the Board AlOtaiba Alinma Group
  • Oman: Sharifa Al Barami Founder of BizHub and Executive Partner at AGSI
  • Kuwait: Maali Al Sousi – Founder and Chairwoman of Tamkeen Organization
  • Bahrain: Wafa AlObaidat – CEO Obai & Hill
  • Lebanon: Roula Mousa – Founder and Managing Partner Netways
  • Jordan: Fida Taher – Founder Zaytouneh and Co-Founder Atbaki
  • Egypt: Laila Sedky – Entrepreneur and Founder NOLA Cupcakes
  • Palestine: Lamya Hussein – Founder & Director of Refuters
  • Sudan: Maisson Mattar Founder and CEO of Fandora
  • Syria: May Massijeh – Co-Founder Daraty
  • Lebanon:  WED  Youth Regional Ambassador Lynn Zovighian

Last year training events, galleries, women inspired seminars and video messages were launched across the Middle East and North Africa with connections being made on the date to streamline the events at the United Nations.  Thousands of women across the region took part.  This year more is expected with the participation of a wider audience base and the addition of more countries.  Each MENA Ambassador will be announcing the November 19 activities locally in the coming weeks with some hosting more than one event spanning key cities.  With CSR initiated events on a grassroots level such as training programs, entrepreneurial projects and conferences WED MENA expects the participation of thousands of women across the region coming together in celebration, support and empowerment.

Diamond was inspired to launch WED on a Honduras holiday in 2013, where she spent time with an organization that gives microcredit to locally impoverished women, ( She witnessed firsthand how these beneficial startup loans empowered Honduran women, benefited their families, and provided the opportunity for their children to attend school. Diamond took note and understood the importance of empowering women through a financial vehicle of support. When women are provided economic empowerment, they outspend men on their family’s health, nutrition, and education by threefold; 90% women to 30% men. Together as a global community we can make the planet a better place!

“Empowering women worldwide and investing in their futures helps to drive and promote economic vitality and security locally and globally,” says Diamond. “Twenty-first century leadership skills, such as cooperation, communication, and sharing are more commonly associated with women. We want to celebrate the unwavering positives that women entrepreneurs bring to the global economy as well as inspire and support future generations of women entrepreneurs.”

Diamond has rallied an impressive and powerful list of worldwide attendees, influential organizations, leaders, and entrepreneurs supporting women that will gather and join at the UN on this day of WED as “ONE DAY TO CELEBRATE, SUPPORT AND EMPOWER WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS WORLDWIDE.” Major Fortune 500 companies and various female business founders, CEO’s, Creatives, and business leaders participating including; Adena Friedman (President of Global Capital Access, technology and insights for NASDAQ. Former Managing Director and CFO of The Carlyle Group), Mamie Gummer (Actress and Ambassador Nomi Network), Andrea Kerzner (Founder and CEO of the Lalela Project, and co-creator of, Amir Dossal (Founder and Chairman of Global Partnerships Forum, former director of UN Office of Partnerships),

Andrea Jung (CEO of Grameen America, Former CEO of Avon and Board of Directors of Apple, Daimler AG and General Electric), Craig Newmark (Founder of craigslist and craigconnects), Cynthia Cohen (Strategic Mindshare Founder and President), Danielle Gelber (NBC Executive Producer, Executive Vice-President at Wolf  & Films), Diane Brady (Former Senior Editor Bloomberg Businessweek), Sheila Johnson (Co-Founder BET, First Self Made Black Female Billionaire), Erika Karp (Founder and CEO Cornerstone Capital Inc.), Heidi Messer (Co-founder of Collective [i] and Linkshare), Leslie Blodgett (Creator of bareMinerals and former CEO of Bare Escentuals), Milena Berry (Co-founder and CTO PowerToFly and former Chief Technology at, Kunal Sood (Executive Producer and Curator at TEDX UN Plaza), Sophia Swire (Founder of Aayenda and Future Brilliance),  Susan Stautberg (Co-founder and CEO of Women Corporate Direct),  Tamara Etmannski (Founder of Stackz), Vicki Escarra (Global CEO of Opportunity International), Martha MacMillan (Board Director of Cargill Inc. and Waycrosse Inc.), James Benedict (Advisory Board at Acupera and Principal with Kidd & Company), Katharina Sophia Volz (Founder and CEO of OccamzRazor).

The global Student Ambassador initiative is in full swing with top colleges engaged including Stanford, Clarkson, Duke, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, Babson, University of Oxford, and Yale and hundreds of other universities/colleges. WED’s Global Ambassadors are operating in every continent, and from Rwanda to Saudi Arabia they are primed to activate their communities with the WED movement through worldwide activities on the day of the event.

The WED social media platform will engage women and men globally to pledge their support for a women owned business/cause with; Talent, Time, or Treasure. When we empower a community, we are also advancing the next generation of leaders! On December 2nd, the first Wednesday after Thanksgiving we will launch the #WomenWOW social media campaign to encourage everyone worldwide to support women-owned businesses and causes that will inspire just like Giving Tuesday and Small Business Saturday.

The WED social media platform will engage women and men globally to pledge their support for a women owned business/cause with; Talent, Time, or Treasure. When we empower a community, we are also advancing the next generation of leaders! On December 2nd, the first Wednesday after Thanksgiving we will launch the #WomenWOW social media campaign to encourage everyone worldwide to support women-owned businesses and causes that will inspire just as Giving Tuesday and Small Business Saturday.



About WED

The mission of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) is to celebrate, support, and empower women worldwide. Women’s Entrepreneurship Day will empower the 4 billion women on the planet, bring hope, and help elevate the 250 million girls living in poverty! Our social media initiative is to engage women and men globally to pledge their support to a women-owned business or cause through our #WomenWOW pledge, and give with their Time, Talent, or Treasure!

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Pioneer Awards

We honor women business pioneers, leaders, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, STEM innovators with the WED Pioneer Awards annually at the WED event. The recipients are women of excellence and industry leaders in Fashion, Philanthropy, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Social Responsibility, Beauty and Technology.

WED Global Initiative

Our student ambassador global initiative is in full swing; engaged top colleges include Stanford, Duke, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, Babson and University of Oxford. Our global team of ambassadors is activated in every continent, and from China to Saudi Arabia they stand primed to galvanize their communities with the WED movement and #WomenWOW to make a significant impact globally this year.


On December 2nd, 2015 the first Wednesday after Thanksgiving, we will activate WED’s social media campaign #WomenWOW and encourage everyone worldwide to support women-owned and led businesses, and causes.


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Al Haddad Motors launches new range of SUVs


Mercedes-Benz has dominated the alphabet


BAHRAIN [MANAMA]: Mercedes-Benz unveils not one, not two, but three all-new concepts for its already superior SUV range. Al Haddad Motors hosted a grand launch event on Sunday, October 18 to present the new models. The GLE class replaced the bestselling ML class, the ALL-NEW GLE Coupe 63, and the all-new GLC superseded the GLK. Mercedes-Benz proves time and again that it leads the industry when it comes to innovation, amongst other aspects.

The new GLE blends tradition and modernity with a luxurious interior ambiance and a sportier exterior design and is equipped with the best on-road and off-road handling, outstanding spaciousness and high levels of active and passive safety with driver assistance systems.  As a result, customers can expect a premium SUV perfected in all disciplines – performance, safety, comfort and design.

The ultimate embodiment of success, style and performance, the all-new Mercedes AMG GLE 63 4matic Coupe is an exciting interpretation of a four-door SUV coupe that has no equal. An expressive masculine vehicle, this commanding SUV meets the highest standards in terms of novelty, sophistication and athleticism to deliver a dynamic on-road driving experience, whatever the terrain. The SUV’s exceptional agility, distinctive engine sound and typical sports car acceleration are united with poise, assurance, tremendous pulling power and perfect traction. The AMG GLE coupe redefines the term “well-rounded.”

Design-driven, modern, athletic – this is just a glimpse of the all-new GLC from Mercedes-Benz. The new model, which succeeds the GLK, is much more spacious and refined, ultimately signifying an evolution for the second-generation Mercedes-Benz mid-range SUV. It turns heads with its sleek design and takes the lead in terms of technology, innovation and luxury. The overall design philosophy behind the all-new GLC favors purity and a modern aesthetic over the classic off-road look.

The team at Al Haddad Motors is thrilled to be able to witness history for the famous German brand. “Mercedes-Benz is known for always leading the way,” said Graeme Newport, general manager of Al Haddad Motors. “In terms of technology and innovation, Mercedes is about 5 years ahead of the game. It is truly an honor to see historical events unfold for the automobile industry.”

For a close look at these new vehicles, call the Al Haddad Motors showroom at +973 17785454 to book a test drive.

About Al Haddad Motors Mercedes-Benz Bahrain

Since 1958, Al Haddad Motors has been the authorized general distributor for Mercedes-Benz in the Kingdom of Bahrain. During this time the company has continued to grow and now employs over 200 dedicated and experienced staff. The wealth of experience and exceptional customer service provided by Al Haddad Motors ensures that it continues to be a world class Mercedes-Benz partner. Al Haddad Motors is a full service Mercedes-Benz operation from new and used passenger cars to commercial vehicles, genuine spare parts to lifestyle accessories, all professionally managed to Mercedes-Benz worldwide standards. The service center boasts a modern workshop fully equipped with Mercedes-Benz approved equipment.

For more information, visit or follow them on Instagram @alhaddadmotors, Twitter @MercedesBenzBAH, and Facebook /alhaddadmotors.mercedesbenzbah


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BIPEX 2015 is providing a golden opportunity for companies to directly exhibit their work to their target audience    

OCTOBER 2015 – Manama, Bahrain: The privately-owned real estate investment company, Bin Faqeeh, is proud to be this year’s prime sponsor for the renowned Bahrain International PropertyExhibition. The prestigious Bahraini company has established itself as one of the market leaders and has consistently strived in the growth and development of Bahrain’s real estate industry. Bin Faqeeh’s participation at the forefront of BIPEX 2015 will officially establish the company as the benchmark for real estate investment in the Kingdom.   

Established in 2008 and broadcasted its first major investment in 2010, Bin Faqeeh has triumphantly endured the global recession and financial crisis thereby emerging as one of the most powerful and influential companies in the industry. This veteran company has several prominent projects across Bahrain including Dar Al Salam on Reef Island, The Treasure on Dilmunia Island, and Business Bay in Seef District are some of the most recognized ones. However, their most recent work was officially announced in July, and the team at Bin Faqeeh is confident that BIPEX will provide the perfect marketing and promotion for their newest property investment. The leading investment company officially purchased three land parcels that will house the newest luxury residential complex, Waterbay. Waterbay will feature three distinct 10-storey residences housing a total of 600 luxury apartments. The first of the three housing complexes is expected to be completed in 2017. Hisham Al Raee, Chairman of Bahrain Bay Development, and Gagan Suri, CEO, are certain that this strategic partnership will deliver brilliant outcomes for Bahrain’s development. Thus, Bin Faqeeh’s extensive CV combined with its tactical initiatives and esteemed sponsorship title in BIPEX 2015 puts it in the region’s limelight.

“Bin Faqeeh works continually to foster a commitment to deliversuperior returns by becoming a gateway for diverse and innovative investments, building strategic partnerships, and earning invest enthusiasm and trust,” says Abdulrahman Alkooheji, the general manager of Bin Faqeeh. “Our participation as both a sponsor and an exhibitor for BIPEX 2015 allows us the opportunity to set an example for noteworthy development and expansion in the Kingdom of Bahrain’s real estate sector. Considering the steady economic recovery across Bahrain, I believe there could not be a more opportune time to focus on the real estate sector, attract investors and become a part of the country’s bright future.”

BIPEX 2015 is scheduled to take place on November 5th – 7th at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Center under the patronage of His Excellency Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Abdulla Alkhalifa. As Bahrain’s leading property show, BIPEX holds a significant spot in the Kingdom’s calendar of events as it promotes the region’s major infrastructures and real estate properties. This event sets an ideal stage for investors, builders and buyers to discuss the current issues facing the industry and to analyze solutions and suggestions for structuring the future of Bahrain. It is a kind of utopia for those interested in buying, selling or building properties.

The Bahrain Society of Engineers or BSE, is the premier body representing engineering professionals in the Kingdom. The BSE is tasked with organizing and presenting each BIPEX event in Bahrain. The organization was established in 1972 as a professional voluntary non-profit organization. It seeks to advance the engineering profession, while striving for continuous skill enhancements through training and conducting technical and professional programs.



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Al Haddad Motors is proud to announce that the Mercedes-Benz showroom is the first of its kind in Bahrain to offer the DriveClub driving simulator. All guests are welcome to come and try the state-of-the-art experience. The game operates from the latest ps4 system developer, Evolution Studio, and offers players the chance to win different challenges as they drive their way to the top vehicle, the AMG GT.

Enma Mall Hosts First Ever VIP Tour for Top Influencers

Enma Mall Hosts First Ever VIP Tour for Top Influencers


Riffa – Enma Mall was proud to play host to 12 of Bahrain’s top social media influencers and bloggers at a first of it’s kind VIP tour which took place at it’s premises on the third day of Eid Al Fitr, Sunday the 19th of July.

The tour, which encompassed 15 tenant stops was cultivated to give the crème de la crème of Bahrain’s social media elite an inside scoop on the hidden treasures Enma Mall has to offer.

“Although we consider it to be Riffa’s premier family mall – Enma Mall really has something for everyone” commented Khalid Fadhul – Sales & Marketing Manager of Middle Region Development Co. “The variety of influencers and bloggers we had join us on the tour is a true testament to that, and we’re excited to show their audiences the same”.

Among the invited guests were photographer extraordinaire Omar Farooq (also known as Omr94) who ranks as one of Bahrain’s biggest Instagram sensation with over 124,000 followers. Comedy duo Khaled Janahi and Imran Al Aradi also joined, as well as TV presenters Shaima Rahimi and Ameera Alkooheji, Make-up artist Azhar Hubail, Beauty blogger Najla Bastaki, food critics Ali Fareed and Mohammed Sadeq of YouTube channel WedoBH, as well as baking expert Mahmood Janahi. Fashion blogging was well represented by Ashwathy Shwaykumar, while Hamsa Saeed and Mohammed Saad covered the coaching and nutrition side of things.

The guests were welcomed at Le Chocolat for a speech given by Sarah Al Attar, Office and Marketing Manager of CBRE Bahrain, and a delicious authentic Bahraini breakfast. The clan then went on a whirlwind tour visiting some of Enma Mall’s key tenants whose marketing directors and owners welcomed them with open arms to explain a little bit about their brands. Among the tenants featured on the tour were clothing and retail giant F&F, Latif Shoes, , Grimas Make-up, Moods home, Grands Medical, My Little World play center, DigIn Pizza, Shawayatnah Restaurant, Twenty4, Bazelt gallery and Segafredo Zanetti Espresso.

Of course, no VIP experience is complete without gifts. The honoured guests were offered personalised gift items from each tenant, ranging from free samples, jewellery to gift vouchers from Lifestyle Jewellery to Turkish Delight and gourmet hazelnuts from Mado and much more.

The tour culminated with a farewell at Pebbelostry, Enma Mall’s very own Bubble Tea vendor where the staff had created special drinks for each influencer.

“We’re delighted to have hosted some of Bahrain’s local talent today” Commented Sarah Al Attar, Office and Marketing Manager of CBRE Bahrain. “What we’re seeing with social media is that it’s power on influencing consumers has become something to reckon with. We hope to keep working with influencers on future events and initiatives moving forward.”



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Gloss Salon Beauty Review in the Daily Tribune

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This week’s issue of the Daily Tribune highlights beauty tips from Alanood Khalifa, owner of Gloss Salon and Spa in Bahrain. Learn how to keep your skin feeling hydrated during the hot, summer months. Be sure to keep a lookout for more beauty tips!



The Bahrain International Property Exhibition is Back


JUNE 2015 – Manama, Bahrain: A key press conference on June 8th 2015 at the Four Seasons Hotel  Bahrain Bay saw the launch of Bahrain International Property Exhibition, BIPEX 2015 with a renewed emphasis.

BIPEX is the Kingdom’s pioneering property show that has served the community for several years, and it is back with greater focus and vigor. BIPEX 2015 is scheduled for November 5th – 7th at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Center under the patronage of H.E Shaikh Khalid Bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister. One of the results of the resurgent real estate sectors and growing economies of Bahrain and the GCC has been to revisit the BIPEX expo calendar. It is noteworthy that the government of Bahrain is undertaking several plans including road network developments, public transportation improvements, construction of three major power plants and a plethora of housing projects to ultimately elevate the standard of the country. Bahrain’s consistent growth and development in recent years is evidenced by the revival of interest in its real estate market. These events are not coincidental but are closely correlated and interlinked.

Over the past decade, BIPEX has grown rapidly and consolidated its reputation as a key international property exhibition. This landmark event prides itself on attracting both emerging and established real estate companies as exhibitors and participants. Furthermore, it sets the perfect stage for investors, developers and buyers to discuss various aspects facing the industry, including timely solutions and suggestions in that regard. BIPEX provides a unique opportunity for developers to inform potential buyers on topics about real estate developments, property features, financial terms and legal issues on a one-on-one basis.

The Bahrain Society of Engineers or BSE, is the premier body representing engineering professionals in the Kingdom. A dedicated committee is tasked with regularly organizing the BIPEX, and Mr. Mohammed Khalil Alsayed is the Chairman of this Organizing Committee for BIPEX. “Bahrain is consolidating its position as a hub for home-buyers and leisure travelers,” said Alsayed. “The government’s infrastructure spending in addition to the development of the tourism sector and the recent economic growth of 4.5% YOY reinforce this view. I am deeply optimistic about BIPEX 2015 as I believe it is a timely event that showcases a key component of Bahrain’s economy that benefits the players as well as investors and the general public,” added Mr. Alsayed.

“BIPEX, run by engineering professionals on a voluntary basis, is a crucial event in the realty sector’s annual calendar. I see it as a catalyst for inward investment flows into Bahrain, amongst providing many other related benefits to the economy of Bahrain. I wholeheartedly invite all companies, large and small, to participate in this landmark event and join us in the march to Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030.” he concluded.

About BSE

BSE was established in 1972 as a professional voluntary non-profit organization. It seeks to advance the engineering profession, while striving for continuous skill enhancements through training and conducting technical and professional programs.




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