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Women make up 47 per cent of UAE labour market: World Bank

Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Lebanon have enacted reforms to promote economic advancement of women

Women make up close to 47 per cent of the UAE labour market, according to estimates by the World Bank.

According to the World Bank’s assessments, which were revealed in its report (“Women, Business and the Law 2016”), women in the UAE enjoyed many advantages that ensure its business leadership.

The World Bank says that the UAE constitution provides gender equality and non-discrimination.

According to the report, the share of women in the labour market in Qatar stood at approximately 52 per cent and in Kuwait at roughly 45 per cent of the total, followed by Bahrain with 41 per cent. The share was 31 per cent in Oman, while Saudi Arabia’s share increased by 21 per cent.

The report said that Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Lebanon have enacted reforms to promote the economic advancement of women, although women in the Middle East and North Africa region are still facing the greatest obstacles in getting a job or starting a business, Alittihad newspaper reported.

The report, published every two years, monitors laws that impede women’s employment and their leadership for entrepreneurship in 173 economies around the world and 19 economies in the region. For the first time, it covers Bahrain, Djibouti, Iraq, Malta and Qatar.