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UAE’s Investment landscape sees a resurgence with Women taking the Lead

Women investors have strategically spread their investments across critical sectors such as Real Estate, Technology, and Healthcare

By Naina Patel
By Naina Patel

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has entered a new era of financial empowerment and strategic acumen as women investors contribute significantly to the nation’s economic landscape. Recent data from the Dubai Land Department (DLD) reveals that women’s investment in real estate alone has surpassed AED 58.8 billion, demonstrating their growing influence and financial prowess. Moreover, women now own 30% of the property in Dubai, emphasizing their remarkable contribution to the UAE’s real estate sector.

A Rapidly Growing Trend

The year 2022 witnessed a remarkable surge in the number of women investors, with a staggering 51% increase compared to 2021. This robust growth in women’s investment portfolios underscores a profound trend towards increasing financial independence. Projections for 2023 suggest that this momentum will continue, with expectations of a year-end increase exceeding 50%, reinforcing the pivotal role of women in shaping the UAE’s financial landscape.

Diverse Investment Portfolios

One of the striking aspects of this burgeoning trend is the diversity of women’s investments. Women investors are strategically diversifying their portfolios across various asset classes, demonstrating their financial acumen and the breadth of their interests.

  1. Real Estate: The real estate sector remains a significant cornerstone of women’s investment portfolios, accounting for 40% of their investments. The AED 58.8 billion contribution mentioned earlier is a testament to their substantial presence in this sector.
  2. Technology: The technology sector has emerged as another prominent area of investment, constituting 30% of women’s portfolios. This demonstrates women’s keen interest in cutting-edge industries with significant growth potential.
  3. Healthcare: With a 20% share of investments, the healthcare sector reflects women investors’ commitment to industries that address critical societal needs, while also offering promising financial returns.
  4. Diverse Sectors: The remaining 10% of investments are spread across diverse sectors, highlighting the multifaceted nature of women’s investment interests. This diversity showcases their adaptability and willingness to explore opportunities across various industries.

The Driving Forces Behind Women’s Investment Growth

Several factors have contributed to the surge in women’s investment in the UAE:

  1. Economic Empowerment: The UAE government has actively promoted gender equality and economic empowerment, creating an environment conducive to women’s financial success. Initiatives such as the Dubai Land Department’s efforts to facilitate property ownership have played a crucial role in this transformation.
  2. Financial Education: Access to financial education and literacy programs has empowered women to make informed investment decisions, fostering their confidence in managing their financial portfolios.
  3. Investment Opportunities: The UAE’s diversified economy offers a wide range of investment opportunities, appealing to women investors with varying interests and risk appetites.
  4. Supportive Ecosystem: The UAE’s supportive business environment, including regulatory reforms and investor-friendly policies, has encouraged women to explore and invest in different sectors.

The surge in women investors, their diverse portfolios, and their increasing economic influence underscore their growing importance in shaping the nation’s financial future. As we move through 2023, the momentum in women’s investment is expected to continue, solidifying their role as key drivers of the UAE’s economic growth. With the right support and opportunities, women investors in the UAE are well-positioned to lead the way towards a more prosperous and equitable financial future for all.

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