Management and Education in the K-Economies of the Arabian Gulf: A Gender Perspective

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This paper investigates the UAE as potentially a successful model for change in the Arabian Gulf region, in issues pertaining to women in education and the necessity for the full participation of women in the workforce and at managerial level in the developing knowledge-based economy. The purpose of the paper is to gauge the opinions and biases of the educated Emirati regarding prevalent gender related issues through qualitative research. The paper focuses on the views of young Emirati men and women on the present and future role of women in Emirati society. The research indicates that in order for K-economies in the region to succeed, they must utilise their entire human resource and encourage increased participation of Arab women in the workplace and their recruitment into senior management levels within organisations. The implications of the research are that there are a number of challenges facing Emirati society and by implication the Arabian Gulf region, which need to be addressed if change and advancement envisaged by the region is to be realised.


Keywords: Knowledge-Economy, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Management, Education
Stream: Gender and Sexuality
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Views on the “Knowledge Economy Project” of the Arabian Gulf


Dr. Kasim Randeree

Lecturer, Faculty of Business, The British University in Dubai
Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dr Kasim Randeree is a Lecturer for the Faculty of Business at The British University in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Dr Randeree has an academic career spanning the past 15 years, with experience both in the United Kingdom and the Middle East. He is dedicated to the development of contemporary Middle Eastern society and has worked in the past at the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain, The American University in Dubai as well as conducting research across parts of the Arabian Gulf and North Africa. He has a broad portfolio of research with related current interests in the legacy of early Muslim practitioners to contemporary management and the advancement of Arab women in the Middle East. A number of postgraduate research students are active in these areas under Dr Randeree’s supervision. He has numerous supporting publications both internationally and across the region.

Dr. Eman Gaad

Senior Lecturer, Institute of Education, The British University in Dubai
Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


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