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2017 Zero Nine Exhibition celebrating local talent

145672328709 gifThe fourth annual Zero Nine Charity Exhibition is to be held at Khalifa Hall in Fujairah from April 12-15th and is open daily from 13:00 to 23:00.


The Zero Nine exhibition and event has quickly become one of the leading showcases for Arab businesswomen in the region- in just four short years it has attracted talent from a number of different industries and hosted many influential women. 


Products range from homemade confectionery and pastry, to fashion and accessories as well as interior design, jewelry and digital start-ups. Sixty-two different businesses exhibited in the 2016 edition.


It remains a truly homegrown initiative, (named after our Fujairah dialing area code) held annually under the guidance and patronage of H.H. Sheikha Shamseh bint Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, a philanthropist and businesswoman in her own right, as well as a member of the ruling family of Fujairah.


The first day of the exhibition (April 12th) is open to ladies only, and is to be opened by H.H. Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, H.H. Sheikha Sarah bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, H.H. Sheikha Shamseh bint Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi and H.H. Sheikha Madiyah bint Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi as well as other VIPs. 


All other days are open to families. On day three (April 14th) H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah is set to attend.


From its inception, the event strived to give a platform for local female businesswomen to show their creativity, skills and business acumen:


“The main aim of Zero Nine is to help Emirati and resident businesswomen in Fujairah and the UAE launch their businesses in a friendly and productive environment that encourages the exchange of experience between participants. The exhibition is a great opportunity for women to showcase their product and to know the market needs through directly dealing with the consumers”.


Zero916 jpgWith each year the event has evolved to include workshops and inspirational talks by prominent figures over the years: beauty icons Huda Kattan and Joelle Mardinan, influential philanthropists like Dr. Maryam Matar and Aisha Saeed Harib and patrons of the arts Dr. Maitha Said Al Hameli, Abeer Tahlak and musician Taif Al Hufaiti.


This year will see inspirational talks given in Arabic by H.E. Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of State for FNC Affairs and Chairwoman of twofour54; poet Parween Habib; author and entrepreneur Hala Kazim- in addition to daily workshops given by notable female public figures.


Also at the heart of the exhibition is affecting social change through business development; each year the event donates all revenues to a different charitable organization.


The 2016 exhibition was attended by nearly 4000 people and raised AED 300,000, which went towards the establishment of the Friends for Diabetes Group at Fujairah Hospital. The initiative campaigns to raise awareness about the disease, as well as perform diabetes tests around the Fujairah region.


This year the event hopes to draw attention to, as well as raise funds for the UAE Make-a-Wish Foundation- an organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.


The fourth annual Zero Nine Charity Exhibition is to be held at Sheikh Khalifa Hall on Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Road in Fujairah from April 12-15 and is open daily from 13:00 to 23:00.

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