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Business Who’s Who

Standing Ovations

By Dilara Hafiz

The first Olympic Games were held in 776BC. At that time, both the participants and the spectators were men; strictly no women allowed! Fast-forward 2,000 years to 1900, the first Olympic Games which women participated in. Saudi Arabian women proudly joined the ranks of these select few athletes in the 2012 London Olympic Games with the presence of 19 year-old Sarah Attar and 16 year-old Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani. It’s no surprise to see Muslim women taking part in a celebration of excellence. As one of the most progressive religions of the time, Islam awarded women the right to own property, the right to retain their own name, and the right to vote in the seventh century. Indeed, Khadijah, the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) first wife, was a successful businesswoman and widow prior to her second marriage. She remains the quintessential role model for Muslim women – the first convert and the first Muslim woman entrepreneur. Who can fault Saudi women for following in such illustrious footsteps?

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Saudi Arabia  

DJ Issue 44 - September 2012

Saudi Arabia  

DJ Issue 44 - September 2012

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