Eight Female-Owned Businesses To Support Now And Forever

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International Women’s Day was instated to celebrate and raise awareness of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women; though we should be celebrating women each and every day, if you ask us. Part of uplifting women in the community is supporting female-owned businesses and MOJEH is rounding up the regional businesses you can support this International Women’s Day and beyond, from skincare brands tailored to Middle Eastern needs to co-working spaces on a mission to empower female entrepreneurs.


Founded by Saudi entrepreneur Sara Al Rashed to provide beauty products tailored specifically to Middle Eastern women, Asteri has gone from strength to strength thanks to skin-friendly concoctions that are formulated to withstand the sweltering desert heat; tested on real women in the region, Asteri’s products promise all-day wear no matter the heat and humidity. Shop now


A product of Dubai-based sisters Sophiya and Sarah Faizal’s personal wellness and mental health journey, Paus in Umm Suqeim is on a mission ‘to start a slowdown movement in a hurry-up society’ through its talks, workshops, movement studio, meditation room and treatments. Treat your body this month with its exclusive Detox Package of eight sessions of 45-minute Lymphatic Drainage for Dhs1,750 available exclusively for Ramadan, while your mind will benefit from its Majlis Hour, a cosy set-up created for meaningful connections with great food and even better company. Learn more


Searching for bespoke jewels crafted with emotion? Princess Nourah Al-Faisal is the founding designer of Nuun, a jewellery House specialising in stunning pieces that reflect both the cultural heritage of Saudi Arabia and the savoir-faire of some of the world’s finest workshops in which the pieces are created. Most recently, Nuun collaborated with British brand Asprey on a limited-edition collection of handbags inspired by the cultural richness of The Kingdom. Discover the collections 


If you are revamping your interiors for spring, look no further than Kuky, a Dubai-based design studio founded by interior designer Valentina Piscopo. The brand’s first home collection comprises 10 unique pieces, each of which not only reflects Valentina’s signature design style but the Middle Eastern consumers’ desire for conversation starters. Soothing, nature-inspired hues adorn lighting, furniture and accessories to ensure your home is a haven in which you can relax and recharge. Shop now



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For centuries, skincare practices have been targeted at ‘fixing’ perceived imperfections, leading to stigmas and shame surrounding the characteristics that make us unique. When Salama Mohamed founded Peacefull, her mission was to create a skincare brand centred around self-love, inclusion and self-expression and to encourage customers to feel at home in their own skin. Peacefull’s gender-neutral, science-backed products take the Middle East’s harsh weather into consideration, ensuring complexions are prepped, clean and balanced. Shop now



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A testament to the timelessness of Faiza Bouguessa’s pieces, her eponymous ready-to-wear label continues to be on the radar of regional women despite launching ten years ago. With a focus on minimalist, feminine silhouettes that fit seamlessly into the routines of women on-the-go, each of the pieces are a timeless treasure. Shop now

Roll DXB


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Keeping fit can feel like a chore, especially if you can think of nothing worse than running in place in a crowded gym, waiting for time to tick by. Thankfully, Emirati entrepreneur Alia Al Banna co-founded RollDXB to tackle our workout woes. The region’s first rollerskating rink is the perfect place to work up a sweat while actually enjoying yourself. With something for everyone, at every skill level, RollDXB offers skating lessons, themed events and a popular ladies’ night, all to a throwback soundtrack that will have you reliving the good old days. Learn more

The Bureau

Founded by Dubai-based sisters Nikita and Rhea Patel for the working woman, The Bureau is a female-focused co-working space that aims to empower the community of female entrepreneurs by providing an environment that fosters creativity. A stunning, pastel-pink environment, at that. From workspaces and workout studios to pumping stations and an in-house café, The Bureau has everything any female entrepreneur needs to kickstart – and further – their career. Become a member

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