Entry Criteria


  • All female citizens and residents of the UAE
  • Above the age of 18

Categories for entry

  • Original business idea in a concept phase
  • Small business (could be home-based) that has the potential to grow into an SME.
  • Entrepreneurs with an existing business are only eligible to apply if they are doing so for a venture unrelated to their existing business, which meets the rest of the criteria.

Conditions of entry

  • Entries are only accepted in the official website format
  • We advise and encourage applicants to attend all the sessions and workshops in order to benefit from the learning curriculum
  • Active participation in competition activities required
  • Workshops should be attended by women applicants only
  • Submit the business plan within the required time frame
  • Respect the confidentiality of other participant’s ideas throughout the program
  • Majority of leadership positions within the venture must be filled by women
  • Entrants must nominate a lead contact person (female)
  • Entrants grant Dubai Business Women Council the right to use and display contestants’ pictures for marketing purposes only

Registration for Ro’Ya 2015 is now closed

For more information on how to become a participant, please feel free to get in touch with us on +971 4 2028531/2 or email us on