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Dechant, Kathleen, and Asya Al Lamky. "Toward An Understanding Of Arab Women Entrepreneurs In Bahrain And Oman." Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship 10.2 (2005): 123-140. Business Source Complete. EBSCO. Web. 14 Oct. 2010.

Dechant and Lamky’s article offers insight into Arab women entrepreneurs and female owned small business throughout the Middle East. This study describes and examines the business start-up experiences of ten women from Bahrain and Oman. The study then proceeds to compares them with the experiences of women in industrialized and developing countries. Some interesting issues clarified in this article are: culture as a context for entrepreneurship, the nature of entrepreneurship, personal characteristics, motivation, business characteristics, and obstacles encountered by female entrepreneurs.

Dechant and Lamky offer valuable information regarding women starting small businesses in the Middle East and the issues they face and must overcome to be successful. This study is incredibly useful as it sheds light on the current pre-disposition of women (and the advancements taking place) in the Middle East and the current situation of women entrepreneurs in this area. Some drawbacks to this study were that it only investigates 10 Arab women entrepreneurs in Bahrain and Oman. Some studies have been conducted on female entrepreneurs in developing and transition economies in other parts of the world; scant attention has been paid to those in Arab countries which is what I believe motivated this particular study.

Sections in this article could easily be included in my essay about exhibitions in Kuwait. There are a lot of interesting facts mentioned in this study, for example the role of women in the past compared to their new role in the future, the significance women have in a country’s economy, and finally the significance of culture and religion for women entrepreneurs. Women residing in the Middle East and/or...
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