The UAE Cabinet made it compulsory for corporations and government agencies to include women on their boards of directors from 9 December 2012. The historic decision was announced on Twitter by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and ruler of Dubai. Women proved themselves in many workplaces and today we want them to have a strong presence in decision-making positions in our institutions,” Sheikh Mohammed tweeted.
Very few nations have implemented such far-reaching regulations to ensure women are represented on boards of directors. Norway became the first country to introduce board gender quotas in 2003.