Women investors in the Gulf manage investments of more than AED 140bn ($38bn) and have become better educated in finance, she says.

“Until recently there were limited investment avenues available for women to maximise returns from their investment funds in a professional manner, resulting in women’s investment potential remaining under-utilised,” says Al-Qasimi.

However, investment is restricted by limited opportunities targeted at women, she says. “The challenge is not just in providing women with new investment opportunities but also in creating investment products that suit their unique situations,” says al-Qasimi.