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The National: October 21, 2015

Khalifa Fund chief calls for global vision among Emirati entrepreneurs

“We have a thriving business here in the UAE,” said Fathiya Ahmed, the chief executive of Heritage for Henna, recognised as Franchise Woman of the Year at the expo 2015

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Gulf News: Aug 10, 2013

Henna: a modern twist to cultural inheritance

Real businesses start small. A 1+1=10 business plan is unreal, says Fathiya Ahmad of Heritage for Henna.

Fathiya Ahmad started Heritage for Henna (HH) in a small khaimeh (tent) in the lobby of Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, in 2002. Heritage for Henna has 28 locations across the Emirates and has done dip-stick testing of the concept in overseas markets for franchise expansion…

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The National: October 29, 2012

Lasting impression for one woman’s vision

Fathiya Ahmed started Heritage for Henna in 2003 from the lobby of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Nine years later, it is in hotels and shops in the UAE and overseas. We last spoke with Ms Ahmed in March last year, and caught up with the 44-year-old Emirati this month to learn how her business has been doing since then….

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CEOWORLD Magazine: April 15, 2012

Interview with Mrs Fathia Ahmed, Chief Executive Officer, Heritage for Henna


Gulf News: July 7, 2010

Giving traditional beauty care a modern touch

Fathia Ahmad, who began her business in a tent at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, has established 28 outlets with a vision to take henna and its application as a beauty tool beyond the domestic salons to an international arena.

Fathia, the CEO of Heritage for Henna, is promoting local heritage among tourists by introducing a new range of high-end henna boutiques. But it was no easy task. “I started in 2002 with the idea to sell henna to tourists — initially everyone said no, they said it wasn’t a feasible business,” said Fathia.

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