15 Black-Owned Businesses in the UAE to Support Now and Forever

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With migrants making up 80 per cent of the population, the UAE is one of the most diverse nations in the world. The UAE is also home to a sizable black population (many Emiratis are of African ancestry) that are unfortunately often confronted with anti-black sentiments. 

In light of the protests that have shook communities across the globe in recent week, following the murder of George Floyd in May, a long-overdue dialogue about racism in the Arab world has finally been opened. 

As a region, we’re only just starting to unpack the racism in our communities, but along with signing petitions and vocally standing up as an ally – there is another way in which we can be actively anti-racist and show solidarity with our black communities: by choosing where we shop carefully. 

Now is the time to shift our attention to empowering our local communities and buy from the many black-owned businesses in and round the UAE. These are the businesses you should be supporting. 

Restaurants and Cafes

Catfish – Dubai

The Gbemi’s Kitchen

Boon Coffee – Dubai

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Kiza – Dubai

West to West Kitchen – Abu Dhabi

Hair and Beauty

Fade and Play Barbershop – Dubai

Braids Ladies Salon – Abu Dhabi

Scintillia Skincare – Abu Dhabi

Beauty by Promise – Dubai

Fitness

Afro Fit -Dubai

Yoga Enchantress – Dubai

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