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In the midst of launching a startup, one of the crucial components entrepreneurs need to think about is company culture and the atmosphere they would like to foster as they build their organization. Inclusion is one such criteria that needs to be at the top of the list for any startup. An inclusive work environment means including people of determination and those with additional learning needs, people from backgrounds different than yours and an equal gender divide. An inclusive work environment makes your company “two times as likely to meet or exceed financial targets” with reduced employee turnover.

As reported by WHO, as much as 34.5% of the UAE population is classified as obese and 70.6% as overweight.[1] This alarming report has been further supplemented by the International Diabetes Federation, reporting in 2019 that one in six adults in the UAE has diabetes.[2] Furthermore, that same year, Zayed Military Hospital’s study conducted in the UAE, and led by Professor Humaidan Al Zaabi, found that 4.7% of patients were said to be suffering from the disease and that 41% of patients displayed signs of impaired fasting blood glucose, an indicator of pre-diabetes.[3]

Ally Salama has many firsts to his name. He was the first Egyptian male youth speaker on mental health at the United Nations, he has built a #1 trending podcast across 6 countries, and his online magazine EMPWR Mag was among Harvard’s Top 7 Most Impactful Social Initiatives, in 2019. But Ally’s most significant achievement is empowering honest and compassionate dialogue around mental health, as a spokesperson and activist.

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