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By Nafeesa Saed

(Bloomberg) — By day, Farah Al Qaissieh is employed at a government agency in the United Arab Emirates. By night, she works as chief executive officer of her fledging company, Xenia.

She got there with help from Abu Dhabi, the richest of the seven sheikdoms of the U.A.E. After winning a government entrepreneurship competition, she learned to develop a business plan and got two years of free office space, a trade license and app developers. Discover Dhabi, her mobile application taking users on scavenger hunts of Abu Dhabi tourist spots, will be released this month.

“Many people have amazing ideas, but they’re just too afraid to take that step into entrepreneurship, thinking that they’ll fail,” Al Qaissieh, 25, said in an Abu Dhabi cafe, dressed in a black abaya robe and a headscarf. “If they do fail, that’s still a phenomenal experience because they still took one…

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