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(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 fledgling company, Xenia.

Al Qaissieh 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.