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Rasha Sharif Al Dhanhani

Founder -PappaRoti Coffeehouse Chain


Rasha Aldanhani is an accomplished Emirati entrepreneur, renowned for her innovative ideas, daring approaches in business and inspiring philanthropy. She is the mastermind behind the famous PappaRoti Café, a unique concept experience based on a Malaysian bun. With hands-on management and dedication, Rasha created the café concept from scratch in the mid of the global economic crisis in 2009 at Dubai Mall, the largest mall in the MENA region. Under her leadership, PappaRoti Café expanded to more than 68 branches under her master franchise to cover MENA, CIS countries, Asia and Europe.

Rasha’s dedication and passion for excellence led her to rank number 56 among the 200 Most Powerful Arab Women for 2014 by Forbes ME and 14th among the 26 Emirati women who made it to the top 200. Today, Ms. Aldanhani Owns and manages seven successful companies: PappaRoti International General Trading, PappaRoti Investments, Al Rasha Investments Group, Al Rasha RSD, Brandnoise, Big Heart and most recently PappaRoti Boutique.

She won 16 local and international awards as a recognition for her positive approach to challenges, remarkable leadership and forward thinking. Rasha graduated in General Business with Honours from Dubai Women’s college and immediately dived in the business world equipped by her strong determination to succeed. She took-on leadership roles with blue chip organizations including Emaar Properties, Dubai Development and Investment Authority, Emirates Bank and Credit Agricole Indosez Bank, through which, she gained a great knowledge and experience in establishing and managing successful businesses. She is an Arbitration Consultant in International Commercial Arbitration at the International Arbitration Organization in Egypt and a member in Dubai Business Women Council.

List of Awards received by Ms. Rasha Aldanhani

  1. Best Business Woman – SME Awards 2012
  2. Q Platinum Award, recognizing PappaRoti as a leader in hygiene and 
food safety for 2012.
  3. Q Platinum Award, recognizing PappaRoti as a leader in hygiene and 
food safety for 2013.
  4. Best Entrepreneur Award- Arab Woman Awards 2013
  5. Dubai SME Best Entrepreneurial Personality Award 2014
  6. Ranked 56th out of the 200 most powerful Arab women by Forbes 
Middle East 2014
  7. Best MENA Franchise Professional award 2014
  8. Arab Entrepreneur- Dubai SME awards 2014.
  9. Award for the Best Entrepreneur Women for 2014. Under the 
patronage of Sheikha Fatima bin Zayed bin Saqr Al Nahyan at The Economic Identity of Business Women in the Arab World Convention – 2015
  10. One among the Ahlan Hot 100 2015.
  11. International Quality Crown Award London 2015
  12. Asian Leadership award 2015
  13. Woman leader in Business and Economic Development Excellence
    Award- 16th Middle East Women leaders Excellence Awards 2016
  14. Best Enterprise of the year- EBA Awards 2016
  15. CEO of the Year- European Award for best practices Brussels 2016
  16. Emirates Women Awards by Dubai Quality Group in leadership
    category 2017.