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The 45 Fastest Growing Startups from Dubai

Hundreds of startups are found in Dubai and here is a list with the 45 best ones.

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In terms of entrepreneurship and business, Dubai has evolved into one of the top emerging hubs in the world.

Hundreds of startup companies have been founded there in the last years, many of which are enjoying incredible success.

We've compiled a list with the 45 most successful ones.


45 Startups in Dubai

1) PISIQ

1) PISIQ

PISIQ is a research and development group that focuses on fostering prospective talents and startups that assist to improve people's lives.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2016
  • Founders: Arman Salah, Mudar Muhissen, Nihal Mohammad Shaikh
  • Industries: Artificial Intelligence, Consulting, Information Technology, Internet, Product Research
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding amount: $32,890,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 5

You can find their website here.

2) Careem

2) Careem

Careem is a company that creates an app that assists Dubai commuters in finding a car to rent.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2012
  • Founders: Abdulla Elyas, Magnus Olsson, Mudassir Sheikha, Wael Nafee
  • Industries: Customer Service, Logistics, Public Transportation, Ride Sharing, Transportation
  • Number of employees: 1001-5000
  • Funding amount: $771,700,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 7
  • Number of investors: 22

You can find their website here.

3) Kitopi

3) Kitopi

Providing the fuel for the on-demand food industry.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: Andres Arenas, Bader Ataya, Mohamad Ballout, Saman Darkan
  • Industries: Cloud Infrastructure, Delivery, Food and Beverage, Food Delivery, Internet, Restaurants, SaaS, Software
  • Number of employees: 1001-5000
  • Funding amount: $89,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 12

You can find their website here.

4) Ziina

4) Ziina

In the Middle East, Ziina is introducing the next generation of financial services. Ziina is the first peer-to-peer payment software in the UAE.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2020
  • Founders: Andrew Gold, Faisal Toukan, Sarah Toukan
  • Industries: Financial Services, FinTech
  • Number of employees: 1-10
  • Funding amount: $8,475,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 15

You can find their website here.

5) Opontia

5) Opontia

Small e-commerce business owners can use Opontia to sell their businesses in a quick and fair manner.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2021
  • Founders: Manfred Meyer, Philip Johnston
  • Industries: Brand Marketing, E-Commerce, Retail
  • Number of employees: 1-10
  • Funding amount: $20,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 7

You can find their website here.

6) Matic

6) Matic

Matic is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) marketplace for home services.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2016
  • Founders: Mohamed Samad
  • Industries: Home Services, Information Technology, Marketplace, SaaS, Service Industry
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding amount: $3,050,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 2

You can find their website here.

7) Telegram Messenger

7) Telegram Messenger

Telegram is a cloud-based messaging service for mobile and desktop that prioritizes privacy, security, and speed.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Nikolai Durov, Pavel Durov
  • Industries: Apps, Messaging, Mobile, Mobile Apps, Social Media, Software
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding amount: $1,000,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 1
  • Number of investors: 2

You can find their website here.

8) Vezeeta

8) Vezeeta

Vezeeta is a practice management and digital healthcare booking tool.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2012
  • Founders: Ahmed Badr, Amir Barsoum
  • Industries: Health Care, Medical, Medical Device, Software
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding amount: $71,498,880
  • Number of funding rounds: 10
  • Number of investors: 11

You can find their website here.

9) RIZEK

9) RIZEK

RIZEK is a tech start-up that aims to increase employment creation in the MENA area.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2019
  • Founders: Abdallah Abu-Sheikh, Ahmed Marzui
  • Industries: Information Services, Information Technology
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding amount: $15,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 4

You can find their website here.

10) Property Finder

10) Property Finder

Property Finder is a real estate web company based in the Middle East and North Africa.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2005
  • Founders: Michael Lahyani, Renan Bourdeau
  • Industries: Marketing, Real Estate
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding amount: $142,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 6

You can find their website here.

11) Fetchr

11) Fetchr

Fetchr is a corporation that provides worldwide express, mail delivery, and logistics services.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2012
  • Founders: Idriss Al Rifai, Joy Ajlouny
  • Industries: Delivery Service, E-Commerce, Information Technology, Logistics, Supply Chain Management
  • Number of employees: 1001-5000
  • Funding amount: $77,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 6
  • Number of investors: 21

You can find their website here.

12) Souq

12) Souq

Souq is the owner and operator of a retail e-commerce website.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2005
  • Founders: Ronaldo Mouchawar
  • Industries: Consumer Electronics, E-Commerce, Marketing, Marketplace, Retail, Shopping
  • Number of employees: 1001-5000
  • Funding amount: $460,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 8

You can find their website here.

13) Foodics

13) Foodics

Foodics is a restaurant management software program that keeps track of sales, transactions, inventory, employee schedules, and customer interactions.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: Ahmad Al-Zaini, Musab Alothmani
  • Industries: Information Services, Management Information Systems, Restaurants, Software
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding amount: $27,996,075
  • Number of funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 14

You can find their website here.

14) STARZ PLAY

14) STARZ PLAY

In collaboration with the United States, STARZ PLAY offers children's films, Hollywood programs, and documentaries, as well as Arabic programming.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: Danny Bates, Maaz Sheikh, Saleem Bhatti
  • Industries: Digital Entertainment, Media and Entertainment
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding amount: $150,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 5

You can find their website here.

15) Shuaa Capital psc

15) Shuaa Capital psc

With over US$14 billion in assets under management, SHUAA Capital psc is a major asset management and investment banking platform.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 1979
  • Industries: Financial Services, FinTech
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding amount: $93,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 1
  • Number of investors: 1

You can find their website here.

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16) Bayzat

16) Bayzat

Bayzat is a technology firm that specializes in insurance and HR software.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2011
  • Founders: Brian Habibi, Talal Bayaa, Tarek Bayaa
  • Industries: Employee Benefits, Enterprise Software, Human Resources, Insurance, InsurTech, Software
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding amount: $28,598,445
  • Number of funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 10

You can find their website here.

17) Mamo Pay

17) Mamo Pay

Mamo Pay is a digital wallet and payment platform that offers a payment software that allows for easy money transfers.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2016
  • Founders: Asim Janjua, Imad Gharazeddine, Mohammad El Saadi
  • Industries: Billing, FinTech, Payments, Peer to Peer, Personal Finance
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding amount: $9,500,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 9

You can find their website here.

18) Namshi

18) Namshi

Namshi is a Dubai-based online e-commerce site that sells stylish footwear and clothes.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2010
  • Founders: Faraz Khalid, Hisham Zarka, Hosam Arab
  • Industries: E-Commerce, Fashion, Lifestyle
  • Number of employees: 501-1000
  • Funding amount: $33,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 6

You can find their website here.

19) Aster DM Healthcare

19) Aster DM Healthcare

Dr. Azad Moopen, a doctor turned entrepreneur, began the road toward excellence in healthcare from his base in Dubai.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 1987
  • Founders: Azad Moopen
  • Industries: Health Care, Hospital, Wellness
  • Number of employees: 10001+
  • Funding amount: $400,756,945
  • Number of funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 3

You can find their website here.

20) The Luxury Closet

20) The Luxury Closet

The Luxury Closet is a website where you can purchase, sell, and consign pre-owned luxury things at a discount.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2012
  • Founders: Kunal Kapoor
  • Industries: E-Commerce, Lifestyle, Retail
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding amount: $18,100,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 13

You can find their website here.

21) Eyewa

21) Eyewa

Prescription contact lenses, color contact lenses, sunglasses, and eyeglasses are all available at Eyewa.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Anass Boumediene, Mehdi Oudghiri
  • Industries: E-Commerce, Eyewear, Marketing, Retail, Sales
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding amount: $27,138,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 8
  • Number of investors: 9

You can find their website here.

22) SellAnyCar.com

22) SellAnyCar.com

SellAnyCar.com is the first online car-buying service in the Middle East. We'll buy any car. Purchase and payment are guaranteed within 30 minutes.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Saygin Yalcin
  • Industries: Automotive, E-Commerce, Finance
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding amount: $35,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 4

You can find their website here.

23) Sarwa.co

23) Sarwa.co

Sarwa is an online platform that enables Middle Eastern investors to invest in global markets in a simple and cost-effective manner.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Jad Sayegh, Mark Chahwan, Nadine Mezher
  • Industries: FinTech, Wealth Management
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding amount: $9,900,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 14

You can find their website here.

24) Okadoc

24) Okadoc

Okadoc is the region's first immediate online appointment booking platform, connecting healthcare professionals with their patients in a smooth manner.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: Fodhil Benturquia
  • Industries: Fitness, Health Care, Information Technology, mHealth, Software, Wellness
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding amount: $12,300,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 2

You can find their website here.

25) phygicart

25) phygicart

Phygicart is a web-based shopping mall.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2016
  • Founders: Jolly Antony
  • Industries: E-Commerce, E-Commerce Platforms, Shopping
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding amount: ₹1,000,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 1
  • Number of investors: 1

You can find their website here.

26) Beehive

26) Beehive

Beehive connects firms seeking funding with investors, forming mutually beneficial growth relationships.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: Craig Moore
  • Industries: Financial Services, FinTech, Lending, Peer to Peer
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding amount: $15,500,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 1

You can find their website here.

27) HolidayMe

27) HolidayMe

HolidayMe is an online site that provides clients in the Middle East with on-demand tailored vacation solutions.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Digvijay Pratap, Geet Bhalla
  • Industries: Leisure, Tourism, Travel
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding amount: $39,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 7
  • Number of investors: 9

You can find their website here.

28) Telr

28) Telr

An award-winning start-up established in Dubai that provides payment gateway solutions.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Elias Ghanem, Harveen Narulla, Khaldoon Tabaza, Khalil Alami, Sirish Kumar, Sridhar Gorantla
  • Industries: E-Commerce, Financial Services, FinTech, Internet, Mobile, Payments, Web Development
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding amount: $13,900,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 3

You can find their website here.

29) Foloosi

29) Foloosi

Foloosi simplifies consumer-to-business card payments by allowing businesses to display QR codes that customers may scan and pay with.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: Mohan K, Omar Bin Brek
  • Industries: FinTech
  • Number of employees: 1-10
  • Funding amount: $2,524,592
  • Number of funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 2

You can find their website here.

30) NOW Money

30) NOW Money

NOW Money employs mobile banking technologies to provide accounts and remittances to the Middle East's unbanked population.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2016
  • Founders: Ian Dillon, Katharine Budd
  • Industries: Banking, Financial Services, FinTech, Information Technology, Mobile Payments
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding amount: $10,872,500
  • Number of funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 12

You can find their website here.

31) Altibbi

31) Altibbi

Altibbi is the Arab World's largest digital health platform, with 1.5 million pages of medical content and a 24-hour telehealth service.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2010
  • Founders: Ayman Sharaiha, Hussein Abdelkarim, Jalil Allabadi
  • Industries: Apps, Fitness, Health Care
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding amount: $8,500,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 7

You can find their website here.

32) Channel VAS

32) Channel VAS

Mobile Financial Services, Airtime Credit & Airtime Advance Services, Handset Loans, and Big Data Analytics are all offered by this leading Fintech company.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2012
  • Founders: Bassim Haidar
  • Industries: Financial Services, FinTech, Mobile, Telecommunications
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding amount: $104,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 3

You can find their website here.

33) iKcon

33) iKcon

iKcon is a tech-enabled cloud kitchen operator that buys, cooks, and distributes food for restaurants and brands.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2019
  • Founders: Kareem Abughazaleh, Khalid Baareh
  • Industries: Food and Beverage
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding amount: $25,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 7

You can find their website here.

34) Floranow

34) Floranow

Using new technology and efficient cool chain solutions, a global online B2B marketplace connects flower and plant growers with purchasers.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2016
  • Founders: Charif Mzayek
  • Industries: B2B, E-Commerce, Internet, Marketplace, Retail, Wholesale
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding amount: $7,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 6

You can find their website here.

35) GrubTech

35) GrubTech

GrubTech is an end-to-end SaaS platform that enables restaurants and cloud kitchens to go digital.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2019
  • Founders: Mohamed Al Fayed, Mohamed Hamedi
  • Industries: SaaS, Software
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding amount: $5,400,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 7

You can find their website here.

36) Sehteq

36) Sehteq

Sehteq is a Dubai-based health insurance firm using Oscar-like technologies.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Saif AlJaibeji
  • Industries: Health Insurance, Insurance
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding amount: $20,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 1
  • Number of investors: 1

You can find their website here.

37) Sweetheart Kitchen

37) Sweetheart Kitchen

Sweetheart Kitchen is a multi-brand virtual kitchen that produces and delivers meals using innovative cooking techniques.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2019
  • Founders: Peter Schatzberg
  • Industries: Catering, Food and Beverage, Food Delivery, Food Processing, Manufacturing, Restaurants
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding amount: € 36,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 1

You can find their website here.

38) MUNCH:ON

38) MUNCH:ON

With MUNCH:ON Pro, you can get 50% off and free delivery from the greatest restaurants, thanks to bundling, routing, and scheduling technologies.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2016
  • Founders: Dana Baki, Mohammad Al Zaben
  • Industries: E-Commerce, Food and Beverage, Food Delivery, Food Processing, Information Technology, Internet, Location Based Services, Messaging
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding amount: $6,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 13

You can find their website here.

39) Seez

39) Seez

Seez is a smartphone app for automobile shoppers that is built on a data-driven automotive platform.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2016
  • Founders: Andrew Kabrit, Tarek Kabrit
  • Industries: Apps, Artificial Intelligence, E-Commerce, Image Recognition, Internet, Machine Learning, Mobile, Search Engine
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding amount: $8,800,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 5

You can find their website here.

40) Eat

40) Eat

Online Restaurant Reservations and Restaurant Management Software

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: David Feuillard, Nezar Kadhem
  • Industries: Apps, E-Commerce, Food and Beverage, Mobile, Reservations, Restaurants, SaaS, Software
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding amount: $7,200,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 5

You can find their website here.

41) ARADA

41) ARADA

ARADA is committed to creating stunning communities that inspire, enrich, and engage the people who live there.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2016
  • Founders: HE Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi
  • Industries: Building Material, Property Development, Real Estate
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding amount: AED2,000,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 3

You can find their website here.

42) Souqalmal.com

42) Souqalmal.com

Souqalmal.com is the Middle East's premier financial comparison portal, with offices in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2012
  • Founders: Ambareen Musa
  • Industries: Banking, Finance, Financial Services, Price Comparison
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding amount: $11,500,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 7
  • Number of investors: 10

You can find their website here.

43) Emirates Global Aluminium

43) Emirates Global Aluminium

Outside of the oil and gas sector, Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) is the largest industrial firm in the UAE.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 1975
  • Industries: Industrial, Machinery Manufacturing, Manufacturing, Oil and Gas
  • Number of employees: 10001+
  • Funding amount: $600,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 1
  • Number of investors: 4

You can find their website here.

44) Odiggo

44) Odiggo

Spare Parts, Mobile App, and Website

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: Ahmed Nasser, Ahmed Omar
  • Industries: B2B, B2C, Big Data, E-Commerce, E-Commerce Platforms, Information Technology, Internet, Internet of Things, Predictive Analytics
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding amount: $752,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 3

You can find their website here.

45) North Ladder

45) North Ladder

North Ladder is a real-time auction-driven second-hand marketplace that allows consumers to get fast cash for their belongings.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Pishu Ganglani, Ricky Husaini
  • Industries: Classifieds, E-Commerce, Financial Services, Information Services, Information Technology, Marketplace
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding amount: $6,270,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 2

You can find their website here.

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