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New ‘One Free Zone Passport’ Initiative In The Works To Permit Businesses To Use Single License To Operate In All Free Zones In Dubai

New ‘One Free Zone Passport’ Initiative In The Works To Permit Businesses To Use Single License To Operate In All Free Zones In Dubai

The Dubai Free Zones (DFZ) Council plans to launch a new initiative that would allow companies licensed at a single free zone in Dubai to also operate in other free zones in the emirate without the need for a second license.

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  • company trade license
  • Dubai Free Zones Council
  • economy
  • One Free Zone Passport
Startups Show Their Mettle As Dubai Smartpreneur Competition 4.0 Races To Its Finals

Startups Show Their Mettle As Dubai Smartpreneur Competition 4.0 Races To Its Finals

Show evidence of your execution ability, and that you have thoroughly-researched ideas for your market – that's what the judges of the Dubai Smartpreneur Competition 4.0 say entrepreneurs need to do to stand out in the startup arena.

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  • Dubai
  • Dubai Smartpreneur Competition
  • pitch training
  • pitches
  • Startups
  • Top 50
  • training
Namshi Co-Founder Hosam Arab Steps Down As CEO Of The E-Commerce Enterprise

Namshi Co-Founder Hosam Arab Steps Down As CEO Of The E-Commerce Enterprise

Arab's resignation comes about two weeks after Namshi announced its complete acquisition by Emaar Malls, the retail arm of the Dubai-headquartered Emaar Properties, by buying out Global Fashion Group's stake in the company.

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  • acquisition
  • Ecommerce
  • emaar
  • Emaar malls
  • fashion industry
  • namshi
Co-Founder Dubai Stories: It’s All About Instinct and Ideas, Say WakeCap’s Co-Founders

Co-Founder Dubai Stories: It’s All About Instinct and Ideas, Say WakeCap’s Co-Founders

Most people aren't inclined towards applying for a job that advertises that it can't really pay you at the moment but promises equity someday in the future. But not only did Ishita Sood apply to it immediately, she also accepted the role as WakeCap's founder without putting anything on paper and before the company was officially formed.

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  • co-founder
  • cofounder communication
  • cofounder relationships
  • WakeCap
Winner Of 3rd Emirati Tech Boot Camp Awarded Free Company Setup And Space at Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Campus

Winner Of 3rd Emirati Tech Boot Camp Awarded Free Company Setup And Space at Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Campus

'Mnawrah ', a marketplace for instant, personalized and cultural specific e-cards founded by Aysha Al Hemrani, was awarded free company setup and a desk space at the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority's (DSOA) wholly owned Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Campus (Dtec) as part of a pitch competition at the 3rd Emirati Tech Boot Camp earlier this month.

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  • DTEC
  • Emirati
  • Emirati entrepreneurs
  • Mnawrah
  • pitch
  • pitching
UAE Ministry of Finance Launches Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund Accelerator

UAE Ministry of Finance Launches Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund Accelerator

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund Accelerator was launched in Dubai this week in the presence of the UAE Minister of State for Financial Affairs His Excellency Obaid Humaid Al Tayer. 

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  • Acceleration Program
  • Accelerator
  • Finnovate
  • innovation
  • Ministry of Finance
  • UAE

Dubai’s The Luxury Closet closes $11 million growth funding round, acquires Hong Kong-based Guiltless.com

Dubai’s The Luxury Closet closes $11 million growth funding round, acquires Hong Kong-based Guiltless.com

Dubai-based The Luxury Closet, an online marketplace for the resale of pre-owned designer goods, has raised $2.3 million in fresh funds to close its growth funding round with a total of $11 million, the startup announced in a press statement this week.

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  • fundraising
  • growth funding
  • Knuru Capital
  • Kunal Kapoor
  • Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP)
  • The Luxury Closet
  • Wamda Capital
Soaring High: Intelak’s Latest Cohort Of Entrepreneurs Graduate

Soaring High: Intelak’s Latest Cohort Of Entrepreneurs Graduate

Four winning startups from Intelak, the industry-focused incubator program for the aviation, travel and tourism sectors, presented their pitches to potential investors this week as they look to scale up […]

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  • Avendi
  • Bonflite
  • Cargonow
  • Hotel Data Cloud
  • Intelak
  • Travel And Tourism Sector
Souq.com rebranded as Amazon in UAE

Souq.com rebranded as Amazon in UAE

Amazon has rebranded Souq.com to amazon.ae, two years after the global e-commerce giant acquired Souq.com for $580 million (Dh2.13 billion).

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  • Amazon
  • Amazon.ae
  • Amazon.com
  • Ronaldo Mouchawar
  • Souq.com
An Eye For Growth: ASA Ventures Founder And CEO Arif Saiyad

An Eye For Growth: ASA Ventures Founder And CEO Arif Saiyad

ASA Ventures founder and CEO Arif Saiyad wants to empower entrepreneurs to solve real problems.

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  • ASA Ventures
  • investor relationships
  • investors
  • mentorship
  • venture capital
We Got Funded: Dubai-Based YaLLa Esports Raises Seed Funding

We Got Funded: Dubai-Based YaLLa Esports Raises Seed Funding

Dubai-based YaLLa Esports champions the region's gaming culture by presenting esports as a viable career choice and creating homegrown talent.

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  • angel funding
  • angel investor
  • Funding
  • seed funding
  • sports
  • YaLLa Esports
We Got Funded: UAE-Based E-Commerce Enterprise Awok Raises US$30 Million In Series A

We Got Funded: UAE-Based E-Commerce Enterprise Awok Raises US$30 Million In Series A

Ulugbek Yuldashev, founder and CEO of Awok, has led his startup from just three employees in 2013 to a 700-strong team.

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  • Awok
  • Ecommerce
  • fundraising
  • Series A