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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
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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

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
The Ultimate Guide on Dubai Trade Licenses
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The Ultimate Guide on Dubai Trade Licenses

If you are willing to license and register your company in Dubai, ensure that you read this ultimate guide on Dubai Trade Licenses.

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  • company trade license
  • Dubai
  • licensing
  • Shuraa
  • trade license
  • Ultimate Guide on Dubai Trade Licenses
Startups Show Their Mettle As Dubai Smartpreneur Competition 4.0 Races To Its Finals
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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
Dubai’s University Free Zones Strategy To Power New Wave Of Student-Lead Innovation And Entrepreneurship In The Emirate
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Dubai’s University Free Zones Strategy To Power New Wave Of Student-Lead Innovation And Entrepreneurship In The Emirate

A new strategy to create economic and creative free zones in universities across Dubai is poised to propel the emirate's startup sector to new heights and play a significant role in the UAE's future growth as a knowledge and innovation economy, experts have said.

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  • Dubai
  • entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • innovation
  • Startups
  • student entrepreneurs
  • University Free Zones Strategy
  • university students
Part II: The Challenge Of Accessing Talent In Dubai Just Got Easier With Dubai Startup Hub’s Co-Founder Dubai Program
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Part II: The Challenge Of Accessing Talent In Dubai Just Got Easier With Dubai Startup Hub’s Co-Founder Dubai Program

Here's what a set of the first Co-Founder Dubai cohort of entrepreneurs in search of a co-founder have to say about their search for the right partner...

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  • Co-Founder Dubai
  • co-founder search
Want To Spearhead A Startup? These Entrepreneurs In Dubai Startup Hub’s Co-Founder Dubai Program Are Looking For Someone Like You
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Want To Spearhead A Startup? These Entrepreneurs In Dubai Startup Hub’s Co-Founder Dubai Program Are Looking For Someone Like You

Here's what five of the first Co-Founder Dubai cohort of entrepreneurs in search of a co-founder have to say about their search for the right talent.

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  • co-founder
  • Co-Founder Dubai
  • co-founder search
  • Dubai
  • Dubai Startup Hub
Namshi Co-Founder Hosam Arab Steps Down As CEO Of The E-Commerce Enterprise
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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: How Geetanjali Kaul and Sofia Chand Founded TurtleCard
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Co-Founder Dubai Stories: How Geetanjali Kaul and Sofia Chand Founded TurtleCard

A toddler’s mum sharing her frustrations with a close friend one night is how TurtleCard came into being.

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  • co-founder
  • cofounder communication
  • cofounder relationships
  • Dubai Startups
  • mobile application
  • TurtleCard
Co-Founder Dubai Stories: It’s All About Instinct and Ideas, Say WakeCap’s Co-Founders
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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
Follow Your Entrepreneurial Dreams: Full-time Employees In The UAE Can Also Work As Co-Founders Of Startups
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Follow Your Entrepreneurial Dreams: Full-time Employees In The UAE Can Also Work As Co-Founders Of Startups

Wannabe entrepreneurs in the UAE can benefit from changes in the country’s labour system that allows for employees to take on part-time work in addition to their full-time roles, a legal expert has said.

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  • co-founder
  • employee
  • employment
  • labour law
  • part-time work
  • UAE
Stronger Together: The Stories Behind How Some Famous Co-Founders Met
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Stronger Together: The Stories Behind How Some Famous Co-Founders Met

Here's a list of how some co-founders of both famous and upcoming companies came together...

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  • Apple
  • co-founder
  • famous co-founders
  • Google
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Larry Page
  • Mattel
  • Sergey Brin
  • Steve Jobs
  • Steve Wozniack
  • theSkimm
Three Key Company Formation Changes In The UAE That Could Affect You In 2019
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Three Key Company Formation Changes In The UAE That Could Affect You In 2019

As a budding entrepreneur looking to start or grow a company in the UAE, you need to get up to speed with these changes.

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  • company trade license
  • Dubai
  • Dubai Startups
  • licensing
  • opening a bank account
  • Starting a business
  • UAE
Etisalat Information Services Launches ‘Aggregator Of Aggregators’ Mobile App
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Etisalat Information Services Launches ‘Aggregator Of Aggregators’ Mobile App

Etisalat Information Services, a subsidiary of Etisalat Services Holding, is amplifying its hyper-local search engine by launching a next generation aggregator-model through its enhanced Connect.ae mobile application.

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  • connect.ae
  • etisalat
  • innovation
  • mobile application
  • search engine
  • technology
Leading With Your Gut
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Leading With Your Gut

Your gut is an important decision-making tool- so don't dismiss it so quickly when it comes to call and let it lead the way.

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  • bias
  • business decision
  • business leaders
  • decision-making
  • instinct
  • intuition
  • leadership
Cream Of The Crop: Why You Need To Screen Senior Hires For Your Enterprise
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Cream Of The Crop: Why You Need To Screen Senior Hires For Your Enterprise

For businesses to hire with confidence and mitigate employment risk, a consistent level of due diligence should be undertaken for all candidates to verify basic details such as identity, previous employment, and education history.

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  • employee commitment
  • Hiring
  • recruitment
  • talent sourcing
Collaboration Is Key As Old And New Business Models Collide In Traditional Sectors
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Collaboration Is Key As Old And New Business Models Collide In Traditional Sectors

The sharing economy, whilst still in its infancy in the GCC, is rapidly gaining momentum across the region. This growth is an encouraging sign that the region’s investment to become a tech- and innovation-friendly environment is paying off.

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  • AIG
  • collaboration
  • digital disruptions
  • disruptive technology
  • innovation
  • insurance
  • insurance tech
  • insuretech
  • sharing economy
How To Forge More Productive Relationships With Employees
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How To Forge More Productive Relationships With Employees

When we think of work, no matter what the setting is, we almost always think in terms of tasks, projects, and deliverables.

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  • Bayt.com
  • business relationships
  • cofounder communication
  • Communication
  • employee engagement
  • employee morale
  • employee motivation
  • interpersonal relationships
How To Know When It’s Time to Break Up With Your Co-founder
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How To Know When It’s Time to Break Up With Your Co-founder

Partnering with the wrong person can cause things like self-doubt, depression, stress, and anxiety, which can even lead to health problems.

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  • cofounder
  • cofounder communication
  • cofounder relationships
  • Communication
  • company culture
  • long-term vision
Choose Wisely: Your Co-Founder Can Make or Break Your Startup
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Choose Wisely: Your Co-Founder Can Make or Break Your Startup

Some of the world’s most successful companies of our time - Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Procter & Gamble (P&G), Hewlett Packard - have two or more founders.

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  • Airbnb
  • Apple
  • cofounder
  • entrepreneurship
  • Facebook
  • microsoft
  • Startups
Winner Of 3rd Emirati Tech Boot Camp Awarded Free Company Setup And Space at Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Campus
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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
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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
First Of Its Kind Halal Trade And Marketing Center In Dubai To Help Support Islamic Economy Startups
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First Of Its Kind Halal Trade And Marketing Center In Dubai To Help Support Islamic Economy Startups

The establishment of a new Halal Trade and Marketing Centre in Dubai is geared to support global companies, startups, and businesses operating in the Islamic economy, the Director General of […]

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  • Dubai Islamic Economy Development Center
  • Dubai Startups
  • ethical startups
  • halal sector
  • Islamic economy
  • shariah financing
  • Smart Halal
  • Startups
New Startup ‘The Ambassador’ Set To Score The Best Corporate Deals For Entrepreneurs
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New Startup ‘The Ambassador’ Set To Score The Best Corporate Deals For Entrepreneurs

The bigger the transaction and transaction volume, the more important you are to a supplier. But really, it's the smaller, newer folks who most need the bigger break.

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  • budget
  • deals
  • discounts
  • Dubai
  • Dubai Startups
  • The Ambassador
Opportunity Knocks: US-China Trade War Can Open New Doors For SMEs In The UAE
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Opportunity Knocks: US-China Trade War Can Open New Doors For SMEs In The UAE

Closer to home, an Economic Bulletin on the US-China trade war by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce says that the UAE, and some other GCC countries are “very well positioned” to gain a larger market share in the Chinese market for select products on the list such as petrochemicals and polymers, such as polyethylene, polycarbonate and acrylonitrile, along with liquefied propane. The tariffs could also have a positive impact on UAE producers due to higher demand from China. Meanwhile, with the UAE's role as a major transshipment point, the trade war also presents an opportunity for SMEs in the Emirates and wider Middle East region who function as the main importers and re-exporters of Chinese goods.

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  • China
  • international trade
  • trade war
  • UAE
  • US-China trade war
Dubai Startup Hub Networking Series Season Three Begins September 12
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Dubai Startup Hub Networking Series Season Three Begins September 12

Dubai Startup Hub, the entrepreneurship arm of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is all set to launch the third season of its networking series this September. The season begins September 12 and runs till November 28 with 12 exciting speakers lined up to share their best startup stories and insights each week on Wednesday.

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  • Dubai
  • Dubai Startup Hub
  • Dubai Startups
  • networking
MAGNiTT’s MENA Venture Investment Report Notes A Rise In Deal Count In H1 2018
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MAGNiTT’s MENA Venture Investment Report Notes A Rise In Deal Count In H1 2018

MENA startups data platform MAGNiTT has released its MENA Venture Investment Report for the first half (H1) of 2018, which shows a 12% increase in the number of deals in H1 2018 (at 141 investments) up from 125 deals in H1 of 2017.

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  • Funding
  • Investment
  • MAGNiTT
  • MENA
  • State of MENA Funding report
  • UAE
Dubai Startup Hub offers a promising future to startups with its Market Access program
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Dubai Startup Hub offers a promising future to startups with its Market Access program

Other than developing their innovative products and hustling in the startup world to get the attention they deserve, the entrepreneurs of the 21st century have many other things to worry about. Startups, since they are almost always surrounded by other startups, usually forget about the ‘traditional’ corporate world.

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  • Dubai Chamber of Commerce
  • Dubai Startup Hub
  • Dubai Startups
  • innovation
Corporations that Seek Innovation Can Benefit from Dubai Chamber’s Market Access Platform
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Corporations that Seek Innovation Can Benefit from Dubai Chamber’s Market Access Platform

Dubai Startup Hub’s Market Access is a custom-built program for corporations that seek further development and innovation. The Market Access program aims to be the bridge between well-established corporations and promising startups. This is done by identifying the needs of the corporation and then finding a suitable startup in the UAE or the global market that can potentially collaborate with the corporation.

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  • B2B
  • Dubai Startup Hub
  • Dubai Startups
  • entrepreneurship
  • innovation
  • Market Access
Growth Surge: Digital Falcon Doubles In Size After Winning In Dubai Startup Hub’s Market Access Program
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Growth Surge: Digital Falcon Doubles In Size After Winning In Dubai Startup Hub’s Market Access Program

Founded in 2013, UAE-based digital marketing company Digital Falcon Inc., faced the same issues that almost all startups face – a lack of brand awareness, no customer-base, lack of credibility in the market and financing challenges. But fast forward to today and the company has doubled in size over the past year, and seen its annual revenue skyrocket by six figures.

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  • digital consultancy
  • Digital Falcon
  • Digital Marketing
  • Dubai Startup Hub
  • Dubai Startups
  • Market Access
Should You Intern At A Startup Or A Corporate? Here’s Uninand Technologies Founder Ahamed Jameel’s Take
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Should You Intern At A Startup Or A Corporate? Here’s Uninand Technologies Founder Ahamed Jameel’s Take

Dubai-based entrepreneur Ahamed Jameel believes it's important to get out there and work not just at the big names, but also at startups. After all, working in a startup is as close as it gets to learning how to actually found and run one.

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  • customer experience
  • customer feedback
  • Dubai Startups
  • Interns
  • Internships
Governance For Startups: Learn By Doing At Dubai Startup Hub’s Workshop In September
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Governance For Startups: Learn By Doing At Dubai Startup Hub’s Workshop In September

The Dubai Startup Hub - the entrepreneurial support arm of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry - is offering 14 startups in Dubai the opportunity to participate in a board meeting simulation workshop.

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  • Board meetings
  • board of advisors
  • Board of Directors
  • C3P
  • C3Partners
  • corporate governance
  • Dubai Startup Hub
  • governance
  • simulation
  • workshops
Making Change Happen: How Dubai-Based Social Enterprise Evolvin’ Women Is Creating Impact
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Making Change Happen: How Dubai-Based Social Enterprise Evolvin’ Women Is Creating Impact

Allah-Mensah's 12-month placement is part of an initiative by UAE-based social enterprise Evolvin’ Women, which aims to improve the employability of women in developing countries by providing them with education, resources, networks and employment opportunities that would not be otherwise available to them.

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  • Education
  • Evolvin' Women
  • gender inequality
  • hospitality
  • Internships
  • Market Access
  • Social Enterprises
No One Knows You Yet? Advertise on a Budget
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No One Knows You Yet? Advertise on a Budget

The path to success for any start up must include a marketing and advertising communication strategy to drive business.

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  • advertising
  • business development
  • Communication
  • Digital Marketing
  • Digital Media
  • Sales
  • Startups
The Role Of A Board In Building Up Your Business
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The Role Of A Board In Building Up Your Business

For a startup in search of funding, demonstrating how you make your decisions is the key to convincing investors to sign on - and the obvious and most important way to do that is to set up a board.

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  • advisory board
  • Board of Directors
  • boards
  • business decision
  • decision-making
  • Funding
  • Investment
  • investors
  • Startups
The What, Why, And How Of Building Your Startup’s Company Culture
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The What, Why, And How Of Building Your Startup’s Company Culture

Some startups boast that their company culture is the number one reason people should come work for them. Others have grown to 25, maybe even 50, employees and haven’t yet defined their culture. This article is aiming at the latter group, those without a defined company culture, whether your startup is a team of 5 or 50.

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  • Communication
  • company culture
  • diversity
  • Startups
  • talent
  • Talent Management
  • talent sourcing
12 Things You Need To Know To Start A Business In Dubai
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12 Things You Need To Know To Start A Business In Dubai

Dubai is the commercial capital of United Arab Emirates. This “city of gold” provides vast business opportunities and innovative commercial modules for enterprises from around the world. International exposure and […]

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  • approval
  • business
  • business setup
  • DED
  • Dubai
  • Dubai Chamber
  • Dubai Startup Hub
  • entrepreneurs
  • innovation
  • launch
  • licensing
A Boost For Emirati Entrepreneurs: Emirates Development Bank Approves AED50 Million Fund For Startups
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A Boost For Emirati Entrepreneurs: Emirates Development Bank Approves AED50 Million Fund For Startups

A new direct financing program for startups and emerging companies in the UAE has been approved by the board of directors at Emirates Development Bank, with the AED50 million fund […]

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  • Dubai
  • EDB
  • Emirates Development Bank
  • Emirati entrepreneurs
  • entrepreneurs
  • financing
  • Funding
  • funds
  • Startups
  • UAE
Emaar’s innovation lab launches co-working spaces start-up
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Emaar’s innovation lab launches co-working spaces start-up

E25, Emaar’s in-house disruption lab that serves as a platform for aspiring entrepreneurs aged 25 and under to build new startups or work on innovative projects within Emaar, recently launched […]

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Strategizing For Success: Five Tactics Startups Can Use To Grow In Dubai
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Strategizing For Success: Five Tactics Startups Can Use To Grow In Dubai

Starting off a business in Dubai can be seen a daunting task in and of itself- going all the way from getting a license for the particular business that you […]

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  • advertising
  • business
  • business havens
  • customer feedback
  • customers
  • Digital Marketing
  • Dubai
  • entrepreneurs
  • growth hacks
  • local sponsors
  • marketing
Money Matters: How To Fund Your Startup In Dubai
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Money Matters: How To Fund Your Startup In Dubai

You need money to make more money! This statement defines the funding stage of startups perfectly. In fact, any business has money at its core. From the very beginning, it […]

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  • angel investors
  • bank loans
  • banks
  • crowdfunding
  • Dubai
  • Dubai Startup Hub
  • entrepreneurs
  • equity capital
  • Eureeca
  • Funding
  • peer-to-peer
Google Launches Arabic Digital Skills Program ‘Maharat Min Google’ To Nurture MENA Youth
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Google Launches Arabic Digital Skills Program ‘Maharat Min Google’ To Nurture MENA Youth

Google is taking a step towards increasing employability of MENA youth. At an event held at the Youth Hub in Dubai, Google launched Maharat Min Google, a free digital skills-building program in Arabic that will provide access to free courses, tools and in-person training to help the region’s youth prepare for and find jobs, grow their skillsets, or start their own businesses.

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  • Arab World
  • MENA
  • Skill building
  • UAE
  • unemployment
  • youth
A Step-By-Step Guide To Setting Up A Business In Dubai
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A Step-By-Step Guide To Setting Up A Business In Dubai

Are you thinking of starting your business in Dubai? Congratulations, you have chosen one of the best business ecosystems in the world for your new endeavor. Dubai is more than […]

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  • business
  • DED
  • Department of Economic Development
  • Dubai
  • free zone
  • local sponsor
  • mainland
  • registration
  • Startup
Evolvin’ Women’s Assia Riccio On Starting A Social Enterprise (And How Dubai Startup Hub Helped)
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Evolvin’ Women’s Assia Riccio On Starting A Social Enterprise (And How Dubai Startup Hub Helped)

At the 2018 STEP Conference in Dubai, we talked to entrepreneurs who had worked with Dubai Startup Hub, the entrepreneurial support arm of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, to […]

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  • Assia Riccio
  • Dubai
  • Dubai Chamber
  • Dubai Startup Hub
  • Evolvin' Women
  • hospitality
  • Market Access
  • Middle East
  • Startups
  • STEP 2018
  • STEP conference
Grow Your Startup: Three Tips To Help You Boost Your Business
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Grow Your Startup: Three Tips To Help You Boost Your Business

During the early startup phase, successful entrepreneurs found the so-called product-market-fit, where they identified and validated the problem statement, the value of the proposed product, the customers that will buy […]

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  • business
  • customers
  • Dubai Chamber
  • Dubai Startup Hub
  • growth hacks
  • growth strategies
  • Market Access
  • Next Arabia
  • product market fit
  • Startups
A Complete Guide To Make The Right Hiring Decisions For Your UAE Startup
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A Complete Guide To Make The Right Hiring Decisions For Your UAE Startup

With your business growing steadily, you face a challenging decision- is this the right time to hire your first employee? Making an expansion decision can be tough and even confusing. Employing staff too soon can have a costly effect in terms of cash flow problems that can easily drown your business. On the other hand, delaying your decision can result in missed opportunities, either in terms of capitalizing on a growing market or expanding your business.

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  • Decisions
  • Hiring
  • regulations
  • Staffing
  • Startups
  • UAE
A Guide To Incubators, Accelerators And Co-Working Spaces In Dubai That Can Help You Grow Your Startup
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A Guide To Incubators, Accelerators And Co-Working Spaces In Dubai That Can Help You Grow Your Startup

If the decision of becoming an entrepreneur equips you with a certain degree of freedom, it rips you off some basic day-to-day provisions as well. Yes, being an entrepreneur means […]

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  • 1776 Dubai
  • A4 Space
  • Astrolabs
  • DTEC
  • Dubai Future Accelerators
  • Dubai SME
  • Dubai Startup Hub
  • entrepreneurs
  • Fintech Hive
  • Impact Hub
  • in5
The How-To: Licensing Your Business In The UAE
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The How-To: Licensing Your Business In The UAE

Taking that first step and setting up your own business is exciting and challenging at the same time. In the UAE, would-be entrepreneurs often face a number of obstacles before they decide to take the leap. They may worry about the financial investment, the time they will have to dedicate to the business, and they’d also doubt their own success. But once those have been dealt with, entrepreneurs reach the next stage where they are full of energy and want to get started right away, which, in some cases at least, can mean rushing into things without adequate planning, and then having to pay the price when things need to be “fixed” or redone later on.

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  • licenses
  • regulations
  • Starting a business
  • Startups
  • UAE
The How-To: Using A ‘Shadow Conference’ To Strike Deals
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The How-To: Using A ‘Shadow Conference’ To Strike Deals

The end of March marks the sixth annual STEP Conference in Dubai. It’s one of the biggest (and most fun) tech events in the Middle East and North Africa region, but it’s not the conference itself that has so many entrepreneurs excited.You see, there’s a hidden side to conferences- something I like to call a “shadow conference.” It’s in these shadows that bottles pop, deals get inked, and lasting relationships are forged. Shadow conferences are an increasing trend among entrepreneurs, and these side events can be more fruitful than the main attraction. By planning ahead and tapping into your networks, you can unlock a whole new world for your business.

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  • business relationships
  • events
  • networking
  • STEP conference
  • UAE
Identifying Potential: Kushal Shah, Co-Founder, Dubai Angel Investors
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Identifying Potential: Kushal Shah, Co-Founder, Dubai Angel Investors

Since its inception nearly two years ago, DAI has received around 500 deal proposals per year, and ended up closing approximately 10 of those per year, Shah says. The process starts with an interested entrepreneur contacting a member of the DAI’s Investment Committee to review and advise on its application. If given the green light, the startup’s application is submitted to the DAI’s Investment Committee for initial screening and selection, followed by voting on whether the interested startup should be invited to one of DAI’s pitch nights, those are usually held on the second Tuesday of every month.

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  • angel investors
  • Dubai
  • Startups
  • technology
  • UAE
Navigating The Startup Waters: UAE CarSwitch.Com Founders On Getting Most Out Of Each Business Year
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Navigating The Startup Waters: UAE CarSwitch.Com Founders On Getting Most Out Of Each Business Year

As entrepreneurs in a fast growth environment, it is incredibly challenging to keep the ship steered steadily on route, and so we try to keep the full team involved in navigating the waters. Whether our next big aha is the launch of our new cars product, supporting our banking and insurance partners with an ever growing repository of leads, launching our soon to air ‘make an offer’ online feature, or keeping the customer experience in buying and selling cars a breeze, is unclear. But we’re sure to make some headway across the board and double down where need be.

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  • growth strategy
  • mentorship
  • Startups
  • UAE
  • UAE startups
Hacking For Good: UAE Startup VUL9 Wants You (And Your Enterprise) To Be Cyber Resilient
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Hacking For Good: UAE Startup VUL9 Wants You (And Your Enterprise) To Be Cyber Resilient

Launched in July 2016 by CEO Mohamed Amine Belarbi and CTO Mohamed Zakariae El Khdime, the co-founders saw a gap in the market and leveraged their access to stellar talent in security and ethical hacking community groups. “Ethical hackers are a very rare resource, and they tend to have a tendency to dislike bureaucracy, corporate structures, and authority,” says Belarbi. With VUL9, the co-founders cultivated an environment for hackers to “feel free to pursue their passion in a legal and ethical way, and at the same time, not feel as if they were forced to work for a paycheck.”

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  • cybersecurity
  • ethical hacking
  • Startups
  • technology
  • UAE
By The Bootstraps: The Pros And Cons Of Going The Bootstrapped Way
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By The Bootstraps: The Pros And Cons Of Going The Bootstrapped Way

When I started my business in 2001, the startup scene in Dubai, or the whole Middle East for that matter, was not startup friendly.

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  • angel investors
  • bootstrapping
  • business
  • cash flow
  • Communication
  • Dubai
  • freelancer
  • Funding
  • incubators
  • Investment
  • Middle East
FriendyCar Wants To Make Car Sharing Easy (And Efficient)
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FriendyCar Wants To Make Car Sharing Easy (And Efficient)

From electronic and autonomous cars, to hyperloop solutions, the UAE (and the world) has put a heavy emphasis on public transport solutions and the future of mobility.

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  • Abdelrahman Elgamal
  • autonomous cars
  • borrower
  • borrowing and lending
  • business
  • business plan
  • car loans
  • Dtec’s Entrepreneur Day
  • Dubai
  • Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy
  • Dubai Chamber of Commerce
Five Skills Every Dubai Entrepreneur Needs To Develop
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Five Skills Every Dubai Entrepreneur Needs To Develop

Dubai is a global hotspot for startups, buzzing with business activity of every kind. Everything is working to support the entrepreneur in this vibrant city.

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  • advantages
  • assets
  • business
  • buyer switching costs
  • client
  • Communication
  • competition
  • consumption
  • contact
  • costs
  • cross cultural knowledge
Four Things To Do After Incorporating Your Dubai Business
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Four Things To Do After Incorporating Your Dubai Business

So, your Dubai business is off the ground. Well, what next? Because there can be mixed feelings after receiving a UAE company trade license. There is of course excitement because you are committed to becoming a startup entrepreneur, but there is also trepidation with a fear of the unknown, which is understandable.

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  • blog
  • business
  • business address
  • business culture
  • business decision
  • CEO
  • challenges
  • cold calling
  • companies
  • company trade license
  • content
The Top Five Challenges Of Doing Business In Dubai
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The Top Five Challenges Of Doing Business In Dubai

When you’ve lived and worked in Dubai for as long as I have, you would be forgiven for becoming almost desensitized to the rapid acceleration of the city. Barely a week goes by without word of another new development, or murmurings of the next big startup that’s about to break through.

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  • burnout
  • business
  • business relationship
  • cashflow management
  • challenges
  • Communication
  • Concentration
  • CRM
  • cultural awareness
  • cultural dynamics
  • cultural sensitivity
Here’s Why MENA Investors Should Look Closer To Home
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Here’s Why MENA Investors Should Look Closer To Home

For private equity and venture capital investors, emerging markets (EM) have long felt like the Wild West. Many question the model’s success in countries where regulation is low and leverage is hard to come by.

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  • co-investment
  • demographic change
  • diversification
  • economic liberalization
  • emerging markets
  • environmental
  • financial market development
  • funds
  • General Partners
  • goals
  • governance
Setting Up Shop In The UAE: The Role Of A Local Sponsor For Your Enterprise
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Setting Up Shop In The UAE: The Role Of A Local Sponsor For Your Enterprise

Setting up your own business can be complicated at the best of times. Add to that the additional complexities of setting up in a foreign country and the task can feel like a bit of a minefield.

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  • business
  • business activity
  • challenges
  • commercial
  • corporate sponsorship
  • Emirates
  • enterprise
  • Entrepreneur
  • expertise
  • Finance
  • foreign ownership
Setting A Precedent (In The MENA Funding Landscape)
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Setting A Precedent (In The MENA Funding Landscape)

NOW Money, the company I co-founded in 2015, recently raised funding from US venture capital (VC) firms Accion and Newid Capital. NOW Money provides accounts and remittance options to low-income migrant workers in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

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  • Accion
  • Amazon
  • angel investors
  • capital
  • Careem
  • companies
  • entrepreneurs
  • Fetchr
  • Finance
  • fintech startups
  • Funding
MENA Startups Raised $560 Million In Funding Across 260 Deals In 2017, MAGNiTT Report Reveals
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MENA Startups Raised $560 Million In Funding Across 260 Deals In 2017, MAGNiTT Report Reveals

MAGNiTT, a platform that tracks and reports developments in the MENA entrepreneurship space, starts 2018 by taking a look at the year gone by and how it treated the region’s startups.

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  • 2017
  • Careem
  • entrepreneurship
  • Fetchr
  • Food & Beverage
  • Funding
  • Investment
  • Krypto Labs
  • Krypto Labs and 500 Startups
  • Lebanon
  • MAGNiTT
Dubai Chamber’s Essa Al Zaabi On Why You Should Launch Your Startup In Dubai
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Dubai Chamber’s Essa Al Zaabi On Why You Should Launch Your Startup In Dubai

"Believe in your idea, believe in what you want to achieve, and believe that it would be something big in the future."

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  • Dubai
  • Dubai Chamber
  • Dubai Startup Hub
  • entrepreneurs
  • Essa Al Zaabi
  • Inspiration
  • Launch a business
  • Startups
  • UAE
  • United Arab Emirates
Building Your Startup Team: A Guide To Finding The Perfect Hire
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Building Your Startup Team: A Guide To Finding The Perfect Hire

Because smaller companies are always changing, growing, restructuring, and experimenting, they require employees who have the ability to adjust and grow along with the company.

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  • Hiring
  • Startups
  • Team
  • Team-building
Raising Capital In The MENA Region: The How-To
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Raising Capital In The MENA Region: The How-To

Since 2012, Middle East and North Africa venture capitalists have invested about US$12 billion in 523 deals, according to CB Insights.

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  • fund raising
  • Funding
  • seed funding
  • Series A
  • valuations
Aligned For Growth: Dubai Is A Hotbed Of Opportunity For Entrepreneurs
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Aligned For Growth: Dubai Is A Hotbed Of Opportunity For Entrepreneurs

Starting a business is hard work. An environment that’s geared towards making your idea a success will be a huge help, and Dubai and the UAE fit the bill.

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  • business
  • Dubai
  • entrepreneurs
  • opportunities
  • Startups
  • UAE
Five Things You Need To Do For Your Business To Be Successful In The UAE
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Five Things You Need To Do For Your Business To Be Successful In The UAE

This article was originally published on Entrepreneur Middle East. When you see the obvious signs of wealth on display in the UAE, you might be forgiven for thinking that just […]

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  • building a business
  • business relationships
  • Digital Marketing
  • Dubai
  • entrepreneurs
  • excellence
  • expertise
  • innovation
  • networking
  • success
  • UAE
The Do’s And Don’t’s Of Doing Business In Dubai
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The Do’s And Don’t’s Of Doing Business In Dubai

With a flourishing business landscape helped by government incentives and an ease of setting up new enterprises, the city of Dubai is an appealing challenge for the business-minded dreamer.

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  • brands
  • building a business
  • business
  • culture
  • Dubai
  • entrepreneurs
  • landscape
  • Startups
  • statistics
  • UAE
  • United Arab Emirates
Three Tips To Set The Price Point For Your Product Or Service
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Three Tips To Set The Price Point For Your Product Or Service

Setting the price point for your product or service is one of the biggest obstacles to success when starting a business.

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  • pricing
  • product market fit
Rising To The Occasion: Meet The Finalists Of Dubai Smartpreneur Competition 4.0
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Rising To The Occasion: Meet The Finalists Of Dubai Smartpreneur Competition 4.0

The finalists of the Dubai Smartpreneur Competition 4.0 were selected out of more than 250 smart business ideas submitted this year.

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  • Dubai Smartpreneur Competition
  • Dubai Smartpreneur Competition 4.0
  • Enterprise Agility Forum
  • finalists
Dubai’s The Luxury Closet closes $11 million growth funding round, acquires Hong Kong-based Guiltless.com
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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
Be Extraordinary: OmniAthletes Co-Founder Dani Afiouni
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Be Extraordinary: OmniAthletes Co-Founder Dani Afiouni

Entrepreneurial lessons from OmniAthletes co-founder Dani Afiouni.

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  • adventurer challenges
  • Dani Afiouni
  • OmniAthletes
Four Tips On Finding Success As An Entrepreneur In The Automotive Industry
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Four Tips On Finding Success As An Entrepreneur In The Automotive Industry

Look at the automotive segment as a vast field with limitless possibilities- consider spare parts, technical training, maintenance, car care, accessories, and so much more.

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  • automotive industry
  • autonomous cars
  • autonomous driving
  • innovation
  • UAE
We Got Funded: MENA Youth Jobs Portal Oliv Raises US$2 Million
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We Got Funded: MENA Youth Jobs Portal Oliv Raises US$2 Million

The new capital infusion is aimed to improve its tech and expand its network to new markets.

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  • employment
  • Internships
  • InternsME
  • Jean-Michel Gauthier
  • Oliv
  • Youth empowerment