Dubai has witnessed a significant increase in the number of startups these past few years. With the Middle East startup ecosystem growing at such a rapid pace, SutraHR, in association with Betaout, decided to list the top 30 startups in Dubai. Dubai has made immense progress in every field. And these startups have surely contributed with their unique ideas and concepts.
Founders - Faraz Khalid, Hisham Zarka, Hosam Arab.
Namshi is an online retail store based in Dubai. They cater to a crowd of 20-somethings with a fresh taste in fashion. Their clothes are designed for an aesthetically pleasing look with the latest trends in apparel.
Founder - Mudassir Sheikha.
Careem is an app-based chauffeur driven cab booking service available in Dubai and other Emirates. Careem offers multiple payment methods including cash. They’re available 24*7 and customers can choose to book a cab immediately or prebook a cab for later.
Founders - Jean-Michel Gauthier, Elizabeth Zeibari.
InternsME is an online video resume career portal for internships and entry-level jobs. They mainly focus on undergraduates and fresh graduates. This startup helps you filter and find relevant internships/entry-level jobs without having to compete with experienced job-hunters.
Founder - Talal Bayaa.
Founders - Fares Nimri, Sari Issa.
CamelShip is a website for comparing prices and booking parcel/courier deliveries at discounted rates. They’re partners with Aramex, Skynet, and Parzel. Customers can ship to any country across the globe.
Founder - Faisel Bashir, Heba El Daleel.
Fittpass is a unique startup to stay fit wherever you are, with any type of workout of your choice, at your convenience. You can look for facilities around you, select the type of pass you want (daily or membership), and voila!
Founder - Damian Brennan.
Nutrition Souq is an online health and fitness store. They have weight loss products, protein bars, sport supplements and much more available for purchase. Nutrition Souq is heaven for fitness freaks in Dubai.
Founder - Morad Irsane, Sharene Lee.
Melltoo is an online service that helps people buy and sell preowned products. You can list your ad online for free. Melltoo has an Android and iOS app available for download. You can purchase anything from cars to electronics to fashion.
Founder - Bader Al Kalooti.
Laundrybox is a local 24/7 hassle free laundry service. You can apply online, at their locker kiosk, or use their mobile app. Once you drop off your laundry, Laundrybox picks it up the next day and delivers your clean laundry on the same day.
Founder - Ismail Issa.
Tarifah is an app-based customer engagement platform. This Dubai-based startup provides personalized tools to engage and acquire customers; it also provides personalized offers to customers based on their location.
Founder - Edmond Husseini, Subhi Farah.
Kanari is a cloud-based service that helps brands manage their customer feedback across all digital platforms. This Dubai-based startup uses mobile surveys and analytics to help their clients measure customer satisfaction.
Founder - Avin Shahani.
ClassDive is a great way to stay fit without getting bored. Members can keep switching up their gyms and workout activities as they please. You can visit a studio thrice every month.
Founder - Rashid Alabbar.
Sivvi is Dubai’s ultimate online fashion destination. They also have an app available to download on iOS and Android in the app store. Sivvi covers all categories from clothing to footwear, jewellery to sportswear, from bags to accessories for men as well as women.
Founder - William Shu, Greg Orlowski.
Deliveroo is an app for ordering takeaway food from high-end restaurants around you. They quickly deliver the food to your home, office, or whichever address you provide.
Founder - Charlotte Perret.
Kitabox is an ingenious new startup aimed at making children avid readers from a very young age. They offer quarterly/half-yearly/annual subscriptions for receiving interesting books and fun surprises every month.
18) Lunch ON
Founder - Mohammad Al Zaben, Dana Baki.
This Dubai-based startup is for the office-goers. Lunch ON handles your lunchtime woes so you can be free from those daily hassles. They send you a daily changing menu from nearby restaurants, all you need to do is book your order.
Founder - Ronaldo Mouchawar.
Souq is your one-stop solution to all your shopping needs in Dubai. From beauty to eyewear, apparel to innerwear, electronics to home appliances - you name it, they have it!
Founder - Ahmad Khamis.
Bloovo is an online job portal. Users can look up job openings based on their specific positions and locations. Companies can also look up job hunters on the website. This startup also provides a free trial.
Founder - Mai Medhat, Nihal Fares.
Eventtus is a networking app to find the best social events happening around you. You can stay up to date with all the events by receiving live announcements. Have a happening life!
Founders - Mona Ataya, Bader Ataya, Michael Ghandour.
Mumzworld is an online store for parents to meet all their childcare needs. From a nappy for your newborn to toys for your child, this UAE-based startup has it all. Mumzworld is the answer to all your motherhood needs.
Founder - Simon Hudson, Hicham Elzabadani.
Brndstr is a tech and content marketing platform. They offer innovative tech solutions to brands and their engineers also develop the technology for your brand.
Founder - Khalid Al-Jaaidi, Heloise Andrade.
Vidium is a team of imaginative animators, writers, and videographers from different sectors of the multimedia industry. They create broadcast commercials, educational, marketing, and tutorial videos to name a few.
Founder - Ravi Bhusari, Derv Rao, Brian Sigafoos.
Duplays is a Dubai-based sport and social club. They’re one of the largest social and sports clubs in the world. They aim to connect people over sports and help them socialize in a fun way.
Founder - Idriss Al Rifai.
This UAE-based startup is your personal pickup and drop service, but for your goods. Forgot your files at home? Left your keys at work? Fetchr will fetch it for you! They’ll also collect and deliver cash in case you want to buy or sell stuff.
Founder - Louay Al Kadri, Ali Koubaissy, Walid Singer, Karim Muhtar.
Presella is an e-ticketing platform for event organizers/managers. Users can plan events and choose to set up minimum ticket sale goals to be promoted on the website. People can look up events happening nearby and purchase tickets online.
We have listed out the startups based on:
Traction: How well these top Dubai startups are receiving a market validation for its business model. Basically, how well the consumers are taking to the product/service.
Potential Market: How big is the market share for the respective product/service. Will the product be welcomed with wide arms in the market or will it be just another not-so-great product.
Pedigree of the Team: The background and professional credentials of the startup's team members. Many of these listed startups are alumni of prestigious institutes and past employees of multinational companies as well as professionals with a rich experience in the field.
Scalability: Even if the initial idea of the product/service is extraordinary, is there a chance for the business to grow? These startups have shown great potential and many have also received funding, while others are not so far behind in line.
Execution: Ideas are easy. It's the execution of ideas that really separates the men from the boys. A really great team finds its happiness in execution because it is more likely to succeed than one which focuses just on ideas.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Betaout
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