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Forbes Middle East Brings Together Startups And Investors Under One Roof
(2 October 2017)
The U.A.E. is the country with the most startups


Forbes Middle East has unveiled the region’s most successful and most promising startups at an exclusive event attended by over 200 delegates. The platform brought together the Arab world’s most creative and exciting entrepreneurs, as well as its most active investors, to meet, network, share their knowledge and discuss their futures.

Khuloud Al Omian, Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Middle East said, “An active and vibrant startup eco system is the backbone of growing economies of the Arab world. Our listings have revealed an interesting aspect of how various nationalities, investors, and entrepreneurs are driving growth across startup space in the Arab world.”  

The three rankings comprise 100 Startups in the Arab World, 50 Startups to Watch and 50 Most Active Investors. Total funding received by startups was $1 billion with standalone investment of $571 million in Careem.  The U.A.E. also has the largest number of startups in the region and the most active investors, followed by Saudi Arabia.

The event was hosted by Forbes Middle East with the support of Al Tayyar Travel Group, one of the largest travel and tourism companies in the region, Lulu International Exchange, the leading global foreign exchange, and money remittance enterprise. Skyline University one of the leading universities in the Northern Emirates offering high-quality education, 360VUZ- the #1 360 Live Videos and Virtual Reality Mobile App in the region for exclusive events, master classes and experiences. And B4U Aflam, a leading Bollywood entertainment channel, customized in the Arabic language for its Arab audiences in KSA and across the MENA region. 

Top 10 Startups in the Arab World

1.      Fetchr

2.      Anghami

3.      HolidayMe

4.      PayTabs

5.      Vezeeta

6.      The Luxury Closet

7.      Yamsafer

8.      Mumzworld

9.      yallacompare

10.  ArabiaWeather

Top 5 Startups to Watch

1.      UrbanBuz

2.      Boxit

3.      SocialDice

4.      Hello World Kids

5.      Helpling Middle East

Top 5 Most Active Investors

1.      Wamda Capital

2.      MEVP

3.      RAED Ventures

4.      Mena Venture Investments

5.      Arzan VC

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