Dubai began modernization efforts in the mid-1990s that allowed it to achieve its current status as a global city. But this oasis in the desert is a lot more than luxury shopping, ultra-modern architecture and a lively nightlife scene—the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) also plays host to a burgeoning tech startup ecosystem.
Dubai’s low taxes and strategic position as a crossroads city in the Middle East make it an ideal location for launching new products and services. The following are 13 tech startups from Dubai you need to know about in 2016.
Wassel is the CrunchBase of the Middle East—the platform connect entrepreneurs to other innovators and investors with its extensive directory.
Fetchr allows for deliveries throughout Dubai without the need of a physical address—instead, the service uses your phone’s GPS coordinates.
Namshi is the Gulf’s number one fashion destination and the most visited fashion website in the region—the service offers free deliveries, hundreds of brands, and great customer service.
HolidayMe offers customized travel solutions to users across the Middle East. The website and app feature access to over 100,000 hotels and 8,000-plus activities—with airport pick-up/drop-off available across 300 cities globally.
Want to get a new guitar or keyboard and pay for it later? Feesheh allows you to purchase any musical instrument or pro-audio gear with the option to pay upon delivery to your doorstep in Dubai.
InternsME is the first video CV internship portal in the Middle East. The company also offers training and skill building activities that bridge the gap between education and employment.
JadoPado is a global marketplace for buying and selling new, used and refurbished stuff. The streamlined offering is easy-to-use and features an astonishing array of categories.
Nabbesh.com is an online work portal that allows talented professionals to showcase their skills for finding the perfect job. The solution is one of the region’s premier resources for connecting ideal candidates to local and global businesses.
el Grocer is an online grocery ordering app that allows users to shop from nearby groceries at in-store prices, with orders delivered to your home or office in 60 minutes or less.
HeyDoc! is a platform that connects patients to medical consultants from the privacy of a mobile app. The service costs between $25 and $60 and includes 12 hour of communications with a physician.
Bridg is a mobile payment platform that allows smartphones to accept payments regardless of connectivity.—the solution only requires Bluetooth to operate.
Careem’s mobile app allows users to book a personal cab of their choice and track their rides in real time. The service also features monthly invoicing and the ability to schedule rides for later pickup.
Taka Solutions is an engineering technology firm that develops comprehensive energy solutions for improving energy/water efficiency and reducing carbon emissions using a paid-from-savings business model.
The startup scene in Dubai is still young, but the region’s innovative ideas have already begun to gain prominence globally. Supported by government initiatives and local VCs, tech ventures such as the preceding 13 startups are well-positioned to go head-to-head with the best and brightest from Silicon Valley.