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Abu Dhabi introduces Dhs1,000 cap for tourism business licences

The revised fee structure is applicable to tourism business licences starting this month

Abu Dhabi

Khalifa Fund partners with eBay to support Abu Dhabi-based SMEs

eBay is the latest partner to join Khalifa Fund’s e-Empower initiative

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The role of SMEs in boosting the trade relationship between Brazil and the UAE

Small businesses account for 99 per cent of all enterprises in Brazil and 95 per cent of private sector companies in the UAE

Healthy prospects: Why Emirati entrepreneur Mahmoud Bartawi is launching a new startup

UAE-based startup Mealzap is on a mission to reach all those embarking on the journey towards a healthier lifestyle, says its CEO and co-founder Mahmoud Bartawi

SME Revival case study: Dubai’s Finyal Media on its expansion plans

The podcast network creates content for young Arabs across the MENA region

Understanding mainland vs freezone company setup options in the UAE

An investor’s guide to the advantages and challenges to expect when choosing to setup either a freezone or mainland company

The SME Story: Ibtissam Ouassif, co-founder of Cashew Payments

The buy now pay later platform has already received $13.5m of funding in its pre-series A round

Emirati employee

Emirati members of Dubai SME to get up to seven-year exemption on licence fee

The fee exemption applies to registered Emirati members who have not completed the five-year period

Gaurav Biswas, founder and CEO, TruKKer

How TruKKer plans to expand rapidly within the MENA region

Saudi logistics and technology startup TruKKer launched operations in four additional markets in a single month – and there’s more to come. Founder and CEO Gaurav Biswas shares his vision

Emirati employee

Why entrepreneurship education is vital for the region

Experiential learning journeys, collaborations at a university level and even the private sector, all have a role in educating the next generation of entrepreneurs

Christiane Nasr Bowery

The SME Story: Christiane Nasr, founder of The Bowery Company

Nasr is taking her online store of furniture and home accessories and expanding it into one that now has a physical presence in Dubai

The SME Story: Sandeep Shetty, co-founder of NorthLadder

NorthLadder is a rapidly expanding secondhand online marketplace for pre-owned luxury goods

Mohamed Al Fayed, Co-founder and CEO of GrubTech

The SME Story: Mohamed Al Fayed, co-founder and CEO of GrubTech

GrubTech is a digital platform transforming the restaurant and cloud kitchen business in the region

Expo 2020 Dubai

How the Expo is boosting the UAE’s SME landscape

Here’s how SMEs can leverage the global spotlight and influx of capital that Expo 2020 Dubai will attract in abundance

Dubai SME

Fourth edition of Dubai SME 100 programme launched

It ranks the top 100 SMEs in Dubai based on their performance

Emirates Development Bank

UAE’s Emirates Development Bank partners with YAP to launch business banking app for SMEs

The EDB Business Banking app is free to open and has no minimum balance criteria

US-based 500 Startups closes largest fund to date

Firm expands strategy beyond accelerator and seed investments, doubles down on global thesis

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UAE’s Mashreq Bank signs MoU with DAFZA to boost SME growth

DAFZA companies will also be given priority access to digital banking services through Mashreq’s NEOBiz platform, where they will be able to open instant accounts

SupplyMe Igor Nikolenko

The SME Story: Igor Nikolenko, co-founder and CEO of SupplyMe

SupplyMe is a B2B marketplace that connects local food suppliers with foodservice businesses

SME Revival case study: Dubai’s Cobbler on plans ahead

The Cobbler saw increased B2B engagement following the SME Revival campaign

The SME Story: Emanuel Brendarou, founder and CEO of Terrasuya

Terrasuya’s offerings include handcrafted earrings, bracelets and necklaces at an affordable price point

The SME Story: Rami Darwish, founder and CEO of Arrow Labs

Arrow Labs offers digital tools to empower deskless frontline workers with technology to increase their productivity

How innovative entrepreneurs are seeking to change the world

The time is ripe for young entrepreneurs to innovative and bring about change

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The SME Story: Fadi Ghaly, CEO and founder of Count’d

Dubai-based healthy meal subscription app Count’d has plans to expand into Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain next year

Jad Antoun

The SME Story: Jad Antoun, CEO and co-founder of Huspy 

UAE-based proptech startup Huspy has generated over $250m in annualised gross merchandise value and completed over 300 transactions

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The SME Story: Riwa Khan, founder of Majama

Dubai-based Majama produces vegan and gluten-free desserts with ambitious plans to expand further into the GCC markets

Mashreq Bank Emirates Development Bank

Emirates Development Bank inks MoU with Mashreq for SME credit guarantee programmes

Mashreq will offer financing of up to Dhs10m to SME customers, of which 50 per cent will be guaranteed or co-lent by EDB

Ajman Free Zone

RAKBANK agrees MoU with Ajman Free Zone for SME financing

RAKBANK will offer SMEs and larger businesses based in free zone easy access to account opening services, loans, and credit facilities

Emir Tumen, founder of Decosouq

The SME Story: Emir Tumen, founder of Decosouq

Decosouq is a dedicated e-commerce marketplace for pre-owned furniture that recently entered the UAE market

Dubai Emirates SME

Dubai’s Emirates offers SMEs bonus points equivalent to return economy ticket

The incentive is available to SME who sign up to Emirates’ Business Rewards corporate loyalty programme from June 27-July 27, 2021