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The most avail­able skill sets – ap­prox­i­mately one half - are the more tra­di­tional busi­ness skills. Mar­ket­ing, me­dia, and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills rank as the most avail­able at 55%. As skills be­gin to re­quire more tech­ni­cal based knowl­edge they be­gin to dis­play a lower preva­lence, such as de­vel­op­ment and cod­ing (11%), prod­uct de­sign (7%), data and an­a­lyt­ics (2%).

Sarwa is the UAE’S first hy­brid au­to­mated in­vest­ment man­age­ment plat­form for young pro­fes­sion­als in the Mid­dle East that com­bines in­vest­ment strate­gies and tech­nol­ogy in or­der to get di­verse, highly per­son­al­ized in­vest­ment port­fo­lios. Peo­ple seek­ing to delve into the world of fi­nance can eas­ily sign up, state their per­sonal fi­nan­cial goals, and re­ceive a per­son­al­ized port­fo­lio based on what kind of in­vestor the cus­tomer is, their fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion, and their risk pro­file. The plat­form has a clean and sim­ple in­ter­face for peo­ple to track their in­vest­ments and re­ceive re­ports on the growth of their port­fo­lios, and even fea­tures ad­vi­sors that can of­fer per­sonal ad­vice for any ques­tions or con­cerns. Founded by Mark Chah­wan and Jad Sayegh, Sarwa was one of two Dubaibased star­tups that were cho­sen, along with 10 other star­tups from around the world, to be part of the Dubai In­ter­na­tional Fi­nan­cial Centre’s Fin­tech Hive Ac­cel­er­a­tor. Chah­wan and Sayegh have stated they have raised funds through in­vestors and cap­i­tal ven­ture firms and are hop­ing to gain more in­vestors in hopes of reach­ing the mass mar­ket. Coun­try: UAE Launched: 2016 Cat­e­gory: Fin­tech

Founded by Ah­mad al Rawi, Malaeb is a Bahraini app for avid foot­ball play­ers. Launched a year ago, Malaeb (Ara­bic for sta­dium) is an app that helps foot­ball en­thu­si­asts find and book foot­ball fields for matches and prac­tices. The app also al­lows users to join matches in their lo­cal neigh­bor­hoods, form teams, and in­ter­act with other foot­ball en­thu­si­asts via the app.

With an es­ti­mated 3.5 bil­lion fans around the world, foot­ball is the world’s most pop­u­lar sport. Although there are sim­i­lar apps in Bri­tain and Ire­land, Malaeb is the first of its kind in the MENA re­gion. At Arab­net Kuwait, CEO Omar Chris­tidis shared news about Malaeb’s first seed in­vest­ment of $100K by Saudibased VCS and 500 star­tups. The app is cur­rently avail­able on both IOS and An­droid and so far in­cludes 30 foot­ball fields across Bahrain. Malaeb’s CEO has men­tioned that the app will ex­pand to Saudi Ara­bia in the near fu­ture.

Co-founded by Naser Al-qatami and Mo­hammed Alk­hazal, Orddr is the first B2B plat­form for the food in­dus­try in Kuwait. The plat­form con­nects food sup­pli­ers to ho­tels, restau­rants, cafes, and com­mer­cial buy­ers with the ul­ti­mate goal of help­ing busi­nesses on both sides to cut costs.

Orddr helps restau­rants and small busi­nesses side-step any sup­pli­ers that might be run­ning a mo­nop­oly to find smaller sup­pli­ers or sup­pli­ers that have a cer­tain niche, and can lit­er­ally help them con­nect with an en­tire sup­ply chain. For sup­pli­ers, the ben­e­fits are im­mense; they can ad­ver­tise bulk prices, give quo­ta­tions to buy­ers, post pho­tos of their prod­ucts, re­ceive pay­ments, and track re­ports and re­ceive feed­back.

So far Orddr is only avail­able in Kuwait, but big things are on the horizon as they won this year’s Arab­net Kuwait’s Startup bat­tle, beat­ing 4 other Kuwaiti star­tups.

from an­gel in­vestors which will go to­wards ex­pand­ing their on­line reach and bring­ing more pro­fes­sion­als on board. Although there are star­tups in the GCC like Nab­nee or Le­banon’s Mood­fit that Saudi-based Food­ics is a cloud-based ipad POS and restau­rant man­age­ment sys­tem for trans­ac­tions, in­ven­to­ry­keep­ing, em­ployee sched­ul­ing, loy­alty pro­grams and e-com­merce. The startup also helps cut costs as the startup sells both the hard­ware and of­fers cus­tomer ser­vice, and is also unique in that it is done in Ara­bic, giv­ing it a huge ad­van­tage also con­nect home­own­ers to de­sign­ers, Dar­pe­dia con­nects peo­ple that work on all as­pects of home de­sign and also fea­tures a wide cat­a­logue of dif­fer­ent de­sign styles to choose from. Coun­try: Jor­dan Launched: 2017 Cat­e­gory: In­te­rior de­sign

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