Zaina& Ra­nia Kanaan

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Founders of Char­i­cy­cles


We run a cus­tom de­signed bi­cy­cle com­pany called Char­i­cy­cles. To re­duce waste, we sal­vage bi­cy­cle frames from Ja­panese land­fills and give them a new lease of life. Every Char­i­cy­cle sold con­trib­utes to do­nat­ing a bi­cy­cle for chil­dren in refugee camps around the MENA re­gion.

Our­mile­stone mo­ment

A ma­jor mo­ment was the first time we saw a ran­dom Char­i­cy­cle on the street. We were sit­ting in a Ca­reem at the traf­fic light in Dubai Ma­rina and looked up to see some­one com­mut­ing on a Mint Mac­a­roon Char­i­cy­cle. We teared up!


We are try­ing to cre­ate more aware­ness about up­cy­cling through run­ning work­shops on how to up­cy­cle dif­fer­ent things like bi­cy­cles, glass bot­tles, and clothes. But our next big thing is cre­at­ing an elec­tric ver­sion of our Char­i­cy­cles and en­ter­ing the EU mar­ket.

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