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Nadim Habr, Founder & CEO of Designhubz

From a Mercedes-Benz engineer to Founder & CEO of Designhubz, we caught up with Nadim Habr, who is transforming shopping with an augmented reality (AR) enabled try-on experience and powerful AI personalization engine that boosts buying confidence, drastically reducing returns.

What did you do before becoming an entrepreneur? What inspired you to switch?
I started my career as an engineer for Mercedes-Benz before founding Designhubz. I was always passionate about learning and exploring the tech ecosystem, using innovative solutions to solve real-world problems — which eventually inspired me to become an entrepreneur.

What inspired the idea behind Designhubz? Designhubz started…


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Suna Zoabi-Othman, CEO & Founder of Tawazon

We had the opportunity to speak to Suna Zoabi-Othman, Founder and CEO of Tawazon — a mobile application that provides personalized guided meditation techniques in Arabic to reduce stress, stimulate relaxation and induce deep sleep. Tawazon consists of a vast, integrated library of body-guided meditative techniques to choose from. Created with the help of mental health professionals, the app incorporates AI technology to curate the most effective meditations for an individual based on the dominant emotions they feel.

Suna speaks to us about her experience starting up in Abu Dhabi and the importance of meditation and wellness in the current…


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Abdulla Almoayed, Founder & CEO of Tarabut Gateway

Abdulla Almoayed shares his aspirations for open banking and how he plans to use his learnings over the past year as a foundation for the company’s growth strategy.

Tell us about your company and how you started.

As a technologist at heart, I’ve always been fascinated by the way technology can transform economies. Back in 2017, as part of my role as CEO of Almoayed Technologies, we were investing heavily in large-scale infrastructure projects aimed at accelerating the MENA region’s digital transformation. …


The FinTech firm is developing its own technology to process transactions as it rolls out digital prepaid cards

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Omar Onsi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NymCard

When Omar Onsi launched his payments processor company NymCard, he already had a wealth of experience in navigating the tricky world of entrepreneurship. As a serial entrepreneur, he built companies from scratch, scaled them successfully and even experienced disruption along the way.

“I love business, I love selling things, I love building things,” says Mr Onsi, who before NymCard founded other major telecommunication start-ups, including a Skype-like voice over internet protocol company called Nymgo.

The idea of NymCard came when Mr Onsi…


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Reem Al Junaibi, Community & Operations, Hub71

Coming from an extensive technology research background, both in UAE and the U.S., what have you brought to your role as part of Hub71’s Operations and Community team?

My research background gave me exposure to advanced technologies and provided an opportunity to see firsthand how technology is changing not only industries but also the workforce. I became more passionate about these changes, especially in the workplace, and how they translate into real-word opportunities.

I see this emerging in the UAE, especially because of our ecosystem, and the higher education institutions that focus on science and technology. …


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Hanan Harhara Al Yafei, CEO of Hub71

Businesswoman, entrepreneur, and “youth enabler” Hanan Harhara Al Yafei is CEO of one of the world’s most vibrant tech ecosystems, Hub71, located in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The relatively young Emirati has achieved the kind of career most people dream of, yet it’s enabling startups and encouraging others that keeps her motivated.

Why do tech startups matter so much to the wider Abu Dhabi economy?

Abu Dhabi is going through a rapid digital transformation that has been accelerated further by the implications of COVID-19 on businesses. The global pandemic underscored the importance of embedding technology and innovation to redefine industries for the greater good of our society. …


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Kamkalima team

Hear from Siroun Shamigian, Co-Founder & CEO of Kamkalima on what inspired her to swap teaching in a classroom for the world of entrepreneurship, and what she has learned along the way.

What did you do before becoming an entrepreneur? What inspired you to switch? Before founding Kamkalima, I worked in K-12 schools primarily as a Biology teacher and EdTech coordinator for more than 20 years. During my experience as an EdTech leader and trainer, I was not able to provide support to teachers in the Arabic department due to the lack of relevant resources and online platforms that engage…


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Ahmad Alwan, Head of Strategy and Corporate Development at Hub71

Interview with Ahmad Alwan, Head of Strategy and Corporate Development at Hub71.

  1. Based on your previous experience at Abu Dhabi Catalyst Partners, what have you brought to your role as Head of Strategy & Corporate Development at Hub71? There are many experiences I could draw upon but above all, understanding what it takes to build a business from the ground up has been key. I joined Abu Dhabi Catalyst Partners in its early stages as part of the team that set up the initiative from scratch. This involved building a strategy that served as a guide for our plans and…

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Jose Rubinger Filho Co-founder & CCO of Key2enable

Meet José — Co-Founder & CCO of Key2enable, one of three startups chosen to represent Team UAE at this year’s Entrepreneurship World Cup. Innovating in digital accessibility, startup company KeyeEnable empowers people with disabilities to develop their skills and individualities.

What did you do before becoming an entrepreneur? What inspired you to switch?

Actually, I became an entrepreneur at 17 years old and by taking such a huge risk, I have no regrets. My parents were poor, and this motivated me to work for myself. The overall experience of being an entrepreneur has taken me through ups and downs, but I always enjoy trying to build the best solutions for the biggest challenges…


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Ronaldo Cohin, CEO of Jade Autism

Meet Ronaldo — CEO of Jade Autism, one of three startups chosen to represent Team UAE at this year’s Entrepreneurship World Cup. Jade develops gamified therapeutic solutions for children and adolescents with cognitive disabilities — read on to learn about the importance of business mentorship for the startup community and more.

What did you do before becoming an entrepreneur? What inspired you to switch?

Upon graduating in Business Administration, I ventured into the music entertainment business for ten years, where I established a music label in Brazil and a relatively well-known band known as Rajar.

In 2013, my son Lucas was born and at the age of two, he was diagnosed with autism…

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