Last April, the World Economic Forum partnered with the Bahrain Economic Development Council to select the 100 Arab start-ups that are shaping the fourth industrial revolution through technology. Focus on some of them to be followed in 2019.
Derq – United Arab Emirates
Based in Dubai and Detroit, Derq, founded in 2016 by three co-founders, Georges Aoude, Karl Jeanbart and Amer Abufadel, is dedicated to making the world’s roads safer. A true spin-off of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Derq uses artificial intelligence and driver assistance technology to eliminate road accidents caused by both conventional and autonomous vehicles.
Falcon Viz – Saudi Arabia
Created in 2015 from the advanced technology of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), FalconViz specializes in 3D surveying and mapping using unmanned aerial systems. The Saudi company, which has major customers such as Saudi Aramco, AECOM, Hyder and the municipality of Jeddah, designs and manufactures drones. Today, its services are useful in many fields such as construction, real estate, topographical surveys, corridor surveys and urban planning.
Opensooq – Jordanhttps://ae.opensooq.com/ar
After 6 years of existence, the Jordanian OpenSooq platform has become the leader in online classified ads in Arabic. Using a computer, smartphone or tablet, OpenSooq allows consumers from the MENA region to exchange goods, products and services. A true online market, OpenSooq has accumulated more than a billion page views since its creation and intends to continue to expand its presence in the Middle East in the coming years.
SWVL – Egypt
Noting an increasing number of cars on Egyptian streets, Mostafa Kandil, Mahmoud Nouh and Ahmed Sabbah founded SWVL in 2017, a high-end public transport system that provides public transport to all parts of Cairo. Via the application, each person can share a trip in a van or bus, in the morning or in the evening, for a fixed flat rate free of any surcharges. Since its inception, the founders have estimated that an average of 100,000 trips are made per month to Cairo and Alexandria.
GetBaqala – Bahrain
The GetBaqala adventure began in 2016. Its founders, Amjad Puliyali and Aboobacker Shinan, have the idea of creating an online grocery delivery platform that would allow anyone to order a wide range of fresh products from home or work. With a few clicks, you can order, choose your delivery time and have it delivered within two hours.