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Dr Karim El Solh, co-founder and CEO, Gulf Capital

Top UAE SMEs show resilience with 100pc CAGR growth

DUBAI, July 23, 2018

The finalists of the 2018 Gulf Capital SME Awards reported a two-year compounded annual growth rate of 100 per cent, underscoring the resilience of small businesses in the UAE amidst challenging economic times.

A total of 97 finalists have been shortlisted this year, with 11 per cent increase in entries compared to 2017, highlighting another banner edition of MEED’s awards programme that recognises success, innovation and growth in the SME sector in the Emirates, said a statement.

John Emmerson, director, SME Awards, MEED, a leading business intelligence provider in the Middle East, said: “Every year we are astounded at the quality of the entries we receive, which makes it more difficult to shortlist and then pick winners - this is a testament to the vibrancy of the SME sector in the UAE and that it continues to be a core driver for growth in this country.”

Equally impressive, the finalists reported a combined turnover of Dh1.3 billion ($353.91 million) last year which shows small businesses continue to be a key pillar of the UAE’s development, it said.

Dr Karim El Solh, co-founder and CEO of Gulf Capital, one of the largest alternative asset management firms in the Middle East and the headline sponsor of the awards, said: “These numbers without a doubt prove that the UAE has put in place very strong fundamentals to support the growth of the SME sector in the Emirates.”

“More and more small businesses are reporting remarkable growth, and this awards programme which we have been supporting for the last six years have put the spotlight on entrepreneurs and business leaders who are making a difference by innovating and pursuing new avenues of growth that contribute to the dynamism of the economy,” he added.

The finalists are competing in 16 award categories, including B2B Small Business of the Year (above Dh15 million ($4.08 million), B2B Small Business of the Year (below Dh15 million), B2C Small Business of the Year, Business Innovation of the Year, Customer Focus of the Year, Digital Business of the Year, Disruption of the Year, Micro Business of the Year, People and Culture of the Year, Start-up Business of the Year and Sustainable Business of the Year, said a statement.

Supporting the UAE government’s entrepreneurial drive, the awards programme also honours outstanding business by its citizens with the Emirati Business of the Year awards. Three individual trophies will be given to the Entrepreneur of the Year, Business Leader of the Year and the New Entrepreneur of the Year.

The highly sought-after Gulf Capital Business of the Year award is being contested by Bin Touq Transport, Bizx Trading, Emitech Technical Services, FLC Marketing, Himatrix Middle East, Lunatus, Phanes Group, Spatial Composite Solutions, Tablix Technology, Time Hotel, Tour Dubai 1 Floating Restaurant and yallacompare.

MEED’s SME awards programme is supported by endorsing partners Dubai SME and the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development; as well as Gulf Capital and Virtuzone as sponsors.

The full list of finalists is available online at The shortlisted SMEs will go through another round of evaluation by the judging panel after which the final set of winners will be announced on September 26, at Ritz Carlton DIFC, in Dubai, UAE, it stated. – TradeArabia News Service

Tags: | UAE | SMEs | growth | CAGR |

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