Dubai Soars to Number Eight Amongst Global Financial Powerhouses

· Dubai recognised as a top ten financial centre in Global Financial Centres Index for its role in contributing to the development of the regional economy and identifying new pathways to boost the financial technology sector

· Dubai’s steady ascent in rankings driven by Dubai International Financial Centre’s remarkable success in building an ecosystem that fosters financial industry growth

· Latest testament to the Centre’s dynamic and robust ecosystem which continues to disrupt the financial innovation sector and deliver exponential growth 

Dubai has risen up the ranks of the Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI) to number eight position, representing its highest ever ranking.

The city is the only financial centre within MEASA to appear within the top 10 rankings, placing it alongside other pivotal financial hubs such as London, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Dubai was most recently placed number 12 within the Index in March 2019 and has consistently risen within the rankings, since the Index was launched 12 years ago.   Dubai has moved up 17 places since first appearing in 25th place in the inaugural report in 2007, and the latest placement represents an increase of seven GFCI rating points compared to March 2019.

HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and President of DIFC said: “The city’s steady ascent in rankings has been driven by DIFC’s remarkable success in building an ecosystem that fosters financial industry growth. DIFC is one of the key initiatives at the forefront of Dubai’s new phase of growth and its efforts to create a business and investment environment that rivals the world’s best.

“In line with the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai will further increase its commitment to supporting the financial industry and making the city a leading player in shaping the future of the global financial landscape.

“Our sights are set firmly on the goal of becoming the No. 1 ranked global financial centre. We will also continue to work closely with the industry to help them deliver value and find new opportunities for growth.”

His Excellency Essa Kazim, Governor of DIFC said: “The DIFC has been a pioneer within the financial services industry since its inception in 2004 and continues to gain global recognition as an economic powerhouse and pivotal business hub.The financial sector is a cornerstone of the UAE’s economy and the DIFC is a magnet for global investment, and the central hub for international trade.

“Accelerating the growth of Dubai’s financial sector is a key priority, aligned with the Fifty-Year Charter set out by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, in January 2019 to drive forward the economy.”

He continued: “The recognition of Dubai as a top ten global financial centre is testament to the commitment we have made to our community, our valued stakeholders and global partners. The DIFC’s continued pursuit of excellence and our focus on innovation is delivering on our blueprint for sustainable growth as we continue our journey towards transforming the future of finance.

“This ranking further underscores the economic potential of the region and the strong promise of Dubai as the destination of choice for international organisations, emerging companies and the financial technology leaders of the future to collaborate to deliver exponential growth.”

Established in 2007, the GFCI is released twice a year by London-based Z/Yen and the China Development Institute and provides evaluations of competitiveness and rankings for the major global financial centres.  More than 114 centres were evaluated as part of the 26th GFCI ranking, using more than 133 instrumental factors.

Dubai’s ranking has been spurred by the exceptional development of the Dubai International Financial Centre, the leading financial hub in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) and home to the largest and most developed financial ecosystem in the region. The new ranking recognizes DIFC’s strengths within all five major areas of the Index including Business Environment, Human Capital, Infrastructure, Financial Sector Development and Reputation, reflecting its emergence as a broad, deep, dynamic and stable financial centre.

Dubai's International Financial Centre

A robust business environment

The Centre has been at the forefront of developing its business environment, the number one factor influencing global competitiveness for financial centres, and enhancing its legal and regulatory framework to fuel growth opportunities within the MEASA region. DIFC has demonstrated an understanding of the need, as the leading financial hub operating in the region, to provide even greater stability for organisations conducting operations from the Centre.

The Centre’s robust legal and regulatory framework remains the most sophisticated and business-friendly Common Law jurisdiction in the region, aligned with international best practice. In May 2019, the DIFC’s independent regulator, the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA), in collaboration with the other financial regulators across the Emirates, announced the UAE passporting regime.  The regime is a regulatory mechanism for the promotion and supervision of investment funds that encourages foreign licensed firms in financial free zones based in other countries to enter the local market.

DIFC unveiled the new Insolvency Law in June 2019, enacted by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid to facilitate a more efficient and effective bankruptcy restructuring regime for stakeholders operating in the Centre.  Following this, a new unified, simplified and more expansive Prescribed Companies regime was announced by the DIFC, making structuring and financing in the Centre faster, flexible and more cost-effective, while contributing significantly to a robust pipeline from the aviation financing sector and generating substantial interest from family offices looking to utilise these structures in their succession planning.

In the same month, DIFC unveiled its new Employment Law in June 2019 to address key issues such as paternity leave, sick pay, and end-of-service settlements to support the workforce based in the Centre, whilst protecting and balancing the needs and interests of both employers and employees.

In line with global retirement savings trends, the DIFC also launched the Employee Workplace Savings (DEWS) scheme, which will see the evolution of end-of-service benefits from a defined benefit scheme to a defined contribution scheme, while offering a voluntary savings component for employees.

Human capital and talent development

With more than 24,000 professionals working across over 2,200 active registered companies, the DIFC comprises the largest and most diverse pool of industry talent in the region.  Investment into developing regional talent development continues to be an important factor impacting growth.  As part of the Centre’s efforts to support continued professional development, the DIFC Academy offers world class financial and legal education through strategic partnerships with 26 leading educational institutions and government entities.

To date, the DIFC has seen more than 5,500 graduates successfully undertake executive education courses and programmes in finance, business and law, as well as two dedicated Masters of Laws (LLM) programmes.

Infrastructure to fuel sustainable growth

Accessibility, transport and infrastructure have proven to be a great strength of DIFC and Dubai generally, allowing the Centre to expand and diversify.  Dubai’s connectivity to the MEASA region is another significant factor enabling organisations to seamlessly service business opportunities in the wider region from the Centre.

The Centre experienced sustained growth in the first half of 2019, welcoming more than 250 new companies, and bringing the total number of active registered firms to 2,289, demonstrating a 14 percent increase year-on-year. The DIFC now boasts more than 671 financial related firms, an 11 percent increase from the same period last year.

In January 2019, the DIFC reaffirmed Dubai’s mission to become a major economic force in the Middle East by unveiling the latest phase of an ambitious expansion project that will see the Centre triple in size.

Financial sector development

As the leading global financial centre in the MEASA, DIFC is at the forefront of financial sector advancement.  The index highlights the strong presence of international institutions, government backing and diversity of financial sector offerings. DIFC’s Wealth and Asset Management market which was reported to be $424 billion in 2018 is equivalent to approximately 30% of the GCC’s combined GDP, demonstrating the financial weight of the DIFC.

Key factors supporting the Centre’s competitiveness include the DIFC’s focus on boosting financial sector development, investing in innovation, strengthening the already robust FinTech ecosystem and developing partnerships with key international accelerators.

DIFC is home to the largest, most developed financial technology ecosystem in the region and is home to over 100 international and regional FinTech firms which have chosen the DIFC as their preferred jurisdiction from which to scale their business in the region.

The Centre has also witnessed a significant increase in the number of FinTechs applying to participate in the DIFC’s dedicated accelerator programmes, which has become a first step towards testing the regional market for many global start-ups. The third cohort of the DIFC FinTech Hive accelerator programme received 425 applications from start-ups operating in the RegTech, Islamic FinTech, InsurTech and broader FinTech sectors, a 42 percent increase from the 2018 programme.

Subsidised licensing options and access to a dedicated USD100 million FinTech Fund managed by Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP) and Wamda Capital, alongside access to partners and mentorship have created a formidable environment for FinTech to grow, expand and thrive, firmly positioning Dubai to be the FinTech hub for the region and accelerating the future of finance.

Reputational advantage

Dubai was recognised for reputational advantage as the top global financial centre in the region and is seen as a well-established and widely recognised leader, driving finance within the region.  Innovative and global competitiveness were seen as key factors driving the ranking.

Dubai was ranked as the seventh FinTech location globally for Economic Potential, by fDi Markets – The Financial Times and as a top 10 FinTech hub by Financial Times Group’s The Banker, whilst DIFC FinTech Hive was been recognised as a Top 25 Financial Innovation Lab by Global Finance, confirming DIFC’s status on the worldwide stage.

DIFC continues to be recognised as an appealing destination to conduct business with a comprehensive lifestyle offering of more than 400 restaurants and retail offerings, three five-star hotels, seven elite art galleries and more than 100 days of unique arts, culture and wellness activations, making it the destination where business meets lifestyle.


JMR Software seals new deal and UK partnership with The Data Company Group

JMR Software Pty Ltd (JMR) is proud to announce a partnership with The Data Company Group Limited to provide JMR’s Data Migration as a Service offering to its UK clients and prospects.

JMR Software has been helping its financial services customers to deliver technology that keeps pace with market demands for over 30 years. Established as an independent South African company, JMR Software also has strong international roots and relationships (particularly in the UK) that are built on integrity, expertise, capability and years of successful delivery. 

Mike Richards, CEO of JMR Software says, “In order for your business and all stakeholders to have confidence in a new system, achieving a successful migration is critical. The Data Company Group were looking for best of breed data migration services and we are looking forward to developing a successful partnership.”

“Over the last 30 years JMR has been protecting the movement of data and significantly mitigating data migration risks for numerous projects in the UK. Our teams’ expertise has also led to a long and enviable track record of completing every project on time and in budget. We achieve this by using a proven data migration methodology and our unique data migration application BITSHIFT, says Richards.”

The partnership in the UK has been founded on a UK Guidewire implementation and is expected to increase JMR Software revenues and drive new levels of growth while expanding its channels into the UK market. JMR is rapidly expanding its data migration practice based on increasing world-wide demand for its Data Migration as a Service offering BITSHIFT.

Kali Bagary, Founder and CEO of The Data Company Group Limited suggests “Many people say that ‘data is the new oil’, but I believe this is only the case if it can be easily accessed, interrogated and used to predict better outcomes, whether this is increasing revenue, profit, or improving customer experience.

“Far too many companies have data, but it is often in difficult to reach, disparate locations. Working with JMR we will be able to help companies to migrate data into new systems, rapidly, while reducing their clients’ risk. Our focus is solely on enabling companies to optimise their data to deliver the best possible return for all their stakeholders.”

Bloor Research puts the failure rate of data migration projects at 38%, while Gartner says more than 50% of data migration projects will exceed budget and are likely to result in some form of business disruption owing to flawed execution.

“Our strategy is to continue to grow strong and strategic partnerships around the world with companies who need to give their clients absolute assurance of data migration success,” says Richards.

MEA Markets September 2019

MEA Markets September 2019

Welcome to the Q3 issue of MEA Markets, the quarterly publication dedicated to providing you with all of the latest news and features from across the Middle East and Africa. Featured in the pages of this packed edition includes a diverse range of stories and features from dental practices to a leading communications and public affairs consultancy, even a piece about a South African franchise offering early maths and mental arithmetic education through the use of the Abacus.

 Gracing the cover of this issue, is Noble Dental Smile who has been operating with different dental specialities since their inception in 2009. The award-winning practice offers patients a high standard of care, and have righteously established a strong presence and reputation within their respected industry. Recently, we caught up with Noble Dental Smile’s Founder and Medical Director, Dr. Ahmed M. Shamiyah who kindly revealed more about the innerworkings of the successful practice.

Speaking of successful businesses, we discover more about DigiBlu, an innovative company which helps it’s clients to create multi-purpose Digital Workforces, as well as providing remote delivery and managed services using their Robotics Operations Centre. We spoke with Steve Burke who provided us with a behind the scenes glimpse into the innovative solutions the company consistently offers to their clients.

This is just a small glimpse of what we have in store for you in this insightful issue of MEA Markets Magazine, and we hope that you enjoy reading this month’s edition. Finally, we always love hearing from our readers and so if you have any comments, suggestions or ideas please do get in touch!

Best Pallet Manufacturer & Distributor - UAE

Best Pallet Manufacturer & Distributor – UAE


Emirates Pallet Factory L.L.C is an innovative pallet company that can manufacturer and distribute products for a variety of uses. We profile the firm to find out more about how it came to win one of our coveted GCC Enterprise Awards for 2019.

Since its inception in 2003 Emirates Pallet Factory has risen to become one of the largest Wooden Pallet Manufacturer in the United Arab Emirates.

From the very beginning the company quickly established a reputation for quality, services and reliability, driven by the needs of our customers.

Today, Emirates Pallet Factory is a well-established and successful company offering comprehensive wooden pallet manufacturing and recycling solution. The firm now has the capacity for supplying wood pallets as per its customer requirements.

As a well-established and successful company offering comprehensive wooden pallet manufacturing and recycling solution, Emirates Pallet Factory is able to meet the needs of a variety of clients based throughout the UAE and beyond. Alongside its provision of a wide variety of pallets for various uses, the firm also offers the heat treatment of all timber products, cable drums, pallets and crate boxes as well as the repair of wooden pallets. As such, clients know they can come to this dynamic and dedicated company for any of their wooden packaging needs and that
they will be met to the highest possible standard.

Overall, Emirates Pallet Factory’s mission is to ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction by providing best quality of pallets and continuously improving business processes with dedication. This will remain the firm’s ongoing focus as it looks to open a branch in Oman and expand its international reach.

Company: Emirates Pallet Factory

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F�te Events: Events Company of the Year 2019 - UAE

F’te Events: Events Company of the Year 2019 – UAE


A team of artists, dreamers and designers, F’te Events in the heart of Dubai is a powerhouse of creative excellence. Delivering emotionally-impactful weddings, or laugh-out-loud birthday parties, Mallika Singh and her team create multi-sensory experiences like no other. See why they are one of the best events companies of the year across the United Arab Emirates in 2019.

Carefully designed and meticulously arranged, F’te Events specialise in conceptualising, designing and perfectly executing weddings and corporate events. The company take pride in organising highly customised events that are tailored to meet the clients every need, from the oddest quirk, to the most eclectic eccentricity.

Formed in 2012, F’te Events is the realised dream of part-musician, part-designer, Mallika Singh. An undeniable leader of avant-garde events in Dubai, Singh is famed for skilfully crafting event masterpieces that change perceptions and create multisensory experiences for her clients. Prior to the formation of the company, mounting social appreciation of her solo work resulted in Singh utilizing her passion in an entrepreneurial capacity, which brought about the birth of F’te Events.Determined to meet every challenge headon, F’te Events demand that their clients demand the very best from them, and nothing less will do for this high-quality firm. For those fond memories that are to be preserved forever, this company are dedicated to ensuring that everything is absolutely perfect. From the most obscure song in an equally obscure movie to the most hard-to-find unique decorations, this company are slaves to detail and will settle for nothing less than what the client desires.

Masters of emotional engagement, the team at F’te Events work tirelessly towards creating the atmosphere of client’s dreams. Ensuring that there isn’t a dry eye at a wedding, or that guests are clutching their stomachs in laughter at a birthday party, the team will not rest until that perfect moment is achieved and captured for all eternity to be enjoyed long after the event has ended. Carefully designed and meticulously arranged to stimulate all five senses, guests are sure to be taken on a journey at an event created by this talented team.

Pouring their hearts and souls into every event, the successes of F’te Events lie in creating truly unforgettable experiences for their clients. Mindful of all budget sizes, this tremendously talented team of designers can ensure that no matter the event, every single detail is perfect.


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Al-Ajaleen Legal Consultants & Intellectual Property

Al-Ajaleen Legal Consultants & Intellectual Property


Seeking to offer award-winning IP Law services, Al-Ajaleen Legal Consultants & Intellectual Property was founded by a group of experienced legal and IP practitioners who have in-depth experience in the Middle East and Gulf region in the field of legal and intellectual property. We profile the firm to find out how these experts have driven the firm to the success it enjoys today.

Established in 2007, Ajaleen works tirelessly to achieve long term representation of corporate clients to form a close working knowledge of its client’s business, long-term goals and competitive position.

Striving towards excellence for every client, the firm is focused on client satisfaction, providing high quality representation in a very timely manner.

As part of this focus, Ajaleen’s dedicated staff are committed to high ethical and professional standards, as well as state-of-theart technology, so as to provide a comprehensive range of Legal and IP services tailored to meet their clients’ needs. All of the firm’s expert team work hard to ensure that clients receive the support they need that is tailored to meet their exact requirements.

Supporting clients from throughout the corporate landscape, the practice can provide a wide range of services, including trademarks, copyright protection, patents, IP watch services and renewal support. As a result, clients know that they are in safe and experienced hands when they work with Ajaleen.

Overall, moving forward Ajaleen’s goal is to build a better future by adopting technology to the legal industry and providing quality services to clients. This will remain the firm’s core focus as it looks towards a bright and exciting future.

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Most Innovative Content Marketing Agency - Dubai

Most Innovative Content Marketing Agency – Dubai


Multi-award-winning Brazen MENA provides a fresh, cutting-edge approach to communications coupled with extensive local experience to ensure clients across the region receive the content marketing solutions they need to get their brand recognised. Louise Jacobson provides us with a riveting insight into the firm’s work and how this benefits a vast array of clients across the Middle East and North Africa.


Since its launch in 2015, Brazen has been shortlisted for 32 industry awards including Small Agency of the Year 2018 and 2019 for MEPRA and PRCA MENA. It offers a full suite of PR and social media services across consumer and corporate sectors across the region.

Based in the heart of Dubai’s Media City, the firm also offers social media and influencer engagement ensuring it engages with clients through its storytelling, whether the client require exposure in a business publication or social media content to enhance their profile.
No matter what service they require or industry they operate in, what unites Brazen’s clientele is the exceptional standard of service they receive from this dynamic and dedicated company, as Louise is keen to emphasise.

‘At Brazen, we have a very clear philosophy on client service that revolves around client satisfaction: we go the extra mile to achieve results and we never settle for good enough. Our creative and strategic approach means that our ideas cut through the clutter but always relate to a business objective which we clearly agree at the beginning of a campaign. We always have an open and honest dialogue with clients to ensure we get the best results for the brand, this is why we have worked with renowned clients such as Disney and Atlantis, The Palm for many years.

‘We have an uncompromising and passionate approach when it comes and the results we garner for them. We conceptualise and deliver ideas that impact beyond the traditional means. We have a multi-cultural team comprised of former journalists, influencers and other industry expertise which means we’re highly skilled at our practice and we are largely made up of senior personnel, so clients can be assured they will have experienced counsel and a very high standard of work.’

This talented team is at the centre of the firm’s success, and as such Brazen is constantly looking to provide them with a supportive internal culture. Louise discusses this in detail and speaks with pride about the atmosphere she and her team cultivate in the Brazen offices.

‘Internally, the Brazen culture has a family feel, with trust and respect at the core. We invest a lot in training and development and all team members have bespoke career plans meaning we have a high retention rate. Employee wellbeing is very important to us, which is why we declared 2019 a year of wellbeing having been inspired by the UAE Government’s annual initiatives. As part of the wellbeing commitment, the team receive a number of benefits including duvet days, mindfulness sessions, wellbeing hours and monthly team socials.’

As she reflects on how far her firm has come over the past four years, Louise is proud of all the hard work of her team and excited for an opportunity filled future, as she concludes.
‘Overall, the future is very bright for Brazen. We have a strong brand with a fantastic reputation that we have built based on our award-winning results since we launched in 2015.

‘Thanks to our success, Brazen now contributes a lot to the PR and communications industry here as well as just our business which will continue to be key for us. I’m a member of the MEPRA Strategy Board and one of our account directors is Vice-Chair of ‘Next-Gen’ which is run by PRCA MENA. We help our industry bodies ensure standards are as high as possible and we also collaborate with local universities to help train the new PR stars of tomorrow. This will remain our core focus over the coming years as we look to enhance our current reputation for excellence even further and drive the region’s PR and communications markets to even greater heights.’


Company: Brazen MENA

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La Marquise: Best Bridal Jewellery Retailer 2019

La Marquise: Best Bridal Jewellery Retailer 2019


With over three decades of experience in the luxury jewellery industry, La Marquise Diamonds & Watches is able to provide truly exquisite pieces that will make anyone feel like royalty. Having recognised the firm in this year’s GCC Enterprise Awards we profile it and showcase the truly spectacular jewellery it provides to its esteemed clientele.

Thanks to a legacy of excellence in jewellery manufacturing and retail, over the years La Marquise has risen to become a multi-award-winning creator of timeless and exclusively designed diamond and gemstone jewellery. Boasting high precision detailing and handcrafted finesse, their jewellery is synonymous with art.

The La Marquise story commenced with the transformation of precious stones into spectacular pieces of fine jewellery, which are unique and splendid in its formation. Over the years the brand has evolved and adapted its service offering to meet the needs of its discerning clientele. La Marquise has now grown into a global chain of retail boutiques located in major shopping malls, luxury hotels and select airport retail.

With a ‘mines-to-market’ philosophy, the company showcases its commitment to sourcing only the finest minerals, gemstones and metals for its jewellery and crafting them into pieces of art that clients can be proud of and cherish forever.

Spanning across classic and contemporary design sensibilities, La Marquise appeals to all tastes. La Marquise’s customised approach and inclusive portfolio has attracted the attention of fashionable socialites and is graced by women belonging to almost every segment of society. Every article of jewellery sold by the firm is backed with a certificate of authenticity, providing clear information of stones to assure complete transparency.

Creating bespoke jewellery that clients will adore is the brands core focus, and as a result it has become revered by brides, couples and jewellery connoisseurs from around the world. Designed to meet even the highest expectations, La Marquise’s service offering includes providing clients with design inspiration and working with them to understand the occasion for wearing the item, exploring budgets and allowing customers to select their own gemstones. The award-winning design team visualise and creatively map their inspiration onto paper and then showcase these designs for client approval. As part of this focus on client satisfaction and providing a truly luxury jewellery design experience, La Marquise allows clients to view the design in the sketch phase, 3D wax stage and prior to stone setting. Working from their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, located in Dubai, a team of experienced craftsmen blow life into pencil sketches to create a sparkling trance of jewellery. For those brides and individuals that want every detail to be taken care of, this is the place as La Marquise ensures nothing is left to chance and that clients are involved throughout the product creation process.

Ultimately, La Marquise’s vision is to adorn the world with timeless designs, unmatched craftsmanship and exclusive jewellery that redefines luxury.


Best IT Training Provider 2019

Best IT Training Provider 2019


Based in the heart of Kuwait, New Horizons Computer Learning Centre is an innovative entity committed to providing award-winning IT training and support to a wide range of clients. In celebration of the firm’s attained status winner award in this year’s GCC Enterprise Awards, we profile the firm to find out more.

Part of the New Horizons Computer Group which became operational in 1997.New Horizons Kuwait draws on this legacy of excellence to provide its clients with top quality computer support and training. Thanks to the expertise of its team, New Horizons Kuwait City offers an extensive selection of vendor-authorized training for top technology providers, not limited to Microsoft, CISCO, Huawei, CompTIA, Adobe, Oracle, PMI, IBTA, and VMware.

The firm’s team understand that not everyone’s learning needs or preferred methods are the same. Therefore, New Horizons Kuwait flexible training approach gives the firm the ability to customize specific classes to satisfy the identified needs.

Over the years, New Horizons Kuwait has adopted a futuristic learning methodology to suit the needs of modern trainees and provide knowledge in best ways, like Online LIVE, Online ANYTIME, On-Site Training, Private Classes and the most on-trend methodology, which it is Mentored Learning. The firm’s courses are taught by experienced, vendor-certified instructors.

As a result, students receive cutting-edge insight and knowledge, delivered by the best trainers on the market currently. All staff at New Horizons Kuwait, from admin staff through the teachers who are committed to providing the highest possible standard of client service and ensuring that all trainees learn and thrive.

Overall, New Horizons Kuwait aims to remain an on-going concern and a pioneering leader in the training industry, and this will be the firm’s core focus throughout the remainder of 2019 and further into the future.

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Best Bespoke Sportswear Manufacturer - MEA

Best Bespoke Sportswear Manufacturer – MEA


Kukri Sports Middle East aims to empower peak performance through the provision of
industry leading sportswear. As part of our showcase of some of this year’s GCC Enterprise
Awards winners we profile the firm to learn more about the innovative products it has to offer.

Offering bespoke modern sportswear for schools, clubs and companies across the Middle East region, Kukri Sports is focused on quality in order to drive its clients towards the sporting prowess they deserve. From conception to delivery, the team take great pride in their attention to detail, passion, quality and constantly being innovative to assist our clients in their goals in the sporting arena.

For both on and off field wear, clients need look no further than Kukri Sports. With solutions for a variety of sports including rugby, football, hockey and cricket that include everything from hoodies and jackets through to safety wear and accessories, there is something for everyone from this dedicated sportswear supplier.

Offering only its own branded products, Kukri Sports provides the highest possible quality solutions so that clients know they will only receive the best when they buy from this innovative firm. All of its products can be customised with team names, logos and other amendments so that clients can receive exactly the product they want.

Throughout the process the Kukri Sports team aim to make it fun and enjoyable for clients so that they keep coming back to buy their quality sportswear from this dynamic and growing brand.
Ultimately, Kukri Sports aims to become the go-to market player for all sportswear, and as such over the coming years the firm will grow at a steady pace to work towards achieving this ambitious goal.


Best Emerging Business Platform 2019 - Middle East

Best Emerging Business Platform 2019 – Middle East


Best Emerging Business Platform 2019 – Middle East

For almost a decade MAGAS has enabled entrepreneurial energy and gives new entrants to build their businesses with the support of this unique professional services platform. As part of our showcase of a selection of this year’s deserving GCC Enterprise Awards winners we provide an in-depth overview of the firm and its unique solution.

Initially founded in India in 2010 as a tertiary services company, over the years MAGAS has culminated into professional services destination for crowd sourcing and delivery of professional services in India and Arabian Gulf.

When the firm first began the team developed a concept whereby they could bring Lead Generation and Service Delivery together under one roof to help businesses find ease and make professional help more affordable. They tested this concept in India by launching a Professional Services Company.

Later the team wanted to push the boundaries in this segment and wanted to create and online platform, so the team used Media to create a new dimension to use it for qualified Lead Generation and Service Delivery. They filed for copyrights calling it ‘Service Media’.

Today MAGAS is still 100% founder owned, headquartered in the UAE and holds the global copyrights for the concept of Service Media.

Thanks to its innovative solution, MAGAS connects with small and medium sized enterprises, professionals, innovators, entrepreneurs and freelancers across various geographies and industries which can fulfil their business needs with cost effective solutions arising from shared economy and idle resource capacity. It delivers services at an affordable price to empower entrepreneurs, start-ups, SMEs and more.

Working closely with clients and service provides, MAGAS works to understand the needs of businesses and then connects them with service providers that can provide them with the solutions they require to grow and prosper. The firm’s expert team will work with businesses until they have achieved their objectives to ensure success for everyone it supports.

The firm’s unique platform creates an online destination and facilitates trade and commerce between parties not just monetarily but also through other synergies. It creates a channel for cross border connect whereby end users can use the platform for their service needs from any location. All listed services can be procured, managed and delivered through the firm’s platform. The value to end users will be that all their service needs will be fulfilled through crowd sourcing under a single window platform thus saving energy, time and money.

Seeking to enhance its already impressive success, MAGAS invites investors who are willing to invest in great ideas at an early stage. The team firmly believe that a good investor support can foster bright ideas, and as such they are always keen to work with new investors who will help drive their unique idea forward and support both MAGAS and the companies it works alongside.

Ultimately, MAGAS’s mission is to support businesses when they need support. As part of this focus, the firm provides handholding support until businesses stand on their own. The firm’s team believe small ideas can make big difference if they get the right support at the right time, and as such they work hard to create an ecosystem to help businesses sustain and benefit through MAGAS’s service offering. Moving forward the company will remain driven towards providing the exemplary solutions and support it has become renowned for.

Company: MAGAS International


Best Sportswear Brand 2019

Best Sportswear Brand 2019


Best Sportswear Brand 2019

Unique to the market, Romai is the first and only Emirati Sportswear brand that develops and
manufactures its own range of products. In celebration of its win in this year’s GCC Enterprise
Awards we profile the company and share an insight into how far it has come since it first began.

Founded in 2012, Romai is a UAE based sports brand that designs and manufactures sports clothing and accessories.

From humble beginnings sponsoring a local club, after a mere seven years Romai has risen to the top of its market. The brand now participates in the biggest tournaments through big teams such as Senegal national team that participate in the African cup, as well as sponsoring the UAE special Olympic team in the special Olympics games that were hosted in Abu Dhabi.

Collectively, the brand’s expert team boast over 20 years of experience in the regional sportswear industry, as well as having supported and been part of the growth of various international sportswear brands.

Behind the brand’s design philosophy is the belief that speed and agility are the cornerstones of athletic performance, and this influences every product that Romani produces and provides to its valued clients. The brand’s creations are meticulously designed to offer the best in mobility and comfort.

Currently, the brand currently sponsors some major names in Football, which include the national teams of Jamaica and Bahrain, along first division football clubs found in the Bahrain and Saudi leagues.

Moving forward, Romai will continue to provide its award-winning sportswear to a wide variety of professional and private clients to drive greater recognition for its brand. As part of this drive for greater renown the brand intends to open its first flagship store this year and sponsor a club in the English premier league so that it can appeal to an international clientele in the future.

Company: Romai