As entrepreneurship in the Middle East has blossomed, many of the region’s publications have begun to recognize the work of its most groundbreaking entrepreneurs. Arabian Business is one such website; it showcases these individuals through its Startup-SME Entrepreneur of the Week series.
These articles highlight the creative ideas, business achievements, and determination of the entrepreneurs they cover. Arabian Business also focuses on the startups that these individuals have worked so diligently to establish. Read on to take a look at some of the innovative entrepreneurs and startups that Arabian Business has featured in its Entrepreneur of the Week spotlights:
Hala Barghout, Colour My Plate
Experienced nutritionist Hala Barghout established Colour My Plate in 2016 as a way of offering healthy catering alternatives to the people of the UAE. The startup develops menus that are free of additives, refined sugar, and other processed materials, ensuring that customers receive dishes made from the best ingredients possible.
Colour My Plate has also eliminated gluten and dairy from its menu, thereby allowing its dishes to satisfy any dietary need. Whether someone is looking to lose weight or manage a health condition, the startup has options that can help them meet their goals.
UAE residents can choose from one of several meal plans from Colour My Plate. After testing its services during a short “Taste of Colour” trial period, they can purchase 20- or 24-day plans that feature either traditional or high-calorie levels. Colour My Plate can also help its customers find the right meal plan for them by offering such services as food intolerance testing and consultations with its on-premises dietician.
Anna Skigin, Frank Porter
Entrepreneur Anna Skigin formulated the concept for her app, Frank Porter, while visiting Dubai at the beginning of 2017. During the trip, she noticed that the local sharing economy was, at best, still in its infancy. Despite the fact that Dubai is a popular destination for tourists, not many locals were using booking platforms to rent out their homes to visitors.
Skigin decided to set up shop in Dubai, working alongside global vacation rental app AirBnb to help the city’s residents reach this underserved market. Frank Porter acts as a concierge to those looking to host on AirBnb, providing everything they could need for their listings. From providing interior décor to vetting potential guests, the startup ensures that each listing is compliant with the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).
Ali and Hussain Al Abbas, Tnerit
Tnerit is another Dubai-based startup that is catering to the city’s growing sharing economy. Brothers Ali and Hussain Al Abbas developed their app to facilitate item loaning and borrowing between locals. The pair have funded Tnerit on their own, hoping to maximize the potential of their Peer-to-Peer (P2P) concept.
Residents of Dubai can use Tnerit to browse for items in such categories as electronics, home goods, musical instruments, and even apparel. Borrowing from the app’s “Lenders” allows these individuals to save money on items they only need short-term. It also gives Lenders the opportunity to make money from the items that they loan to others in their community.
Tnerit allows its lenders to list their items for rental periods of between one and 90 days. After “Borrowers” return the items, both parties can leave star ratings for one another in the app. This helps future users gauge the trustworthiness of each Borrower and Lender on the platform.
Charlie Barlow, Health at Hand
Headquartered in the UAE, Health at Hand came to be after Charlie Barlow, a venture capitalist, found himself spending endless hours in medical clinics with his children whenever they fell ill. During these visits, he saw just how inefficient it was to book visits at the clinics he frequented. As such, Barlow sought to make the process of making doctor’s appointments much more seamless for patients.
Following in the footsteps of other local booking platforms, Health at Hand allows patients to schedule appointments with physicians on demand. The startup even enlisted the help of the tech department at ride-booking platform Careem, leveraging their expertise to develop an app that is revolutionizing telehealth in the UAE.
Health at Hand has created a portal through which patients can meet with doctors from the comfort of their own homes. Instead of needing to wait for appointments and sit in waiting rooms, they can schedule immediate video consultations with qualified, accredited physicians via their mobile devices. From eye infections to headaches to the common cold, Health at Hand’s doctors can treat a variety of conditions.