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Start-ups that make a difference

We build and invest in innovative start-ups that advance economies and improve lives. We believe in business models that address key needs, in large markets, with innovative technologies, and defensible network effects.

Focused, hands-on, strategic

Our diverse team has first-hand experience in the day-to-day tactical and strategic ins and outs of building, growing, and scaling start-ups, from the seedlings of an idea all the way to exit.

Khaldoon H. Tabaza

Founder & Managing Director

Adey Salamin

Founder & Board Member

Fadel Kremid

Chief Financial Officer

Suhaib Bseiso

Investment Manager

Ayman Abu Dre’i

Finance Manager

Sarah Barkawi

Senior Investment Manager

Nisreen Abu Maizer

Financial Planning & Analysis Manager

Aayad Ghananim

PR & Communications Manager

Board of Directors

Khaldoon Tabaza

Adey Salamin

Mazin Aldawood

Nasir Alsharif

Hamad Al Sulaiman

Sultan Alturki

Khalid Al Sulaiman

Brooke Lindsay

Marco Somalvico

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July 12, 2022

The financial sector is undergoing a period of profound transformation in Dubai

The financial sector is undergoing a period of profound transformation in Dubai, driven by digital technologies and innovation that will reshape financial services and make them more competitive, inclusive, and less centralized.

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May 26, 2022

The founder of iMENA and CEO of OpenSooq, Adey Salamin, has been awarded the King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein Medal for Excellence in recognition of his great role in the field of entrepreneurship, technology and applications.

The founder of iMENA and CEO of OpenSooq, Adey Salamin, has been awarded the King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein Medal for Excellence in recognition of his great role in the field of entrepreneurship, technology and applications.

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March 24, 2022

UAE-based car subscription platform Carasti has announced that it raised $2 million.

UAE-based car subscription platform Carasti has announced that it raised $2 million. The round was co-led by Rua Growth Fund and Net ventures. Carasti was founded in 2019 as an online platform offering a flexible 1-24 month car subscription service. It gained popularity very first as the platform was designed to let users seamlessly choose, upgrade, downgrade, or swap their car seamlessly through their app.

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February 17, 2022

mSME enabling platform, Setup in Abu Dhabi, launched

Creative Zone has collaborated with Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development and twenty-three other governmental and private entities, including Telr, to establish a mSME enabling platform titled “Setup in Abu Dhabi”.

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We back ambitious founders with the focus and energy to drive their teams to build companies that improve people’s lives and shape the future of the region’s vibrant digital economy.