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Arabian Business StartUp People's Choice Award poll closes on Thursday

Winner of the readers' choice award will be announced at the Arabian Business StartUp Awards 2017

Arabian Business StartUp People's Choice Award poll closes on Thursday

Voting closes on Thursday for the Arabian Business StartUp People’s Choice Award for Entrepreneur of the Year 2017.

The winner of Arabian Business StartUp People’s Choice Award is the only one chosen by the magazine readers.

Below you can read a little about each of the nominees, all chosen because of their contributions to entrepreneurship, the spirit of innovation, their pursuit and achievement of excellence in business.

The eight nominees with the highest number of public votes will be shortlisted, with the winner announced and honoured at the Arabian Business StartUp Awards 2017, taking place on Tuesday October 24 at the Rixos Premium in Dubai’s JBR.

To book your tables or individual seats for the awards and gala event, visit or contact Joanna Farrer, Events & Marketing manager at ITP, at

To vote, click below for the Arabian Business StartUp Awards Page, then select the link for the PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD – ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR. Use the drop-down menu to vote for your winner.



Zeynap Saka
Founder of New Shifts Services, the business matches people seeking a change of career with companies that need temporary help.

Omar Chihane
CEO and Co-Founder of, an online platform that is disrupting the property investment sector.

Philip Bahoshy
Founder of MAGNiTT, an online platform that supports entrepreneurs, investors and mentors in the region.

Scott Ragsdale
Chairman of Naseba, Scott provides the leadership and direction behind one of the region’s most successful business facilitation firms.

Phil Davis
Credited with ‘making UAE workplaces happier places,’ Phil is the creator of the ‘brand art’ concept and Founder of the UAE’s largest brand art firm, Propriartary.

Sam Corcoran
Co-founder of FinTech recruitment firm, the Cander Group and industry speaker on the topic.

Jon Richards
CEO of insurance comparison portal, YallaCompare, which has enjoyed rapid growth over the last two years.

Ambareen Musa
Founder and CEO of, the first independent comparison website in the Middle East.

Flo Janin
Co-founder of PR firm BRAVE Agency, with a strong reputation for creating and connecting UAE businesses.

Murray Kidd
With a successful business already set up in Abu Dhabi, Murray is a Co-Founder of car sales firm, RMA Motors.

Marc Fleschen
CEO of Dubai-based ‘LiFi’ (light-fidelity) technology company, Zero1.

Khaled Zaatarah
Founder and CEO of 360VUZ, a pioneer virtual reality start-up in the Middle East.  

Ryan Hughes
Radically changing the customer experience of buying used cars, Ryan is a double award-winning Co-founder of RMA Motors.

Michel Abou Diwan
Founder of the InstaAdd platform, which allows media agencies and SMEs to target their customer demographic using programmatic advertising.

Anjili Samtani
Founder and owner of kids-only waterpark, Splash n Party.

Morrad Irsane
Entrepreneur and Co-founder of second-hand e-commerce marketplace, Melltoo.

Vic Bageria
Founder of Savant Data System, which powers the Xpandretail brand of analytic solutions for the retail industry.

Dr Nadine Hachach-Haram
A practising reconstructive surgeon and Co-founder of Proximie, an augmented reality platform designed to allow doctors to guide, teach and support other surgeons remotely.  

REALEX- Avadh Gupta
CEO and Founder of RealexApp, a SmartCity platform to automate and digitise real estate lifecycle management.  

Tanaz Dizadji
Founder of recommendation and review site, ‘insydo.’

Thea Myhrvold
Founder and CEO of,  an educational platform that connects teachers and students, allowing them to conduct lessons.

Ziad Ghosn
CEO of Nomadic Capital a firm that brings interesting innovations from around the globe to the UAE market.

Layal Jebran
Founder and Managing Director of Moubarmij Inc., a platform for learning and teaching online, via video tutorials.

Mahmoud Adham
Founder of Munchbox, a Dubai-born healthy snacks brand distributing across Bahrain, The UAE and Qatar.

John Robins
Co-founder of sophisticated online content distribution platform, Newzpoint.

Luke Eley
UK national, Luke Eley is a Co-founder of FinTech recruitment company, the Cander Group.

Aisha Leitner
Founder of online party supplies site, Party Camel.

Alexander E. Dubare
Founder of successful ‘better burger’ business, Burger 28, serving the Emirati millennials market.

Tiberiu Iacomi
Co-founder of The Improbable Agency, a PR firm that champions and promotes the diverse and sometimes quirky nature of start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Zaib Shadani
Founder and Managing Director of company, Shadani Consulting.

Janardan Dalmia
Partner and CEO of Trukkin, a tech-based marketplace and aggregator for shippers and transporters.

Nadya Jaghbir
Co-founder of GymNadz fitness training and creator of her own fitness app.

Ravi Bhusari
Co-founder of Duplays and mentor with Dubai-based AstroLabs.

Karalynn Thomson
Founder of The Animal Agency, supplying animals for movies, photoshoots and marketing campaigns.

Khanwal Sarfraz
Co-founder of successful e-commerce platform,

Ahmad Alzaini
Co-founder of Foodics, Saudi-based restaurant management system start-up that has just attracted $4M in Series A funding.

Ian Ohan
CEO of Freedom Pizza, Co-founder of NKD Pizza and entrepreneur.

Mirhan Mandour
Managing Director of Sales-ARM, a company specialised in the digitisations of sales and relationship management. - Alexander A. Nehme
Founder and CEO of, home of the Arab NGO Directory. 

Bevon Chadel Charles
Entrepreneur and Founder of a farm enterprise to help reduce national food import costs.  



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