MENA's startup growth continues to be led by Dubai: over $11.7B lifetime raised across 306 scaleups
Forget About Startups. It's All About Scaleups.
In recent years, the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region has witnessed significant growth of scaleups, defined as startups who have raised US $1 million in capital, or more. In 2022 alone, 158 new scale-ups were added, bringing the grand total to 749 scale-ups across the 19 countries in MENA (excluding Israel), that have raised a total of over US $19.5 billion cumulatively over the years.
We see the same trends continue. Dubai was the first entrepreneurial hub in MENA (excluding Israel) for start-up activity, and it continues to maintain this leadership position.
It has acted as a safe harbor for many regional start-up founders to relocate to, to get better access to talent, capital and mentorship. Every year, more and more investors have also