Startup Arabia: Untold stories from top Arab entrepreneurs (free book)
May 2019

Startup Arabia captures the untold stories of the high-tech entrepreneurs in the Middle East who are creating one of the most vibrant and fertile tech hubs in the world today. The book was written by Amir Hegazi, a life-long entrepreneur, with over 15 years of startup, tech, e-commerce, and digital media experience.


Through a collection of interviews, Startup Arabia touches on the early days of those entrepreneurs and the startups they created. It explores how they got their initial ideas, what challenges they faced and how they overcame them, what lessons they learned from those experiences, and what advice they have for the next generation of Middle East entrepreneurs. They also share what they believe is required to ensure continued development of a startup ecosystem in the region.


Not only did these entrepreneurs conquer the usual challenges of new tech startups; they managed to break from deep-seated tradition and societal limiting beliefs, cut through red tape, and navigate an often unfriendly startup environment.


Startup Arabia provides an eye-opening, refreshing look at the entrepreneurial journey and a much-needed call to action to aspiring entrepreneurs across the region to help shape the future of the Arab world. It was also selected among the top 17 best books for startups worldwide by Book Authority in 2019


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About the author


Amir Hegazi is a life-long entrepreneur, with over 15 years of startup, tech, E-commerce, and digital media experience. He is the Managing Partner of intoMENA Group, a consulting firm that helps international companies do business into the Middle East and North Africa region ("MENA"). Prior, Amir was the Director of Marketplace at, the region's largest E-commerce platform (recently acquired by, where he helped build its marketplace from the ground up to account for sizable portion of overall sales volume. Amir is also one of the early pioneers of digital media in the region, having launched the largest online TV network in the Arab world at such companies as JumpTV and Talfazat. Amir is passionate about entrepreneurship, technology, and promoting the startup ecosystem in MENA. Amir lives in Los Angeles and Dubai.


Hear the untold stories from founders and entrepreneurs: 

Samih Toukan, Jabbar Group, Souq, Maktoob

Mona Ataya, Mumzworld


Mudassir Sheikha, Careem



Omar Soudodi, PAYFORT


Maaz Sheikh, STARZ PLAY


Delphine Eddé, Diwanee


Idriss Al Rifai, Fetchr


Kunal Kapoor, The Luxury Closet


Bana Shomali, Service Market


Elie Habib, Anghami 


Omar Gabr, Instabug


Muhammad Chbib, tajawal, Almosafer


Sara Alemzadeh, Designer-24


Jon Richards, yallacompare


Fouad Jeryes, Cashbasha


Khalil Shadid, Reserveout


Mai Medhat, Eventtus


Amir Barsoum, Vezeeta


Abdulaziz Al Loughani, Talabat


Niama El Bassunie, WaystoCap


Zain Alabdin Tawfiq, Sarahah


Philip Bahoshy, MAGNiTT

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