The Q3 2021 UAE Venture Report is one of MAGNiTT's flagship reports that provides a quarterly update on the venture capital and startup ecosystems in the United Arab Emirates. 

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UAE Startup Ecosystem in Q3 2021 - Key Highlights

  • Ranked 1st across all MENA markets by VC funding, startups in the UAE observed a 107% YoY growth in funding in Q3 2021
  • In seven out of the first nine months in 2021, UAE ventures received more capital than they did in 2020 
  • Of MENA’s top three entrepreneurship hubs, UAE, KSA, and Egypt, the UAE was the only one to see deals drop YoY (-18%) in Q3 YTD 2021
  • Fintech accounted for almost one-fourth of deals registered in the UAE in Q3 YTD 2021, while F&B claimed half of every dollar invested in the country during this time
  • Participation from international investors in UAE-based startups peaked to an all-time high in 2021 by the end of Q3


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What’s In The Report?

This quarterly report provides a comprehensive overview and a deep dive into the UAE venture capital and funding investment space and includes the following: 

A 5-year analysis of UAE venture funding evolution, with a focus on Q3 ‘21 country and industry performance benchmarks

Top 20 investor ranking, together with the business type and HQ analysis of all investment firms in the region

Top 10 startup funding rounds that were closed during the analyzed period, as well as the ticket size split of the entire deal flow

Top 10 last exits in UAE-based startups

Who will benefit from the report?

The UAE Venture Investment Report is ideal for investors tracking startup activity, consultants looking to identify technology innovation trends, as well as government entities searching for investments.

This report was created with data from MAGNiTT, a comprehensive directory of technology innovation trends. The platform provides the following analytics tools:


Investment directories, a comprehensive list of all startup venture funding across the Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan, and Turkey

Market Sizing Tools to visualize investment growth and trends across industries, geographies, and stage

Startup Resources including a deal flow tool for applications to leading Venture Capitalists for investment

Exit comparisons, looking at Mergers & Acquisitions from across the region


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*This report aggregates and analyses tech startup investments in 17 countries in the Middle East and North Africa - listed alphabetically: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia (KSA), Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Yemen.