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Research on the MENA Region Venture Ecosystem

The GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) region is a dynamic and promising area, teeming with opportunities that are drawing the interest of venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and innovators from around the globe.

Despite the global downturn in venture transactions, with declines of up to 40% in some regions, the Gulf countries, particularly Saudi Arabia, are experiencing remarkable growth. In 2023 alone, venture investments in the Gulf surged to an impressive $2.5 billion.

Recognizing the tremendous prospects within this dynamic landscape, a prominent European venture fund* sought our expertise to conduct a comprehensive examination of the region's venture ecosystem, aiming to fortify its future investments.

Our consultancy culminated in the creation of a report, offering a detailed overview of the GCC venture market.

*Its name remains confidential due to an NDA agreement.


Venture market overview

Providing insights into crucial venture and economic wellbeing indicators such as sector-wise economic prosperity, VC investments in GCC compared to global landscape, unicorns map and key R&D spheres of activity in the region.

Softlanding guide

Delving into the intricacies of an LLC softlanding in the GCC, incl. top technoparks and research clusters overview, fees and the bureaucratic pipeline of the incorporation, cost of visas, and key events calendar.

GCC countries venture profiles

Offering individual profiles for the Gulf countries, namely the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain, elucidating their respective venture landscapes, legislative opportunities, and challenges, the number of active investors, trending technologies within sectors, valuation dynamics, median / average investments by rounds, as well as the leaderboard of notable VC and M&A transactions.

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