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The MENAbytes Drop is a weekly podcast that showcases the latest VC, TECH and STARTUP news in the Middle East and North Africa region.
Hosted by Reem, the podcast features weekly exclusive reports, the occasional heavy-hitting guest and of course, the latest news in the MENA startup universe.
The podcast is a reflection of the MENAbytes publication, which is the leading online startup news outlet from the Middle East & North Africa in terms of social media reach and engagement.

The MENAbytes Drop is a member of the Dukkan Media family.

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The MENAbytes Drop is a weekly podcast that showcases the latest VC, TECH and STARTUP news in the Middle East and North Africa region.
Hosted by Reem, the podcast features weekly exclusive reports, the occasional heavy-hitting guest and of course, the latest news in the MENA startup universe.
The podcast is a reflection of the MENAbytes publication, which is the leading online startup news outlet from the Middle East & North Africa in terms of social media reach and engagement.

The MENAbytes Drop is a member of the Dukkan Media family.

    Amazon Prime launches in the UAE, SoftBank, Tenderd and FreshtoHome raise investment, Tez win the Visa Everywhere Initiative and more.

    Amazon Prime launches in the UAE, SoftBank, Tenderd and FreshtoHome raise investment, Tez win the Visa Everywhere Initiative and more.

    Here's what's happening in the tech, startup and VC universe today:

    1.Web Summit in talks for global tech event by 2022
    2.SoftBank in talks with Saudi, UAE & Oman for 2nd $100 billion Vision Fund
    3.Tenderd raises $5.8 million seed
    4.FreshToHome raises $11 million Series A
    5.Orcas raises $500,000 Pre-Series A
    6.Tez wins $100,000 grand prize
    7.Jabbar Internet Group leads $1 million Pre-Series A
    8. Amazon Prime launches in UAE

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    • 12 min
    Careem acquires bike-sharing startup Cyacle, Trukkin raises $3.5 million, Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures co-leads $6 million investment in Amreican blockchain startup and more.

    Careem acquires bike-sharing startup Cyacle, Trukkin raises $3.5 million, Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures co-leads $6 million investment in Amreican blockchain startup and more.

    Here's what's happening in the tech, startup and VC universe today:
    1. Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures co-leads $6 million investment in American blockchain startup Data Gumbo
    2. Dubai-based truck aggregator Trukkin raises $3.5 million to connect shippers and truckers in the Middle East
    3. Careem acquires UAE-based bike-sharing startup Cyacle to expand into micro-mobility
    4. Ford and Swvl announce strategic partnership

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    • 10 min
    InstaDeep, Oddigo, eMushrif, KitabSawti, and Checkout.com raise investments, Egypt's ArqamFC gets acquired, Uber's disappointing IPO debut and more.

    InstaDeep, Oddigo, eMushrif, KitabSawti, and Checkout.com raise investments, Egypt's ArqamFC gets acquired, Uber's disappointing IPO debut and more.

    This week’s headlines:
    1. Oman’s eMushrif raises $1 million Pre-Series A
    2. Odiggo raises $180,000 seed
    3. ArqamFC gets acquired by UK’s StatsBomb.
    4. Uber stumbles almost 8% on stock market debut
    5. Abu Dhabi Investment Office launches $166 million Ghadan Ventures Fund
    6. InstaDeep raises $7 million Series A.
    7. Checkout.com, raises $230 million Series A
    8. Kitab Sawti, an Arabic audiobook platform, raises $6 million Series A


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    • 13 min
    WeWork to open its first space in Dubai this year, The Luxury Closet and Yumamia raise investments, Bayut expands to Saudi and Airbnb launches in Arabic.

    WeWork to open its first space in Dubai this year, The Luxury Closet and Yumamia raise investments, Bayut expands to Saudi and Airbnb launches in Arabic.

    Here's what's happening in the tech, startup and VC universe today:
    1. The Luxury Closet wraps up growth round with $11 million, acquires Hong Kong-based Guiltless
    2. Bayut expands to Saudi
    3. Yumamia raises $1.5 million Pre-Series A, plans expansion to Saudi
    4. Airbnb launches Arabic website and mobile app
    5. Exclusive: WeWork to open first coworking space in Dubai by Q4 2019

    • 9 min
    Resal, Xpay, and Little Thinking Minds raise investments, MAF acquires Wadi, Saudi approves new permanent residency permit, and more.

    Resal, Xpay, and Little Thinking Minds raise investments, MAF acquires Wadi, Saudi approves new permanent residency permit, and more.

    Here's what's happening in the tech, startup and VC universe today:

    1. Saudi approves new residency permit for entrepreneurs, investors, and skilled expatriates
    2. Dubai’s Majid Al Futtaim has acquires Wadi.com
    3. Saudi’s Resal raises $800,000 Pre-Series A
    4. Egypt’s XPay raises $250,000 Pre-seed
    5. Jordanian edtech startup Little Thinking Minds closes Series A with ~$1.8 million
    6. Deliveroo raises $575 million led by Amazon

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    • 11 min
    HungerStation's top execs leave, Glovo exits Egypt, Souq becomes Amazon, and more.

    HungerStation's top execs leave, Glovo exits Egypt, Souq becomes Amazon, and more.

    MenaBytes Headlines
    1. HungerStation’s COO, CMO & CHRO also leave amid ongoing leadership reshuffle by Delivery Hero
    2. Amazon rebrands Souq to launch Amazon.ae
    3. European on-demand delivery startup exits Egypt leaving over 40 employees and 3,000 delivery partners without work
    4. Dubai’s Kerning Cultures raises $460,000 seed for its Middle Eastern podcast network
    5.Pakistani motorbike-based ride-hailing and logistics startup Bykea raises $5.7 million in country’s largest Series A.

    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

smsalem_ ,

not a bad start

I like the content, but would definitely be more interesting if you can get a co-host as well as guests (though I guess the latter will be difficult without the subs now). Nevertheless, along with the website, podcast is my new go-to place for all things VC in MENA.

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