Engage Me has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2017 Gulf Captial SME awards.
The awards, launched five years ago by MEED, celebrate the success, growth, and innovation of SMEs as well as entrepreneurs and business leaders in the UAE.
This year sees a significantly larger finalist pool than 2016, with 103 companies competing across a variety of categories.
According to the awards organisers, this indicates a growth in the quality of entrepreneurship in the UAE.
“More and more SMEs are reporting growth and are getting on the radar for their business accomplishments and growth. The current crop of finalists has a combined turnover of AED2.1bn, higher than the AED1.9bn total of the previous batch of finalists,” said Dr Karim El Solh, co-founder and CEO of Gulf Capital, one of the largest alternative asset management firms in the Middle East and the headline sponsor of the awards. “What these figures show us is the continued resilience of the SME sector in the UAE, and offers confidence that this inspiring performance of small businesses will have a ripple effect on the economy of the Emirates as a whole.”
Engage Me is competing in the Micro Business of the year category, “for businesses that that fill very niche needs or prove their ability to thrive even with the smallest and initial capital”.
Also competing in the category are: Absolute Communications Group, ActionCOACH, Carfax Education, Ethics Plus Public Accountants, Iconic Fitness, Intuit Management Consultancy, Jalboot Marine Network, Klug Toys, Omasi, Papabubble Caramels Artesans and The Camel Soap Factory.
Another company familiar to Engage Me readers, Fruitful Day, will meanwhile be looking to take top honours in the Start-up Business of the Year category.
The full list of finalists is available online. The shortlisted SMEs will go through another round of evaluation by the judging panel after which the final set of winners will be announced on 11 October 2017 at The Westin Mina Seyahi, Dubai.