Careem UAE GM to be keynote speaker at Arabian Business Startup Academy on June 18

Event will showcase recent transport and automobile-related start-ups
Careem, Uae


Gheed El Makkaoui, the General Manager of Careem in the UAE, will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Arabian Business Startup Academy, which will take place on June 18.

At the previous academy in March the Careem was the talk of the event as it made headlines across the region and beyond when it announced the Dubai-based ride-hailing start-up was to the acquired by Uber as part of a $3.1 billion deal.

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El Makkaoui’s role has been to oversee Careem’s growth across three verticals - ride-hailing, deliveries, and new ventures - as well as managing a team of over 40 staff members.

With over 9 years of experience in strategic consulting and management she has continued to lead Careem to greater growth, creating jobs, and bringing affordable mobility to millions of people and will be at the event to give an insight into her role and how Careem became one of the biggest and most successful start-ups in the region.

Continuing the automobile and transport theme, we will have a Q&A session with Hasib Khan, CEO and founder of Udrive, the app-based pay-per-minute car rental service which recently announced it had won $5 million in a Series B round of funding. Khan will be on hand to explain how he secured the funding and the company’s journey since it was set up in 2017.

Rounding out our focus on all things car-related, Khan and El Makkaoui will join a panel looking at the ecosystem for start-ups in the UAE and how companies can go from start-ups to global names like Careem.

Driving growth

Joining the panel will be two new start-ups to the region, Gaurav Sharma, founder of and Adam Whitnall, founder of, who will give their perspective as they start on the road to success.

Details of the other panels and speakers at the Arabian Business Academy will be released shortly.

The event itself will start at 9:30 and will be finished by about noon and will take place at Lets Work, a co-working space at Level M2, Rove Dubai Marina.

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