Our top stories from 2019

The biggest story to emerge this year was Uber’s acquisition of Careem in March. The deal, worth $3.1 billion, was the largest startup exit for the Middle East and North Africa (Mena), marking a pivotal moment for entrepreneurship in the region.

Over this past year at Wamda, we have strived to create content that analyses the trends, opportunities and challenges for the startup ecosystem. With each passing year, Mena’s startup ecosystem develops and cements itself as one of the key pillars of the economy.

Below is a small sample of the most-read articles of the year, highlighting interest not only in the Careem exit, but wider developments in entrepreneurship across the region. 

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