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28 December 2017 04:23 pm

Startup of the Week: Qatar’s 10 unique startups of 2017

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Every week ILQ features a different startup in a segment called ‘Startup of the Week’. Qatar has some of the most creative, unique, and impactful startups in the region. We cover different startups across various industries in Doha, from fashion and beauty to food and dining, to health and education, and more! This week we’re doing a special edition of Startup of the Week where we look back at some of the startups that we featured in the past year. 

Here are 10 of most unique startups out of the many startups that we’ve spotlighted. 

Wanasah
No more boring cab rides! 

Make your journeys around Doha more enjoyable with Wanasah. Similar to ‘in-flight’ entertainment, Wanasah provides ‘in-cab’ entertainment, information and advertisements to passengers who take taxis or private limos to commute around Doha. 

Urban Arabian
Modern fashion with a cultural twist

A homegrown Qatari clothing line, Urban Arabian blends both Arabian culture and modern urban streetwear to create unique designs. This local brand incorporates a lot of Khaleeji elements into very “street-style” clothing. A number of their more popular items include hats, hoodies, and t-shirts.

Suncart
Order groceries at your fingertips!

Suncart is a local incubation startup through Qatar Foundation’s Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP). It’s a delivery platform that allows users to order groceries online for delivery right to their door. Retailers can feature their items on the app and use Suncart’s transportation network to carry out deliveries. Now that's ajeeb!

Bothayna Designs
Trend meets culture

Another super cool brand that offers a unique blend of Khaleeji culture and pop culture, Bothayna Designs keeps ahead of the trend game. Buthaina Al Zaman, the creative genius behind the brand, creates custom shirts, phone covers, tote bags, pillows and more!

Jaldi
Need quick and quality services? 

A new startup that was recently founded, Jaldi offers a reliable way for users to book top-rated professionals, lets them monitor the progress of bookings, and provides a rating system so that quality service can be maintained for other users. If you need a plumber, an electrician, or even a handyman, you can book through Jaldi’s app, website or even their WhatsApp number.

Meddy
Find a doctor at the click of a button!

Meddy.co helps you locate the best doctors and specialists in Doha based on a database of patient reviews as well as credentials. This startup helps residents and visitors alike in Qatar to make the informed health decisions and also ensures quality healthcare services.

Vitality.qa
Ensuring safe drug use.

Vitality.qa began as a university entrepreneurship class project at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMUQ). The idea stemmed from stories of individuals experiencing side effects when intaking many different medications at once. What Vitality QA does is help people compare drug interactions of medications against each other especially when people have to take more than one medication at a time. This unique startup was launched to serve as a medication interaction checker based in Qatar.

FEEDeology
An efficient dining experience

A startup about food?! Sign us up! FEEDeology is an app that personalizes the communication and interaction between staff and guests. People who use FEEDeology can customize and place their orders, and even manage their bill. Efficiency is key! 

Tazweed
Car care made easy!

An online platform, Tazweed acts as a middleman between car owners and suppliers that offer car-related services all over the GCC. Tazweed aims to improve car care efficiency through its different services for users, such as displaying and comparing prices, enabling buyers to order and sell car parts and find services for their cars such as mechanics, tuners, painters, tints/car wrap shops, and more.

Oola 
Modest sportswear for women

One of the first local brands in Qatar to promote modest sportswear for women, Oola offers contemporary and loose-fitting sportswear and sports hijabs. Oola is currently incubated at Qatar Business Incubation Center (QBIC) and advocates building a community centered around health and wellness. Oola’s aim is to make sports and outdoor activities accessible to more women out there.

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