8 Saudi Innovators Who Have Changed The Business World

Hera Shabbir

Saudi Arabia has become home to many successful business minds!

With famous artists, singers, and even entrepreneurs, it is home to much diversity. These 8 men have set out worldwide to create unique and innovative business ideas. Each uniquely successful than the other, each entrepreneur has lead the business world towards progression.

Abdulaziz Al Jouf

Abdulaziz, based in Bahrain, is a Saudi entrepreneur and founder of PayTabs.

Paytabs is a payment processing company, that has a total of $20 Million investment, dealing with payments from several MENA countries.

Both the company and Abdulaziz have received many awards.

Abdullah Elyas

 Abdullah is the co-founder and CPO of the famous transportation company, Careem. The company has a net-worth of $1.2 billion.

He has worked with numerous big names such as Mercedes Benz and even the World Exhibition Expo 2000.

Ahmad Alzaini

Ahmad is the co-founder and CEO of the company Foodics, a POS cloud-based technology, specializing in restaurant inventory and management.

He studied electrical engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, and was even named a high-impact entrepreneur by Endeavor Global, back in 2018.

Ahmed AlBader

CEO and Co-founder of Sihatech, Ahmed’s company aims to be the premium provider of technology solutions to the healthcare industry in the Kingdom. He aims to improve access, quality and reliability in healthcare.

Ahmed was also an advisor for the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue. He also holds a Master’s degree from the University of Oxford.

Ammar Waganah


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Ammar is the CEO of Dokkan Afkar, which is an online shopping website. The company has a $2 million investment, and has a variety of items ranging from electronics, to gifts, clothes and cosmetics.

Ammar also previously worked at Unilever, and is a graduate of the University of Wales, and holds an MBA in Marketing.

Hatem Kameli

Hatem is the founder of three companies, iClick, Resal, and Lucidya. iClick is a digtal consulting agency, Lucidiya deals with AI and social media analytics, and Resal is a gifting platform in MENA.

Hatem has worked in many diverse markets including media, banking, startups, and even airlines.

Osama M. Ashri

Osama is the founder of, Saudi Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, a platorm that tackles the efforts of stakeholders and entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia.

He also holds experience in strategy development, and is also a board member at Wadi Makkah.

Zain-Alabdin Tawfiq

Zain is the founder of social networking service, Sarahah, a platform used to anonymously communicate with co-workers and friends.  He had previously worked at Saudi Aramco as a financial and manpower planning analyst.

He holds a Bachelor’s of Computer Science from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM).

All these businessmen successfully represented the diversity of business in the Kingdom! From online shopping to healthcare technology, these guys got it all!


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