On February 8th, 2023, Arabian Business revealed its “Dubai 100” most powerful and influential thought leaders and businesspeople operating in the UAE. Yalla Group’s President, Saifi Ismail, expressed his privilege to be recognized amongst a diverse group of accomplished professionals from across the region.
The “Dubai 100” Power List is carefully compiled by the editorial board of Arabian Business, the Middle East’s premier business news resource for C-level executives and the affluent business community, showcasing the most inspirational, influential and successful entrepreneurs and business leaders in the emirate.
Mr. Saifi Ismail took rein as the President of Yalla Group in 2019, which went public during his tenure, becoming UAE’s first unicorn tech company to be listed on the NYSE. Mr. Ismail’s deep understanding of local markets and broad knowledge of the Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) sector has been instrumental in driving value and growth for Yalla on a regional and global scale. As part of his fruitful career journey, Mr. Ismail held a number of senior-level positions with leading multinational and local tech firms such as Huawei, ZTE Corporation, NetComm Wireless and Etisalat.
Under the leadership of an experienced management team propelled by unmatched in-depth local knowledge of the Middle East markets, Yalla Group is well positioned to capture the massive business opportunities in the region. The company remains dedicated to building the most popular destination for online social networking and entertainment activities in MENA, while promoting the development of local digital economies and reinforcing the cultural values and traditions of different markets.