Emaar, Dubai’s premiere real estate developer, has revealed that it will be selling off ownership rights to the eCommerce fashion platform Namshi, which it has owned outright since 2019, after purchasing a 51% stake back in 2017.
Namshi is being acquired by rival company Noon, who will pay $335.2 million for the acquisition, a price set by an independent valuer and approved via Dubai’s Securities & Commodities Authority. The figure represents a hefty profit for Emaar, who paid $281 in total for full ownership of the company.
“The company would like to announce that its board of directors has, in principle, approved the sale of Namshi to Noon (subject to the approval of the Noon board of directors). Detailed information will be disclosed once the approval of Noon’s board is received formally,” says Ahmad Thani Rashed Al Matrooshi, board member at Emaar.
The move will considerably consolidate the region’s eCommerce space, as Noon and Namshi are two of the biggest online retailers in the United Arab Emirates, with shopping giant Amazon taking the top spot.
Noon was founded in 2017 by Mohamed Alabbar, the founder of Emaar properties, along with help from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. The sale is the second major investment switch for Emaar, who recently bought a stake in the Dubai Creek Harbour development for a massive $2 billion.
LEAP 2024 Will Shine A Light On Female Innovators In Technology
Women comprise nearly a third of the event’s speaker lineup alongside a dedicated program of high-level content, investment, and mentorship.
LEAP 2024, a premier global technology event, will highlight the achievements of women in the technology sector as it returns for its third edition at the Riyadh Exhibition and Convention Centre in Malham district from March 4 to 7.
Hosted by Tahaluf, a strategic collaboration between Informa PLC, the Events Investment Fund (EIF), and the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones (SAFCSP), LEAP 2024 will feature a dedicated program titled “Women in Tech”. The program will offer enriching content, investment opportunities, networking sessions, mentorship programs, and a special startup award.
The initiative aims to inspire women to actively participate in the technology industry, aligning with broader diversity efforts. Reflecting the Kingdom’s commitment to equality, the focus on “Women in Tech” coincides with the increasing female participation at LEAP events.
Annabelle Mander, Senior Vice President of Tahaluf, emphasized the event’s commitment to gender inclusivity, stating, “Female representation is across all of LEAP’s features and reflects the event’s mission of driving economic diversification and providing market access to international business. Within Tahaluf itself, half of our team members are women, and women make up half of our SMT, too”.
The “Women in Tech” program will feature distinguished speakers including Nadine Hachach Haram, CEO and Founder of Proximie, and Sahar Albanarna from IMPACTIQUE Bahrain, who explained: “Over 26 million women worldwide with professional experience and degrees are not in the global workplace. This demographic includes a huge pool of untapped talent which technology can help unleash to fuel the co-creation of exponential solutions across multiple sectors. To help women access productive employment, we urge industry leaders to support high-impact female entrepreneurs as a means to boost their economies and accelerate the UN’s sustainable development goals by promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth”.
The event will also provide a platform for female-led startups and entrepreneurs to pitch for funding and support through various initiatives such as the Women’s Investor Forum, Entrepreneur Mentorship Scheme, and the Aviatrix Award at the Rocket Fuel pitch competition, offering a prize fund of US$150,000.