SEED Group is a diversified company operating in industries including technology, healthcare, tourism & hospitality, and real estate. Since its conceptualization in 2000, the group has transformed into a front-runner in multiple business sectors. Our greatest strength lies in forming strategic partnerships with organizations looking to establish a strong presence in the GCC. Our advantage is the extensive knowledge and invaluable expertise we possess of the MENA business landscape and our commitment to advancing the interests of our partners. We strive to provide service excellence and a unique experience to all clients through our professional and passionate teams.
The group’s vision is simple. We seek to improve the quality of life for our customers by continuously improving our products, services, and delivery systems.
Our mission is to deliver to our customers what we promise them, and strive to exceed their expectations as much as possible.
As SEED Group, we are passionate about business in the region. This sentiment applies to our executives as well. Our management team is comprised of experienced entrepreneurs and industry specialists, bringing years of experience both internationally and in the GCC. They cultivate our strong culture, and work tirelessly to help our partners scale, grow, and succeed.
Dubai owes its transformation into a modern port city and commercial hub to one of the more successful rulers in the Middle East, the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. His famous line, "My grandfather rode a camel, my father rode a camel, I drive a Mercedes, my son drives a Land Rover, his son will drive a Land Rover, but his son will ride a camel." reflected his concern that Dubai's oil will run out in a decade or two. Thus he worked to build up an economy in Dubai that could survive the end of Dubai's oil boom.
Seed Group traces back its conceptualization to the time of independence of the United Arab Emirates. Strongly influenced by Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum’s famous lines; Seed Group has been an innovator and change leader growing from its modest beginnings to being one of the strong forces to reckon with in the region. We believe strongly in delivering winning business outcomes through our deep industry experience and a doing business harnessing the latest technology. Our focus is our clients and to create successful and adaptive businesses and solutions to keep them engaged and satisfied.
Seed Group is a market leader in its niche segments in the region. In the last few years which have been tumultuous for businesses across geographies; I am proud to say that Seed Group has not only survived but expanded its horizon of vision and operation and delivering solutions appreciated and haled by its clients.
In the coming years, Seed Group wants to continue exceeding our customer and stakeholder expectations and facilitate growth and prosperity for our economy. We look forward in the years to come to become a company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, a specialist's approach to delivering innovation and its commitment to sustainability, customer orientation and being thought and change leaders.
Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed Al Maktoum
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SEED Group has become a notable force in the technology, healthcare, hospitality, and telecommunications landscape in the GCC. We have achieved this with a combination of strategic partners, active ownership and business investments. There are two ways you can do business with us:
Over the past 16 years, we have formed strategic alliances with leading global companies representing diverse regions and industries. They have propelled their business interests and goals in the MENA region through our support and strong base of regional connections. Our goal is simple, to create mutually beneficial partnerships with multinational organizations and to accelerate their sustainable market entry and presence within the GCC.
At SEED Group, we are truly passionate about business in the region. We have a diverse mix of companies that we own and/or invest in. Through board participation, our regional experience, network and financial strength, we strive to make our companies best-in-class. Our brands and relationships are built on trust, integrity and an above-and-beyond delivery. If we cannot add significant value, we don’t invest.Find More...
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With over 18 years of experience in setting up and running new ventures in the MENA region, Mr. Algurg is a pioneer in the region for his visionary approach, high profile networking, and for concluding and managing large regional projects and investments worth more than 1.06 Billion USD.
Presently he is managing the private investments and strategic partnerships activities of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum. He is also the CEO of Al Fajer Investments & Development, an investment division of Al Fajer Enterprises, a holding group of companies owned by His Highness Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum. Both Sheikhs are members of the Royal family of Dubai.
As a CEO of Seed Group, he is managing 8 growing companies in 6 diversified industries with other UAE and International partners.
He is also the UAE sponsor of the Chinese petroleum giant “Sinopec Petroleum”. Sinopec Petroleum is one of the largest energy corporations in the world, headquartered in Beijing.
Hisham holds a computer science bachelor degree from Southwest Texas State University.
Grant Kirk is the Senior Director of International Ventures for the Seed MENA Group.
A strong background in International Sales & Marketing and Business Development gives Grant a wealth of experience across a diverse range of market verticals and regions. His strong leadership and big picture thinking in senior management roles in the Middle East being the catalyst in the success of helping companies fast tracking their revenue streams to achieve their goals.
Grant obtained a Diploma in Sales and Marketing Management from Technikon Witwatersrand, now Johannesburg University.
Talal Kocache is business development director and co-founder of a family business, with more than 10 years of experience in the UAE. Studied in Lebanon and wide experience of construction and contracting industry in the Middle East, Talal works on matter of strategic business development and project management for the group. Having studied in Concordia University and American University of Beirut. He has experience in international business, contract management, procurement and global trading which adds to his crucial insight in identifying high, value investment projects.
Zandile Mnguni is an events & communication specialist who has been organizing and managing international conferences and business courses for over 6 years. She has in-depth experience in developing marketing, communication, sales strategies for commercial events. Zandile’s career spans across countries such as the UK, USA, Canada, South Africa and the Middle East.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Corporate Communications from the University of Johannesburg in South Africa, where she graduated in 2009. Zandile is a South African citizen and belongs to the Zulu tribe. English is her primary language, however, she speaks 6 of the 11 official languages in South Africa.
The Private Office of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum recently celebrated the opening of its first international operations in Sydney, an economic hub of Australia. Established to leverage the surge in the number of Australian companies setting up in the UAE, it will act as a strategic partner for companies looking to export their products and services into the UAE.
“The Private Office’s Australian office will allow us to widen our reach in key industries that align with our country’s current and future growth plans. Establishing in Sydney will allow us to expand our core teams to promote mutual investment and support the growth we are experiencing.” said Hisham Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer for The Private Office of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum. “The Sheikh is very excited about the expansion and this move represents his commitment to continue to build on the successes we have accomplished.”
He added that The Private Office links the right people, knowledge and resources to bring about the strongest possible outcome. The company offers their partners support and exposure that will directly benefit the Australian and UAE relations and greater economic growth.
The Private Office was established by His Highness Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed Al Maktoum to directly invest in potential business opportunities in the region which meets the private office investment criteria.
Leveraging on the wealth of expertise of the Private Office’s management team, we aim to attract smart and ambitious business projects, thoroughly evaluate their market potential and comprehensively assess their potential and risk. Our strategy targets sectors and markets where the United Arab Emirates has a distinctive and significant competitive advantage such as tourism, real estate, media, technology, and banking.
For information contact,
Kevin Arnold - Executive Director,
The Private Office of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum
Zandile Mnguni - Director Communications,
The Private Office of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum
+971 4 3797 333
Golden Crown Foods LLC (GCFL) a subsidiary of SEED Group, is set to satiate the appetites of the 810,000 plus Filipinos living in the UAE by signing a joint agreement with Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) that will see Jollibee restaurants opening up across the nation.
Established and now a market leader in the Philippines with more than 811 outlets, Jollibee is a hugely popular restaurant chain serving American-style fast-food with Filipino-influenced dishes.
Mrs. Hala Badri, CEO of UAE-based Golden Crown, said “the agreement was timely and exciting for the UAE.” “The Middle East hosts one of the largest concentrations of overseas Filipino workers so we have an established fan base here. We’re looking forward to introducing the rest of the UAE to Jollibee’s delicious menu and friendly atmosphere. The restaurant’s extensive range of dishes is sure to be a hit with both expats and locals.
“The growth potential is exciting based on the popularity of the existing Jollibee restaurants in the Middle East. We’re very encouraged by the results posted by the 16 existing Jollibee restaurants located in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait with sales last year rising 28%.
Dates for opening the chain in the UAE are yet to be announced.
Golden Crown LLC is a subsidiary of SEED Group of companies, owned by Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum. The group has been operating in the UAE since 2004 in diversified industries such as Legal Services, Telecommunications, Food & Beverages, Trading, Interior & Architectural Design, and Media Production. (www.seedgroup.com).
JFC operates the largest food service network in the Philippines with 2,181 stores, including Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal and Burger King. The Jollibee Group has 583 stores overseas. For further information or images, please contact: Lena Arkawi - Marketing & PR Director
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Etisalat Group has announced today signing of Group Framework Agreement across its 16 operation with UAE based company VICOM, a member of SEED Group, to introduce Ad funded Calls Service as a groundbreaking method for Digital Advertising Medium. Ad Funded Call Service which is also known as YPAY. provide customers with a free call or mobile data in exchange for viewing or listening to an advertisement.
Mr. Khalifa Al Shamsi - Chief Digital Officer at Etisalat Group “Digital Advertising in the MENA has been growing rapidly and substantially. It has increased from 10% in 2011 to reach to 13% from the total ad spend in 2104 with a continuation to grow up to 18% in 2017. This is due mainly to important things, One is that our purchasing habits has been changed to be more digital and Second brands are hungry to have a more interactive relationship with their customers. The only medium that will secure such requirement is Digital Advertising.”
“With that on mind and on the fact that Etisalat is striving to keep its 145 Million customers connected in the most advanced ways possible. We are pleased to introduce yet another way of staying in touch with friends and family – and adding value and benefits along the way. So it’s not only the minutes and mobile data that customers will get for free but also the special offers, discounts and deals that are of interest to them and based within in local area in an extremely targeted, specialized method of advertising. It’s that Simple” Mr. Al Shamsi added.
Mr Hisham AlGurg, CEO of VICOM, said working with Etisalat to bring YPAY to Etisalat footprint is an honor, and that the partnership would provide excellent opportunities not only for consumers but equally for SMEs as well” “YPAY offers SMEs and start-ups an exceptional opportunity to communicate with their targeted customers in a unique and cost effective manner. In addition, it provides an extremely efficient way for businesses to diversify the scope and reach of their advertising campaigns” Mr. Al Gurg added.
Etisalat will offer complete campaign performance metrics, enabling advertisers to monitor results and performance, adjust budgets, pause or delete any campaign, and analyze the usage of the service via an online dedicated portal. Etisalat is aiming to capture at least 20% of its existing customer base of 145 million with the YPAY advertising solution.
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Vodafone, the leading global telecom player has signed a partnership agreement with Dubai-based Seed Group. This pact gives Vodafone xone’s startups access to the UAE market. Vodafone xone is Vodafone’s venture capital, incubation, and entrepreneurship support unit.
The agreement was signed by Eng. Khaled Hegazy, Vodafone Egypt External Affairs & Legal Director, and Mr. Hesham Al-Gurg, Seed Group CEO. The ceremony was attended by His Excellency Mr. Atef Helmy, Egypt’s Minister of Communications & Information Technology. Helmy praised this promising partnership that strengthens cooperation between Egypt and the UAE and unlocks new development opportunities in the telecom sector.
Eng. Khaled Hegazy said “We at Vodafone Egypt are happy with this new partnership that confirms Vodafone Xone’s role in supporting promising projects and helping them grow through investment, incubation and business development services.” He reiterated Vodafone’s commitment to support entrepreneurship as an important pillar for developing the telecom sector and revitalizing the Egyptian economy.
Mr. Hisham Al-Gurg stated, “We did not hesitate to partner with Vodafone; as we realize the innovation and ambitions of the Vodafone Xone entrepreneurs. We will provide all the support needed to the Xone companies in the UAE relying on our expertise in the UAE market.”
The signing ceremony took place at the Egyptian Ministry of Communications & Information Technology booth in GITEX Exhibition in Dubai. It was attended by a substantial number of Egyptian telecom journalists, UAE telecom officials, and GITEX visitors. Furthermore, three of Xone’s startups (Eshtery, Eventtus, Gyrolabs) were represented at the Egyptian booth.
In partnership with Seed Group, Casa Forma, the London based bespoke luxury interior and architectural design firm will be headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, offering its luxury design and property search services to the MENA region by December 2012.
Casa Forma’s strategy is to expand to the MENA region to provide discerning clientele bespoke interior and architectural design for high end residential, commercial, hospitality, marine, and aviation sectors.
Casa Forma has won 2 International Design & Architectural Awards in 2011, and a UK Property Award in 2012 highlighting Casa Forma’s exceptional luxury design capabilities.
For more information about Casa Forma, visit their website at www.casaforma.co.uk
Seed Telecom entered into a regional marketing contract with the CellulAD Group. CellulAD Communications private limited is a mobile applications & advertising company. The company develops powerful, yet simple-to-use, inclusive mobile applications for mobile and landline subscribers.
The primary objective of the cooperation is to expand CellulAD value added products and services into the MENA region by capitalizing on Seed Telecom’s strong connections with regional mobile operators.
The contract will see Seed Telecom strengthen its already established presence in Telecommunication Consulting.
Seed Group signs a joint venture deal with Tambi Studios. Tambi studios is a film video and post production studio offering international production companies and advertising agencies a ‘one stop shop’ in film and video production. The contract sees Seed Group venture into a new division of Media Production.
The new division inconsonance with Tambi Studios will work on various creative initiatives including corporate marketing videos, restoration of old media, and radio & TV commercials.
For more information about Tambi Studios, visit their website at www.tambistudios.com