Of new hopes and promises: A journey from 2022 to 2023

Of new hopes and promises: A journey from 2022 to 2023

Op-ed by Hisham Al Gurg, CEO, Seed Group and the Private Office of Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed Al Maktoum


The new year is upon us. This annual period is usually defined by an unsaid rule and a globally accepted ritual—that is, to reflect and plan. People all over the world take this time to set new goals, find new resolutions to work on, and prepare for the coming months well in advance—all with the aim of starting a new year on the right foot.

We’re doing the same. Looking back, we can safely say that 2022 was a milestone year for us at Seed Group, a company of the Private Office of His Highness Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed Al Maktoum. It was rather so for most of the businesses in Dubai, a city that did exceptionally well in a year that was marked by global worries about recession. Dubai has one of the most diversified economies in the world today, and in 2022, the emirate will have prospered in creating one of the most alluring corporate environments too.

In 2022, for several reasons, Dubai became a favorite among businesses and investors from all over the world. The city’s excellent infrastructure, cutting-edge technology, a broad and multicultural talent pool, and a number of business-friendly government initiatives together contributed to making 2022 a year of growth for the city.

At Seed Group, we followed suit. Under the able guidance of our CEO, Hisham Al Gurg, and the overarching vision of the city’s inspiring leadership, Seed Group onboarded a good number of strategic partners in 2022, from the east coast to the west coast of the world.

Hisham Al Gurg, CEO of Seed Group and the Private Office of Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed Al Maktoum

This year, with an aim to create mutually beneficial partnerships with our strategic partners and to help them enhance their presence and accelerate their sustainable market entry into the Middle Eastern region, we launched our acceleration program and investment program. Under these programs we began providing companies from abroad looking to set up a base in Dubai with holistic guidance to help them better understand the nuances of the MENA market and turn their venture into a profitable one.

This year, we also got a chance to expand our horizons by working with companies and organizations from a wide range of industries, and we helped several companies make it big in the region, most of them working in technology and related sectors. Our partnerships have added immense value to the fast-growing innovation-led tech environment in the city and the country. Something we rejoice in and will always remember about this year.

Overall, 2022 brought endless opportunities, and with those opportunities came valuable learnings that in turn assisted us in forging new partnerships with impactful organizations around the world. We are grateful for the year gone by and look forward to the new one with renewed energy and a clearer vision of empowering the business and economic landscape of Dubai and the UAE.

How would you sum up 2022, and what are your goals for 2023? Share your thoughts with us.

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