Sunday, 8 December 2013

@property_finder @PFUAE named SME of the Year at the Arabian Business Start up Awards’s winning streak seems to continue with the UAE’s leading property portal being awarded the SME of the Year title at the inaugural Arabian Business Start up Awards on Tuesday, 3rd December. The UAE's finest start-ups, SMEs and entrepreneurs gathered at Emirates Towers to recognise and celebrate the endeavour, innovation and entrepreneurship of the UAE’s small business sector. was selected by an editorial panel of judges as the SME of the Year for the huge surge in visits to the website in recent years and the group’s rapid expansion across the Middle East. Founded in 2007, the portal today offers more than 90,000 residential and commercial listings in English and Arabic and is a top port of call for property seekers across the emirate.

The award also follows the website’s recent win at the 2013 Gulf Capital SMEinfo Awards and recognition as one of Dubai’s top 100 SMEs. CEO and Founder, Michael Lahyani and Managing Director and Partner, Renan Bourdeau received the award on behalf of the company. “Commenting on the company’s success Lahyani said, “It’s amazing to see how many online businesses have been recognised. If these awards were held three years ago, you'd barely see an Internet company mentioned at all. We’re really witnessing the digitisation of many businesses in the region. This is a once in a lifetime phenomenon and an enormous opportunity for the entrepreneurs of the Middle East. So thank you to Arabian Business for recognising this.”

Adding to Lahyani’s sentiment, Bourdeau said, “The number of Internet and social media users in the country has increased significantly and given the upsurge in Internet-related businesses in the region, Dubai could soon become the Silicon Valley of the Middle East. As one of the pioneers of online real estate in the UAE, we look to continually focus on delivering the best online experience both for our users and our customers.”

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