Published on November 12th, 2011 | by SayginYalcin


Best in Dubai: Personalities of the Year

Introducing the Best in Dubai nominees for Personality of the Year

Check out the movers and shakers who have taken Dubai by storm. Whether they’re helping to build the local community or forging ahead in business, these are the top 10 personalities in Dubai.


Saygin Yalcin, Founder and President

Founder and President of, Saygin Yalcin is the man behind the multi-million dollar online shopping club. With a membership base of one million private shoppers, more than 120 employees and offices in Dubai, New York City and Istanbul, Saygin has been able to provide his clients with deals of up to 90 per cent off on lifestyle brands. All this within less than 18 months.

“In this business, it is all about working together to overcome the challenges of an enterprise that spans nine markets and nine cultures. At we are proud of what we have achieved and flattered by our members’ reception of this business model. We look forward to an even wider presence in the coming year,” says Saygin.

Saygin also has an MBA and is fluent in German, English, Spanish and Turkish. Moreover, as the head representative of the big European investment fund Springstar, he is opening doors for young entrepreneurs, who are passionate about starting their own business in the region.

How do you feel about being nominated for Best in Dubai Personality of the Year?
Taking into consideration that I moved to Dubai less than two years ago, I’m very happy to be nominated for this award. I hope that I can inspire many more entrepreneurs and further grow e-commerce in the region, with Dubai being a pioneer market.

What achievement in life are you most proud of?
I’m proud of my world-class team and happy to have created more than 100 jobs within one year.

If you could have one wish granted, what would it be and why?
I don’t wish or hope. I set goals and take every hurdle as a challenge. So far, there hasn’t been a challenge my team and I couldn’t handle. It is just a matter of time. Hence, our internal motto is “speed”.



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About the Author

Saygin is the Founder & CEO of the Middle East's (ME) first & largest car buying service, and Founder of the first & largest online private shopping club in the ME,, which has been acquired by, making him Partner at the and Jabbar Internet Group, becoming the largest ecommerce company in the Arab world, with 3000+ employees. In its largest acquisition outside the US to date, has acquired Group. He has been selected as a UBS Industry Leader, a network of Ultra-High-Net-Worth Individuals. He was also Advisory Board Member & Academic Lecturer of Entrepreneurship at the Canadian University of Dubai. He was referred to as "the region's online business guru" by the National newspaper in the UAE, while Arabian Business named him as "one of the region's finest young entrepreneurs and a major part of the entrepreneurial scene in recent years". Fortune magazine (mag) named him in the 40 under 40 list, as one of the most influential young people in business, Entrepreneur mag ME awarded, with Saygin at its helm, as the "Fastest Growing Company in the ME", while the National newspaper sees it among a handful of tech companies to "have the potential to break the $1bn barrier". In a cover story, Entrepreneur mag ME titled him as "undoubtedly one of the youngest & most successful internet entrepreneurs in the ME”, awarded as "Technology Innovator of the Year”, while Khaleej Times awarded him as the Technology Leader. Gulf Business selected him as 1 of the Top 10 Entrepreneurs in ME. In a cover story, Arabian Business counts him as 1 of the most successful entrepreneurs to call Dubai home. During the World Government Summit, HH Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed, Minister of Interior of the UAE, presented Saygin as an inspiring story for the country, in the presence of world leaders, incl. HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

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