Saygin Yalcin

Published on February 12th, 2018 | by SayginYalcin


Saygin honored to be part of the World Government Summit

This is why I am proud to be in the UAE. Land of opportunities, land of inspiration.
Honored to be featured at the World Government Summit in Dubai in the presence of

HRH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, HRH Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, HRH

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, HRH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum and many


Zayed the Inspirer.

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World Government Summit: Story platform named Zayed the Inspirer is launched

“When a house is unified, the homeland is unified and as long as our home is unified, all challenges will be easily surpassed,” Sheikh Saif bin Zayed told an audience

A global database for inspirational stories from around the world was launched by Sheikh Saif bin Zayed at the World Government Summit in Dubai on Sunday.

The Global Inspiration Platform – Zayed the Inspirer,, will serve as a source of inspiration for all humanity with the aim of driving success and creativity, he said.

“The late Sheikh Zayed visited countries in the 1950s and 1960s and he wanted to take this experience to the UAE,” said the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior during his talk on the ‘Land of Inspiration and Opportunities’.

“He did not have the capacity nor the funding to do it but he had the inspiration to do so. We are lucky to have reached this level and younger generations should see the extent of the potential they have and look forward to the future.”

He said the platform would be shared with the world.

“[It’s about] the success through which we can develop our own selves and the rest of the world through successful experiences, at a personal level or international level,” he said.

“We have not reached this level only though the leadership and positive citizenship but also through our vision to reach comprehensive straightforwardness.”

He showed the audience videos of successful local companies, owned by both Emiratis and expatriates, including, Al Nasser Holdings, Careem and

“I am convinced that successes do not happen separately but collectively due to efforts, interaction and positivity,” Sheikh Saif said. “When a house is unified, the homeland is unified and as long as our home is unified, all challenges will be easily surpassed.”

He said by educating and empowering youth in households, the first step is already achieved.

“We have to be industrious in our own efforts,” he said. “Success is a mix of inspiration, hard work and serious action.

“Today, we are being taught about positive energy but we also find this in an old Arabic saying which says ‘be optimistic and you will find this goodness on your own road’.”

He spoke about successful countries and cities, known for their achievements, such as Germany as the land of enlightened thoughts, the United States as the land of dreams, Canada the land of opportunity, India the land of wonders and Paris the city of lights.

“These titles have meanings in them and they are interlinked with reaching success,” he said.

“The most important [point] of that is that the human being is at the core – he took the opportunity and was able to transform challenges into opportunities.

“I have come to the conclusion that the UAE and the leadership is the land of inspiration.”

Sheikh Saif said the UAE’s leaders looked at the future as an opportunity and a challenge.

“The challenge starts as soon as you face it and change it into an opportunity,” he said.

“We believe God gave us the ability through learning and exploring the new, when it comes to space and Mars for example, Masdar and clean energy, the fourth Industrial Revolution, Artificial Intelligence and Expo 2020 – all these initiatives happened because of the inspiration of the leadership that became a beacon for everyone else.”

He said inspiration was part of the personality of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, President of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and all the country’s leaders.

“They pass down this inspiration to us and we promise to make our very best to achieve [their] vision and policies,” he added.

“The UAE is the land of inspiration, as it also ranked number 1 globally throughout 2017 in a number of fields, including property rights between genders, preservation efforts, government decisions and government procurement of advanced technologies.”

When speaking of success, he showed pictures of a gazelle and a lion and quoted Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid’s book My Vision.

“He says ‘Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up, it knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle – when the sun comes up, you’d better be running’,” he said. “It is not important whether you are a lion or a gazelle, with every morning, you have to know you have to run to achieve success.”

Source: The National


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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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