Published on October 7th, 2013 | by SayginYalcin


Saygin Yalcin on “Eye on Careers” show

Click here to listen to the interview: Saygin Yalcin on “Eye on Careers” show – October 2013

Saygin Yalcin is a German entrepreneur with Turkish descent. He is best known as the Founder & CEO of, Founder of the first and largest online private shopping club in the Middle East, and Partner at Jabbar Internet Group, the holding company that emerged through the sale of the world’s largest Arab online community to Yahoo! in September 2009. Saygin is also Partner at Group, the largest ecommerce company in the Arab world owning companies, such as, and QExpress. Moreover, Saygin is Academic Lecturer of Entrepreneurship and Ecommerce at the Canadian University of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

In 2011, Saygin has been awarded as one of the United Arab Emirates’ Hot 100 personalities and, in 2012, nominated for the country’s “Personality of the Year” award by ITP, the UAE’s largest publishing group.

Something you wouldn’t know about Saygin is he wanted to become an aesthetic plastic surgeon and conducted a voluntary internship as a nurse. One day in a surgery in a central hospital in Germany his fellow nurse and boss said, before she fired him — “You would be the worst doctor, but the best business man”.

And that’s where it all started for Saygin Yalcin.

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Source: Radio Dubai Eye, 103.8 FM, Eye on Careers show with Shane Phillips

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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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