Freelancing is one of the most powerful economies in the world. Approximately 34% of the total US workforce are freelancers. By 2020, this percentage will probably grow to 50%.

But what about the MENA region? 

There are many people in the MENA region who either can’t get a traditional job, or they would prefer to work in a different way., a company founded in Dubai in 2012, created the first marketplace for freelancers and independent contractors across the Middle East and North Africa.

In Arabic, Nabbesh means “search.” Today, is a part of a solution to the high unemployment across the region.

Loulou Khazen Baz, the founder of has also launched Fursati, meaning “my opportunity”, a pilot social programme to connect Gulf-based businesses with qualified Palestinian freelancers.  According to Loulou, this programme is a business opportunity with great impact since 52% of Palestine’s university graduates were unemployed in the second quarter of 2015.

“Start-ups have to hire freelancers on a regular basis and normally need a lot of support when it comes to talent, and early stage start-ups don’t have the money to hire someone on a full time basis. Entrepreneurs can benefit from this, and have access to this talent,” Baz says.

As an English and Arabic platform, has helped many start-ups, SMEs and multinational companies.

So far, has connected over 5,000, mostly UAE-based companies with a community of over 80,000 freelancers from the MENA region.  

However, doesn’t stop there. Their marketplace actually attracts talent from over 100 cities across the world, which means that Nabbesh is not only empowering local economies through work, but it can also be compared to global freelance communities such as Upwork, Freelancer and others.

High unemployment remains one of the biggest problems in the MENA region, but hopes remain high as freelance hubs like Nabbesh keep offering massive job opportunities in the local market.

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