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Happy 49th UAE National Day

Happy UAE National Day, everyone!

The UAE is special to us. It is where four of our founders met at some point in their life growing up - school, mutual friends, through projects, and events... and then came together again years later to bring a mere idea to life.

And so, Kitopi was born...but our founders were far from alone.

Today, three years later, Kitopi is 1000+ Kitopians from over 50 different nationalities all working towards the same mission of satisfying the world’s appetite.

So we asked a few Kitopians who have grown up in the country to tell us what the UAE means to them, and unsurprisingly, they all had a similar thing to say.

Check it out below:


The UAE has been home for 26+ years - my family came out here in the last 60s! It’s a country that has given us so much - opportunity, friends, and tons of memories. For me personally, the UAE shows you that hard work and innovation are rewarded with success - no matter what nationality and gender you are. And the world-class lifestyle and melting pot culture make it an amazing place to live.

Ekta Bhojwani, VP Consumer & Partnerships, Kitopi


I love UAE’s boldness, in pushing the boundaries of possibilities. It is the closest to what I can imagine a city in the form of a startup, agile, quick, and forward-thinking

Saman Darkan, CTO & Co-founder, Kitopi


The UAE is home for me; it’s where I spent most of my life; where I started my business and fell in love with Kitopi’s vision of food tech, started my family, and had my 3 kids. I feel so blessed to c

all Dubai home and so grateful for all the opportunities it has given me.

Nathalie Haddad, VP Subscriptions, Kitopi & Founder of Right Bite


It’s where I grew up with my family, started my own little family, and founded Kitopi - my work family.

I feel inspired here - thanks to the constant innovation…it’s precisely what inspired me to be an entrepreneur.

I feel happy here - the UAE is inclusive and diverse. At Kitopi alone, we have 50+ nationalities in just 3 years, and it is all thanks to the country's exceptional leadership.

I feel like I belong - always challenging the status quo, the UAE is always striving to be number 1. This aligns with my own values to always be first and the best, something I try to empower my children and colleagues with but also learn from them in return.

So, the UAE is a lot of things to me, but most importantly it’s home.

Mo Ballout, CEO & Co-founder, Kitopi


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