Irdriss Al Rifai & Joy Ajlouny Irdriss Al Rifai & Joy Ajlouny

Fetchr entered the UAE with the mission to transform the logistics industry, simply using an app, GPS and a physical address.

Irdriss Al Rifai met Joy Ajlouny, a fellow entrepreneur, in California where they shared a passion for logistics within the Middle East, or perhaps the challenges e-commerce companies face with shipping.

Ajlouny found huge success with her company Bonfaire – a Silicon Valley-based e-commerce platform for luxury footwear which was bought by Conde Nast and LVMH, while Al Rifai was head of operations for Middle Eastern shopping club, MarkaVIP.

The both combined their experience which resulted in Fetchr becoming the first Silicon Valley funded app, raising a total of $11m in Series A funding – 50% came from Silicon Valley, 30% from the United Kingdom and 20% from the UAE.

Fetchr’s success has not stopped there, this year it raised $41m in Series B funding round, from investors such as Majid Al Futtaim and New Enterprise Associates.

With a heavy investment round, the founders plan to expand their technology team by recruiting from the US, UK and Australia, plus the logistics company plans to extend its services to other countries in the region, including Oman and Jordan. 

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