Young Entrepreneur of the Year

NYU Abu Dhabi sophomore Mohammed Amine Belarbi delivers a lecture — to a global online audience.

The 3rd Arabian Business Achievement Awards recently celebrated the UAE’s most impressive achievers in the growing startup and small-medium business sector. NYUAD student Mohamed Amine Belarbi (Class of 2016) was named Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Belarbi's ventures have crossed a number of sectors including cybersecurity, e-commerce, and media. In his freshman year, he launched an online publication for entrepreneurs that today draws an average of 70,000 readers per month to its English and Arabic editions.

Originally from Morocco, Belarbi is a past recipient of the Siemens Middle East Award and Technopreneur Award (Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development in partnership with Abu Dhabi University) and has an engineering patent pending on a device that harvests moisture from the air for cleaning hard-to-reach surfaces like solar panels or skyscraper windows.

Belarbi, 20, is also releasing a new book next year in Spain that teaches young people how to succeed as entrepreneurs given today's realities, challenges and opportunities.