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Founded 2002
Founders Ihsan Jawad
Headquarters Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Area served Middle East
North Africa
Key people Co-founders: Husain Makiya and Zaid Jawad
Services business intelligence and news
Parent Thomson Reuters

Zawya Limited is a company that provides business intelligence and news focused on the Middle East and North Africa regions.[1][2][3][4]

It is headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.[5][6]

It was founded by Ihsan Jawad in London, UK in the year 2000 and re-located to Dubai in 2002.[1] Zawya pioneered the concept of online subscriptions in the Middle East and had 212,000 subscribers in 2009, providing profiles of 12,500 companies and 2,300 projects.[7] The company grew to over 200 employees and a large profitable client base before it was acquired by Thomson Reuters in June 2012.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b Zawya was the first company to build and offer business databases for the MENA region. It also introduced a MENA financial newswire; Zawya Dow Jones in collaboration with the Dow Jones News Corporation. "Company Overview of Zawya Limited". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Derhally, Massoud (17 May 2012). "EXCLUSIVE: Zawya close to US$40m sale". Arabian Business. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Flanagan, Ben (8 April 2012). "Suitors line up for business portal Zawya". The National (Abu Dhabi). Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Hall, Camilla and Wigglesworth, Robin (14 October 2011). "Zawya stake up for sale". Financial Times. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "About Zawya". Zawya. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Daglioglu, Alper (Spring 2003). "An Information Portal to the Middle East and North Africa Region". The Journal of Alternative Investments 5 (4): 102–103. doi:10.3905/jai.2003.31907 (inactive 13 June 2012). "In this review, we feature, which provides a single platform with multi-source economic and business data on the Middle East and North Africa region." (subscription required)
  7. ^ "Arab Media Outlook 2009-2013". Dubai Press Club and Value Partners. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  8. ^ Kane, Frank (26 June 2012). "Thomson Reuters buys business information service Zawya". The National (Abu Dhabi). Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Thomson Reuters buys business intelligence platform Zawya". The Economic Times. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 

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