mrUsta in Media

mrUsta in Media

mrUsta on Kris Fade Show on Virgin Radio

50 UAE Startups To Watch

mrUsta is #5 in the 50 startups to watch list by Forbes Middle East ​

15 Apps That Will Solve Your Everyday Dubai Problems

15 Apps That Will Solve Your Everyday Dubai Problems

"These days, there’s an app for pretty much everything, but which ones will actually make a difference to your day-to-day life? We’ve tested and shortlisted the very best apps that every Dubai resident should be using. Here’s 15 of our can’t-live-without recommendations:

1. mrUsta: Post any service request on mrUsta and make them work to win your bid. Get those maintenance problems sorted."


mrUsta Review

"Rather than running after businesses, mrUsta makes them chase after you. All you've got to do is post the job you need doing, wait for quotes from competing companies, and decide on the winning bid. A ratings system helps make choosing that much easier."

mrUsta on Kris Fade Show on Virgin Radio

mrUsta on Kris Fade Show on Virgin Radio

mrUsta competition on The Kris Fade​ Show on the Virgin Radio Dubai​ was full of action and fun. We’re astonished at the number of DIY disaster stories in the UAE. And thanks to Kris Fade we can’t stop singing the jingle ... mrUsta bring it back to me… ​

mrUsta on Saba7 Il Khair Ya Arab show on MBC

#mrUsta Founder and CMO Dunia Othman on MBC Saba7 Il Khair Ya Arab show explaining mrUsta concept. Her valuable advise to future entrepreneurs is to “Take the Risk”. صباح الخير يا عرب​

MrUsta Raises $750K Pre-Series A Round

mrUsta, Dubai’s leading online marketplace for services, has raised $750K in pre-series A funding round.

We met MrUsta for the first time when it first launched back in 2014 at STEP Startup Basecamp, and have witnessed every successful milestone of their journey.


9 MENA startups that are all about connection

"Nowadays, it’s all about being connected and staying connected. That doesn’t just apply to social media and the Internet, although those are two extremely essential things nowadays. Companies in the region are moving into the connection sphere, giving consumers a chance to grow their network, from experts in the industry to the job market to everyday service providers.

mrUsta, Connecting customers to trusted service providers all across the UAE."


You better keep an eye out on these 12 awesome startups in Dubai

"Startups, startups everywhere. In the Middle East, there is one place that is slowly become the region’s startup hub and that is Dubai. From tech to e-commerce, you better keep an eye out on these awesome startups in Dubai"


6 services that will make your life easier in Dubai

"Life in Dubai is pretty convenient for anyone with a busy lifestyle, all thanks to technology. With everything moving to mobile, some things have become accessible simply through an app. There’s no need to search for a certain number to get a service done for you anymore.

These 6 tech services will make your life so much easier if you’re living in Dubai. You better try them:

1. mrUsta"

mrUsta on Dubai TV Money Map Show

Dubai TV Money Map show promoted mrUsta on 24.10.2015. Watch this video to learn more about mrUsta concept, founders and future plans.

mrUsta on Payfort

The Entrepreneur of the Month Dunia Othman from mrUsta. She shares some insight on the evolving world of smart outsourcing and how new startups are changing the way we shop for service providers.

mrUsta on Dubai Eye 103.8 Radio

The podcast of mrUsta CEO Ibrahim Colak live on Dubai Eye 103.8 ‪The Ticket‬ show at Gitex Technology Week


mrUsta App Review on Dubai Eye Drive Live Show

mrUsta mobile app reviewed on Dubai Eye Drive Live show. Listen to know more how you can easily find a plumber, painter, mechanic, moving company or any other services in Dubai, abu Dhabi or all over the UAE

mrUsta secures AED 2.75 million pre-series A funding

mrUsta, an online services marketplace launched in Dubai by Ibrahim Colak and Dunia Othman, has successfully closed a AED 2.75 million pre-series A funding round.

Investors include Precinct Partners,  Millennial Partners & Co., and angel investors from Saudi Arabia and Egypt. This comes on the heels of its AED 1.2 million seed funding in August 2015. The financing will be used to accelerate growth, to expand the platform to key regional markets, and to hire new team members.


Entrepreneurs of the Week: Dunia Othman and Ibrahim Colak, founders of mrUsta

"mrUsta, rests on a win-win model for all stakeholders involved - small service providers struggling to reach more customers coupled with UAE residents in desperate need of their services.
Following the closure of their seed fundraising round in September 2015, the mrUsta team was able to release a new version of the website with new iOS and Android applications, which were downloaded more than 2,500 times in the first two months.
The platform lists a few thousand home service providers – described by the co-founders as ‘Ustas’ – in various categories, with each profile containing not only the contact information and location, but also the reviews and ratings posted by previous customers."


StartUp Awards 2015 shortlist

Start-up of the Year 2015:


StartUp Awards 2014 shortlist

Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2014: Ibrahim Colak


Dubai start-up closes $353k in financing

"A Dubai-based online marketplace that connects service providers with clients in need has raised AED 1.3 million ($353,934) in seed financing."


Get in the Ring for investment opportunity

"Together with her husband and two partners, Dunia Othman, co-founder and chief marketing officer at mrUsta, has developed an online business directory of local service providers which also offers a service rating system accessible through mobile devices and PCs."

SME profile: online site helps you find best usta in the UAE

"In October 2013, Dunia Othman and Ibrahim Colak cut short their honeymoon in Crete to pitch their idea for a technology start-up to Afkar, a digital business incubator. Their idea was to launch a new online marketplace to link tradespeople – from painters to martial arts instructors – with UAE residents."

Startup mrUsta Offers A MENA-based Platform For Your Service Needs

"It’s not too hard to see what makes mrUsta so appealing to its 350-odd client base. Let’s put it this way: if you’ve ever had to frantically search your contact list or ask friends for recommendations of a maintenance company after one of the pipes in your apartment bursts, mrUsta can come to the rescue."

10 Of The Best Start Ups In Dubai Right Now

mrUsta was born out of a desire to provide everyone with an easy way to find quality trades people on the basis of customer feedback. Seems like a simple one, this is the one you need because you never know when it will come in handy! Founder - Ibrahim Colak"

Meet the disrupters

"A smart UAE will depend on how today’s new businesses integrate technology into their operations. GN Focus profiles a few national and expatriate innovators and examines how they’ve gotten off the ground"


Things to know about why maintenance matters

"Last year, Colak decided to turn his idea into a business and launched, an online directory that gathers details of different household service providers, from cleaners, painters and plumbers, to more off-beat services such as dance classes.The website also provides reviews of listed providers, who are experts in their fields. As the next best thing to word of mouth, it gives consumers a head start in searching for the right service provider."

Growth in the service provider Mr Usta as they get more funding

mrUsta secured a pre-Series A round of 2.75 million Emirati dirhams (US$750,000) this week.

Investors include regional investors Precinct Partners, Millennial Partners & Co, along with angel investors from Saudi Arabia and Egypt. They are looking to close a Series A round in 2017.


From plumbers to cake decorators, can mrUsta provide the quick fix for Dubai's expats?

"While sitting at the Business Development table during Mix N’ Mentor Dubai, two entrepreneurs caught my attention: Ibrahim Colak and his wife Dunia Othman, the cofounders of mrUsta, an online marketplace in UAE that links residents with different service providers."


How UAE’s mrUsta raised an unexpected $351K

"When Ibrahim Colak, founder of UAE service providers platform mrUsta, attended a networking event at Dubai’s In5 innovation center, he didn’t expect it to lead to a seed investment of $351,000."

In5: Enabling Innovation

"Ibrahim Colak, founder of MrUsta, joined In5 in January. He said the incubator took care of many difficult details for him, leaving the firm to focus on growth and innovation. “It’s not easy to be an entrepreneur in Dubai. There are renting costs and other costs, and you need networks to reach the right people,” Colak said."

Company Overview of mrUsta

"mrUsta provides an Internet directory of service providers in the United Arab Emirates. The company’s platform incorporates a search engine which enables potential customers to search for service providers based on name, location, or category, as well as allows past customers to rate or comment on service providers they have used. The company is headquartered in Dubai"

12 stylish things for men

"You’ve no doubt heard horror stories from mates in the UAE about dodgy removal firms and crooked maintenance staff (our favourite is the Style staffer who went home early one day to find his maid wearing his Lacoste polo shirt). MrUsta takes this game of chance out of the equation: service providers in your area are recommended on the app by fellow users."

Website alleviates headache of finding services in the UAE

"Finding quality service providers can be like trying to resolve an issue with your electricity bill. Everyone wants you to pay up and no one wants to hear about your problem.When many of us need a service, we usually head straight to sites like Dubizzle and end up spending hours scrolling through page after page of identical ads.mrUsta is a UAE based online marketplace that simplifies the process. It uses customer ranked data to help people find services ranging from painters to cake decorators, for free (and in case you’re wondering, “usta” means master, guru, or expert in Turkish. It is also used in Iraq and the Gulf in old Arabic!)"

mrUsta Secures $350K Seed Investment, Next Stop KSA

"mrUsta, the UAE’s marketplace for home services, received a first investment of $350,000 in August through a seed funding round led by Amjad Ahmad, a veteran investor and avid supporter of local entrepreneurs."


mrUsta Knows All UAE Businesses

"mrUsta is an online marketplace for UAE residents to find home services, where visitors are able to find all kinds of services with user ranked data, and are able to communicate with the service providers directly through the website." invests in the future by selecting three regional start-ups for second intake

"Following a six week selection process from entries across the globe, the region’s only full spectrum digital oriented start-up incubator, run by Intigral, has selected three promising GCC start-ups for incubation. The three teams, MedsConnect, mrUsta and Kanari were chosen from a group of nine shortlisted entrants following an intensive two day boot camp in Dubai last weekend."