Branding exercise – a quick start guide for UAE startups


The UAE—a land of soaring skyscrapers, sizzling sand, and brands that shine brighter than a Bedouin’s smile. But before you dive headfirst into the competitive marketplace, grab your sunglasses and let’s go through a branding checklist that will make your UAE business the talk of the town.

The brand name blues
Give your business a name that’s as unforgettable as Sheikh Zayed’s legacy. Remember, darlings, it’s all about avoiding the “Bland Business Blues.” Use a short but memorable name that is easy to pronounce even while chomping on a massive Shwarma roll.

Logo magic
Your logo is probably one in the vast sea of brands, and it needs to catch the eye like a shimmering mirage. Think bold colors, unique shapes, and a sprinkle of humor if it fits your brand’s personality. After all, who said logos had to be all serious business? As Coco Chanel once said, “In order to be irreplaceable, one must be different, but also fabulous!”

Talk the talk
Let your brand language in brochures and any other material (online or offline) resonate with local flavors as strong as the sea breeze. Make sure your branding is culturally appropriate. The UAE is a diverse country with a rich culture. So, it’s important to make sure your branding is respectful of the local culture.

For example, you might avoid using certain colors or symbols or using humor or sarcasm that might be offensive to some people.

Social Media Magic
In the UAE, social media is a desert storm of opportunities. Embrace the power of hashtags and create ones that are as unique as a camel wearing a top hat. Take engaging selfies that capture the essence of your brand, whether it’s in front of a majestic skyline or a quirky desert backdrop. And don’t forget to collaborate with camel celebrities—they’re the true stars of the UAE!

Stay relevant
Staying on top of trends is as important as choosing the right shade of gold for your accessories. Keep an eye on the latest fashion, technology, and cultural trends, and integrate them into your branding strategy.

As an extra bonus we are throwing in a few other sizzling things to check off before you dive into this headlong:

As the legendary Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum once said, “Dubai will never settle for anything less than first place.” And neither should you!

Branding is an essential part of any successful business. By following the tips in this blog post, you can create a strong brand that will help you to stand out from the competition and achieve your business goals.