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Dubizzle enters the automotive sector with the acquisition of Drive Arabia

  • UAE-based online classifieds platform Dubizzle Group has acquired Drive Arabia, a UAE-based media and review platform specializing in the automotive industry, for an undisclosed transaction value.
  • Founded in 2005 by JC Butler and Sim Whatley, Dubizzle is an online platform that enables individuals to sell, buy or find products in their cities, while Drive Arabia is an automotive consumer portal focused on the GCC Region concentrated.
  • With this acquisition, Dubizzle Group aims to consolidate its automotive advertising offering, introduce new products and expand its reach to better serve its customers.

Press release:

Dubizzle Group, the Middle East’s leading online classifieds platform, strengthens its dominance in the automotive sector across the MENA region with the acquisition of Drive Arabia. This strategic maneuver is an example of Dubizzle Group’s commitment to expand its range of new car options and provide comprehensive solutions to its user base.

With over two decades of strong brand presence in the region, particularly in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, Drive Arabia brings extensive expertise and a loyal customer base in the automotive sector to the Dubizzle Group. With this acquisition, Dubizzle Group aims to consolidate its automotive advertising offering, introduce new products and expand its reach to better serve its customers.

“We are delighted to welcome Drive Arabia to the Dubizzle Group family,” said Haider Ali Khan, CEO of Dubizzle Group MENA. “This acquisition is in line with our strategic vision to provide our users with an unparalleled automotive experience. The strong recognition and reach of the Drive Arabia brand will further strengthen our existing portfolio and enable us to offer even more value to our customers while strengthening our leadership position in the automotive sector.

This is just the beginning and we are keeping an eye on any further M&A opportunities that will help us further expand our offering in the industries we serve. Our immediate plans for Drive Arabia include a significant investment in the platform to enhance its core offering as a transparent tool for car pricing, specifications and other relevant details, helping us become the go-to source for new car launches in the region.”

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