‘Yesterday’s dream is today’s reality’ was the theme for this year’s Najah Qatari festival, where startup Snoonu was awarded for demonstrating just that aim.

Qatar’s leading tech startup, Snoonu, took the Best Project for Entrepreneurs award for the second consecutive year at Najah Qatari, for continued contributions to the development of entrepreneurship in Qatar.

Founded by Faisal bin Khalid Al-Otaibi, Najah Qatari or ‘Qatari Success’ festival is one of the country’s most distinguished events which highlights innovation, invention and entrepreneurship in various sectors. It is attended by royal family members, ministers, businessmen and women as well as many prominent public figures across several fields.

This year’s awards were divided into eight different categories each with a different winner who were announced at the valedictory ceremony held at the Qatar National Convention Centre.

Snoonu won Best Project for Entrepreneurs for the second year running as the company continues to demonstrate its leadership and agility whilst setting the pace for new technologies and new trends in Qatar.

The award also recognises Snoonu’s strategic and determined efforts in attracting and retaining top talent locally and internationally through partnering with top universities and creating a unique work environment for employees. The company continues to expand its team to match its growth by hiring top talent from all around the world, currently employing more than 45 nationalities. Snoonu’s ongoing efforts in empowering its partner merchants through offering wider delivery coverage, lower commissions, strategic business advice and a seamless online shopping experience enable continued development of the national e-commerce sector.

Commenting on the award, Hamad Al Hajri, Snoonu founder and CEO, and platinum sponsor of the festival, said: “We are honoured to be the official sponsor of the Najah Qatari festival in its fifth edition. One of the main objectives of Snoonu is to encourage and support other entrepreneurs in the country. We also believe in developing the talent within, which is why we always motivate companies in the private sector to focus on attracting young talents that will help them build their own success stories.

“We aim to have our efforts recognised both locally and regionally and winning this award has put us on the right path to achieving this. Winning such a prestigious title would not have been possible without the support of our loyal users and our exceptional team.

Snoonu is Qatar’s home-grown success story that aims to be the first local unicorn company – a privately held startup company that grows its value to more than $1 billion in its first five years. With more than 300,000 users, Snoonu plans to expand and diversify its offering by adding new features and services to its platform, with a goal to enter international markets, including the Middle East and CIS. ✤