Top 20 Small Business Ideas to Start in ARWO (Arab World)

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What is ARWO?

ARWO is an acronym for the “Arab world” or the Arab Homeland as it was formally known.

The word Arab World may also be used interchangeably with the Arab Nation, Arab sphere, or Arab states to mean the same thing.

Some of the countries that make up the Arab World are;

  • Palestine
  • Yemen
  • Bahrain
  • Oman
  • Egypt
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Lebanon
  • Morocco
  • Comoros
  • Kuwait
  • Algeria
  • Libya
  • Djibouti
  • The Syrian Arab Republic
  • Qatar
  • Iraq
  • Sudan
  • Mauritania
  • Jordan
  • Somalia
  • Tunisia
  • Saudi Arabia.

In this post, we discuss at least 20 small business ideas that you can start in either of these countries and with patience, hard work, and dedication, become profitable.

Top 20 Small Business Ideas to Start in Any of The Arab World Countries.

1. Sell Fresh Foods in Palestine.

Small profitable businesses to start in Palestine in 2021

While agriculture is still a giant contributor to the Palestinian economy, the agricultural sector in the country can still do better to match the demand for fresh foods in the country.

If you have enough cash to start doing agriculture in Palestine, go ahead and set up your farm.

Your contribution could be the difference the country needs to come close to meeting the demand for fresh foods.

Plus, you will be making money while making a difference.

2. Sell processed foods in Yemen.

Fresh foods aside, the Arab world is also largely dependant on processed foods.

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For example, Yemen alone imports at least 90% of the food it consumes.

And, if you ask me, that’s a lot of processed foods.

if you have enough cash to start a processed foods business and to hold inventory, consider selling processed foods in Yemen. It might be well worth it.

3. Sell consumer luxury goods in Saudi Arabia

In 2012 the average GDP per capita of Saudi Arabia was estimated to be above $57,000.Profitable Business Ideas to Start in Saudi Arabia in 2021

Fast forward to 2019, the purchasing power of an average Saudi citizen has dropped to $49,040.343 ut still, this is a hell lot of money.

Do you know what that means?

An average Saudi citizen has so much money spent on necessary goods and still has some money left for luxury.

You can use this information to start a consumer luxury goods business in Saudi Arabia and you will thrive.

An example of a luxury brand is Louis Vuitton, Richemont, Kering… you name it.

4. Offer financial and professional services in the United Arab Emirates.

If there is a place in the Arab world where professionals make so much money, then it is in the UAE.

With professional skills in finance or related disciplines, you can launch your consultancy business in 2021 and make even so much money doing what you love.

5. Start your Solar Energy Business in Egypt.

The hot climate in Egypt is perfect for solar energy production.Top 10 Small Business Ideas to Start in Egypt in 2021.

And the Egyptian government is doing all it can to tap into the renewable energy market both by investing in it and by welcoming investors to participate in the venture.

If you have a thing for the energy sector, go ahead and invest either in solar energy production, sales of solar panels, solar installation.

6. Start a security and defense business in Oman.

Talk Vanderbilt, Dahua Technology Co. LTD, BCDVideo™, Hikvision, HID Global, Vicon Industries… The list is endless.

All these and many others are security companies operating in Oman offering video security cameras, recorders, software, and more.

If you have a knack for security and defense, you can join the security industry in Oman to either import and sell security equipment, train and hire out security guards, install CCTV or become a consultant in the field.

7. Start your construction business in Bahrain.

Profitable Business Ideas to Start in Bahrain in 2021.

In 2019 the construction sector in Bahrain grew by 2.6%

One of the key drivers of this growth was a $32 billion infrastructure investment pipeline comprised of $10 billion in government funding, $7.5 billion from the GCC Development Fund, and $15 billion from the private sector. Via Bahrain – Country Commercial Guide

According to the Ministry of Finance and National Economy, projects with a total value of $765 million were awarded in 2019, increasing the value of all awarded projects to $4.7 billion by the end of 2019.

There are more national construction projects that are pending award and even more contracts by private firms.

If you have what it takes to start a construction company, go ahead and start your business in 2022.

8. Start your Greenhouse Commercial Farming in Turkey.

There are many business small agricultural business opportunities in Turkey for both residents andTurkey foreigners.

Commercial greenhouse farming is just one of them.

In this business, you have more control over the growing environment of your crops.

What makes starting your greenhouse farm one of the best small business ideas in Turkey is that

  1. In this farming method, factors like the arability of the land, growing season, and quality are all taken care of.

You’ll also have control over the temperature, irrigation, light and shade levels, the level of humidity, and the fertilizer application in your greenhouse.

9. Start your waste management business in Lebanon.

Waste management has always been a concern to governments in the Arab world. And for the longest time, they have tried to keep the emphasis on keeping the environment clean.

The government in Lebanon is no exception.

With this comes a business opportunity for budding entrepreneurs in Lebanon.

If you’d like to start a business in 2021, consider setting up a water/waste treatment plant in Lebanon, managing waste, or making money recycling paper and plastic in Lebanon.

10. Start a Taxi/Uber Business in Morocco.

The tourism sector in Morocco is fast growing. And with its growth is the demand for taxis.

If you have a car and would like to make money in Morocco in 2021, consider joining uber or the other taxi companies in the country.

11. Start a Blog in ComorosComoros

Blogging is a legitimate home-based business that anyone can start from any part of the world.

If you are in Comoros and are wondering which small business to start in 2021, consider blogging.

Not only is it affordable to start, but it also pays well in the long run.

12. Become an online tutor in Qatar

Online tuition has grown exponentially in the Arab World in the past few years. Especially since 2019.

If you consider yourself good in any subject try starting your business for tutoring in 2021.

Teach English as a second language in Qatar or Arabic as a second language to foreigners.

13. Sell accessories and clothing in Kuwait.

The people of Kuwait are very trendy people and they like dressing to kill.

If you have a good budget to start an accessories and clothing business, go ahead and start your business.

Be sure to keep an eye on the latest fashion and trends in Kuwait though so as not to fall off business so fast.

Also, make sure that you sell matching accessories with the clothes to increase your sales volume.

14. Start a youtube channel in Algeria. 

Other than starting physical businesses in the Arab world, you can also become a Youtuber.Profitable Business Ideas to Start in Algeria in 2021.

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And by the way, it doesn’t matter which country you are in, you can start a youtube channel and make so much money from youtube advertising.

Are you wondering which topics to create videos on?

Go for fashion, gaming, business, sports and fitness, movies and TV… you name it.

15. Offer accounting and bookkeeping services in Libya.

If you are skilled in accounting consider offering accounting and bookkeeping services to small and medium-sized companies in Libya.

You can charge as little as 330.15 Lybian Dinar for any small business that you work for.

16. Start your salt production business in Djibouti.

Start your salt production business in Djibouti - Arab World

Djibouti is home to Lac Assal (Lake Assal) which is the saltiest lake in the world.

If you have enough money to invest in salt production, go ahead and begin the venture in Djibouti.

Otherwise, you can use your money to invest in the stocks of salt-producing companies in Djibouti if that makes more sense to you.

17. Start a Logistics and Warehousing Business in the Syrian Arab Republic.

Syria is the gateway to the middle east for Turkey and it has very many attractive regions that would befit logistics and warehousing firms.

For an entrepreneur looking to start a profitable business in Syria in 2021, consider starting your business in logistics and warehousing before the venture is saturated.

18. Become an Airbnb Host in Mauritania

If you have a house in Mauritania and you would like to get some extra income off your free bedrooms,Become an AirBnB Host in Mauritania consider becoming an Airbnb host.

A lot of tourists come to Mauritania every year thus, the demand for comfortable stays is high.

You can also rent to locals who’re looking for a better stay in Mauritania.

On average, Airbnb in Nouakchott, Mauritania ranges from $20/night to $200/night.

19. Start a SPA service in Tunisia.

A spa service provides its customers with relaxation.

SPA also improves beauty and health.

A number of personal care treatments are offered as part of spa services.

You can provide services like hair care, manicures, aromatherapy, waxing, massages, and much more in Tunisia.

20. Offer Pilgrimage assistance in Jordan Offer Pilgrimage assistance in Jordan - Arab World

Jordan is home to lots of religious places mentioned in the bible.

And even though 92% of the country is Sunni Muslim, there are still thousands of Christians visiting Jordan for pilgrimage. And partly, that’s because partly a tolerant Islamic state as it is also a tourism destination.

You can become a pilgrimage assistant in Jordan to show visitors important pilgrimage sites like the

Amman, Tell Mar Elias, Mount Nebo, Bethany Beyond the Jordan, Mukawir among other sites they’d like to visit in Jordan.


There are very many small businesses that you can start in the Arab world. More businesses than we can list in this single post.

Therefore, we have just mentioned one relevant business idea for every country in the Arab world.

In our business ideas posts that follow, we will try to exhaust small business ideas that you can start in all the countries mentioned in this list.

Make sure you comment with the country you’d like us to start with.

Good luck starting your business in 2021.


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