Dubai TV premieres Shark Tank Dubai

MEMS recently announced that Dubai Media Incorporated’s flagship Satellite TV Channel Dubai TV has become the new home of the global reality-TV hit series Shark Tank.

MEMS serves from within Choueiri Group as the exclusive media representative for DMI.

The original Shark Tank premiered in 2009 as the American franchise of the international format “Dragons’ Den”, a Japanese TV series.

It focused on entrepreneurs making business presentations to a panel of five venture capitalists (investors in start-ups) called “sharks”, who decide whether to invest in their companies or not.

The series has been a massive ratings success across the globe, winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Structured Reality Program four times (2014–2017) in the first four years of that category’s existence. In 2012–13, it won Outstanding Reality Program.

“Shark Tank Dubai” follows in the series’ acclaimed tradition, presenting a business-oriented reality television series where aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their innovative business concepts to a panel of highly successful and influential business titans – “sharks” from the UAE.

The show provides a platform for local entrepreneurs to secure investments and form partnerships with the sharks, gaining invaluable resources and guidance to take their ventures to new heights.

Speaking on the development, Mr. Abdulwahed Juma, CEO Commercial Affairs and Partnerships at DMI stated, “Aligned with our ongoing commitment to programming excellence and building a better tomorrow for generations to come, Shark Tank Dubai delivers the pinnacle of entertainment, inspiration and insights to the budding entrepreneurial spirit which has become synonymous with Dubai and the UAE.”

The featured sharks on the new season include Faisal Juma Belhoul, Founder and Chairman of Ithmar Capital Partners, Amira Sajwani, Founder and CEO of Prypco, Elie Khoury, CEO and Chairman at Vivium Holding, Noor Sweid, CEO at Global Ventures and Yousef Hamad, Managing Partner at BECO Capital.

They are all mainstays of the UAE’s venture capital and business landscape.

Also expressing his excitement for the new season, Mr. Jean Pierre Tannous, COO of MEMS stated that: “As Dubai TV races forward on its journey of becoming a leading provider of impactful entertainment offerings in today’s digital age, we are very excited about the new season of Shark Tank Dubai.

“Which not only provides healthy doses of meaningful audience engagement and interaction, but also showcases Dubai and UAE as visionary platforms for entrepreneurs.”

The new season of Shark Tank Dubai premiered on Dubai TV in mid-December 2023, and will run its course through to Q2-2024.