13 black-owned businesses in the UAE that should be on your radar

PSA: Support your local black-owned businesses!
13 black-owned businesses in the UAE that should be on your radar

There is no better time for us to #SupportLocal and empower our community in the UAE. Not just now, but on a daily basis, we should be giving our attention to black-owned businesses, uplifting them and giving them the attention they truly deserve. 

From skincare specialists and restaurants to cafes and fashion designers, we've got something for everybody. Scroll down to find out more... 


Scintillia Skincare

With two newly opened branches in Abu Dhabi, Scintillia Skincare provides a skincare sanctuary like no other. You can opt for a bespoke facial specialised to your skin type in one branch, while the other is a beauty lounge for all your mani-pedi needs. Oh, and did we mention they use the best luxury products with natural ingredients? Pamper. Your. Self.

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Located at the Wetstin Dubai, and available to shop online, Finchitua is an edgy, modern streetwear brand featuring designs inspired by tribal Ethiopia. Bold colours, patterns galore, and gorgeous illustrations are found in each of these brands' collections. All at an affordable price!

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Category London

Another black-owned fashion brand that should be on your radar in the UAE is Category London, founded by boss babe Sofia Nicole. This e-tailer provides the latest trends and styles, and offers both womenswear & menswear! 

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The Gbemi's Kitchen

This restaurant in JLT, Dubai serves delicious Nigerian food - jollof hummus, African peanut soup, and plenty of vegan-friendly options. I'm already hungry just thinking about it. They've open once again for a limited capacity, but if you're in the mood to dine-in, you can find them on Uber Eats!

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Another restaurant launched by the brilliant businesswoman Gbemi Giwa, Catfish is the first holistic kitchen in Dubai with African roots, and is ofc the sister to The Gbemi's Kitchen. Located in Business Bay and found on Deliveroo, Zomato and Careem for delivery, Catfish is the hearty healthy meal that you'll soon be craving. 

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House of Devereaux 

Owned by designer, stylist and fabulous Dominique DeVeReaux, this brand provied custom made designs to die for. This e-tailer also has options of virtual styling sessions and closet organisation as a service. 

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D/D Worldwide

D/D Store Worldwide offers handmade exclusive durags in gorgeous colours and fabrics that are sourced locally. These headwear pieces are fashionable, and can be shipped internationally. 

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KIZA Dubai 

KIZA Dubai offers authentic Pan-African cuisine in DIFC. Not only does this restaurant offer the fnest flavours, but they are also pro's at serving Pan-African hospitality and entertainment. 

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Shea Global

Shea Global is a distribution company in Dubai that retails natural and organic products to the UAE market. From haircare, facecare and skincare to bath products - this beauty brand has all-around options in natural, organic ingredients. Shea butter and shea oil from Ghana being some of them, AKA your skin's saviours. 

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Founded by French-Congolese Khaled Alfick, this brand provides bespoke sneaker customisation. If you're a sneaker-head, this probably won't be the first time you've heard of this brand. Having already collaborated with the likes of Nike, Namshi and Level Shoes - Waxfeller is the place to go to level up your regular Nike Air Forces. 

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Boon Coffee

This organic specialty coffee roaster has 3 retail outlets in Dubai (other than their online shop), where you can buy the freshest and most skillfully roasted coffee beans, and even taste them. Boon Coffee provides 100% pure, single-origin, Arabica coffee beans sourced directly from Ethiopia - the birthplace of coffee! 

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Dukkan Media

You'll know this familiar fun trio from their viral podcasts in the UAE, The Dukkan Show. Black-owned, Arab-owned and Asian-owned and led, the Dukkan team are the authority in contemporary Middle Eastern Culture, and have now set up their own multi-platform content company. From culture consultations to create content solutions for clients like Emaar, Du and Youtube. They are a force to be reckoned with. 

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Afro Beauty Salon

Situated near Dubai's Sheikh Zayed Road, this salon specialises in hair, nails, extensions, braiding and high-quality custom wigs. 

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