Final Deadline: September 23 ($799)

Since 2008, Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies has been the definitive source for recognizing the organizations that are transforming industries and shaping society. Now, Fast Company Middle East will recognize organizations from the Middle East region with this prestigious honour, from the largest companies in the region to small startups with just a few employees. With innovation more important than ever this year, Fast Company Middle East is looking forward to recognizing the organizations that are driving change and moving the world forward.

Every submission for the 2022 Most Innovative Companies Middle East will be individually evaluated by Fast Company Middle East editors and reporters.

Regular Pricing : $799 (Nominations are closed now)

Applications ClosedFinal Deadline: September 23 ($799)

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Why Apply

Brand Exposure

Be seen and evaluated by Fast Company Middle East  editors and reporters


Gain the Fast Company Middle East stamp of approval for creating a truly breakthrough technology


Speaking engagements at Fast Company Middle East events and exclusive invitations to influencer-only events

Break News

Tell your organization’s story to the world for the first time; highlight the success of teams within your organization—or partners who’ve helped with your success


Appear on


Organizations may apply under 35 industry categories and must demonstrate how their innovations from the past year have impacted their business, their industry, and the broader culture. Companies and nonprofits of all sizes will be considered. For full application details, see the Rules and FAQs.

Applications ClosedFinal Deadline: September 23 ($799)



The agencies, technologies, and ideas advancing the business of persuasion

Architecture & Design

Firms and commissions that are transforming the built world

Artificial Intelligence

Algorithmically powered products that are changing how humans interact with computers

Augmented and Virtual Reality

The firms creating the future of tech-powered immersive entertainment and experiences


The science and marketing of cosmetics


Marketers redefining and elevating the identities of their companies or brands

Consumer Goods

Pioneering products and brands that are transforming consumers' daily lives

Current Events

Special recognition for proactive, high-impact efforts to address seminal events such as pandemic effects; income inequality; racial, gender, and class-based divisions; and more

Data Science

Companies building a competitive advantage through their unique cache of intelligence


The restaurants and food service companies adapting to changing customer demands


New approaches to improve learning

Emerging Tech

Companies working on tech that are in the early stages of development but have a promising future


Novel initiatives that address climate change


Organizations offering tech and services that make other businesses more efficient and effective


The artists, labels, streamers, promoters, and anyone else making beautiful noise

Film and Television

The companies developing breakthrough programming—and rethinking how content is marketed and released

Finance & Fintech

The products, technologies, and firms facilitating how businesses manage their fiscal assets


Businesses that are producing the consumer goods, systems, and agricultural technologies that are transforming the way we eat


Cutting-edge play that entertains, enlightens, and fosters new communities

Government Tech

Technologies to improve the public sector and offer better citizen services


The latest devices, services, and approaches to empower patients


Brands which are creating memorable experiences with great customer service


The facilities reinventing their processes to promote flexibility, efficiency, and worker well-being


The businesses inventing or reinventing the future of news


Brands working towards improving connectivity and mobility

Public Sector

Government entities which are innovating for better results and services


Fresh approaches to selling goods and services

Small and Mighty: Under 10 Employees

Organizations with less than 10 employees but big ideas that put them at the vanguard of the next generation of innovators

Social Good

Not-for-profit companies doing their part to make the world a better place

Space & Research

The startups and stalwarts commercialising the final frontier

Style & Luxury

Fashioning the future of how we dress


Businesses that aim to reduce their environmental footprint and conserve resources

Travel & Tourism

Brands striving to offer leisure and unique experiences

Urban Development & Real Estate

The landscapes, properties, and thoughtful initiatives defining how we live today

Women Backed

Companies with women at the helm, which are pushing new boundaries
Applications Closed Final Deadline: September 23 ($799)