From Dubai to Tricity: the story of Finalrentals

Finalrentals, a Dubai based start-up, developing and franchising car rental solutions has set up its headquarters in the Tricity. Finalrentals will work on EU sales and marketing from its Gdańsk office, along with developing its technological solutions, especially those based on AI.

Anyone who has ever experienced car rental problems will immediately see the benefits of Finalrentals. Its digital platform enables customers to select daily, weekly or monthly car rental offers from various providers at the lowest cost possible. Selected for the Poland Prize Acceleration programme in 2019, this Dubai-based start-up is now operating across Europe from its EU HQ in the Tricity.

Car rental services are developing rapidly, both in terms of volume and technological advancements. The competition is high, as many companies, in the EU and worldwide, offer a wide range of possibilities. Finalrentals brings together all these diverse options by providing web and mobile applications for convenient car rental bookings. The strongest USP is that the technology is franchised to businesses willing to run digital car rental services. The requirements to join the franchise network are flexible and getting started on the digital platform is super easy.  

The Tricity is a thriving IT, automotive, and logistics hub and provides a variety of incentives and benefits for start-ups and scale-ups including convenient access to the Polish and the EU market. This is why Finalrentals has selected Gdańsk as its EU HQ. To me, as an entrepreneur, it is important to work in an environment that is conducive to new ideas and open to foreign entrepreneurs to expand their network, express their ideas and grow the startup in the best possible manner. Poland is an amazing start-up ecosystem with lots of support for entrepreneurs and the Tricity is a place like no other in the EU – says Ammar Akhtar, the Founder and CEO of Finalrentals. Tricity is considered to be the fastest-growing hub in Central Europe and a “land of opportunities” for advanced technological solutions attracting top IT talents, ranked 4th in the 2020/21 Tech Cities of the Future ranking in terms of FDI strategy.

I’m glad to confirm that our efforts convert into the constantly growing interest of startupers, considering the Tricity to be one of the best locations not only to start, but also scale up and deep into advanced technologies. In line with this, we are working on new tools and a more comprehensive offer, so the best is yet to come – says Bartosz Wojtasiak, BSS Project Manager at Invest in Pomerania, welcoming Finalrentals to the Tricity.

The company’s headcount will be growing steadily, starting with half a dozen roles in phase 1 of its development. The company will be looking for full-time sales and marketing talent, as well as IT engineers, in particular, those proficient in the AI field, with a view to creating innovative solutions for the automotive and car rental industry. 

About the company 

Finalrentals is a Dubai-based start-up offering an online car rental platform transforming traditional car rental services into digital solutions connected to an award-winning tool. Founded by Ammar Akhtar, the service started as a car rental solution for the UAE and then moved to the Tricity after winning the Poland Prize 2019 and being accelerated at Starter. With 6 employees on board, the company is now expanding its operations throughout Europe. The aim of the company is to offer its clients the best prices for car rentals online. Customers can easily book a daily, weekly or monthly car rental through the web or the mobile app offering access to more than 500,000 cars in total. Finalrentals signed up Miami as its first US franchise location, this is a huge leap towards the company’s expansion to the US. 

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