Our Story.

The why, how and when

“on our hunt for the extraordinary we became increasingly aware of an underground scene of talented creatives”

You now know what Little Majlis is and who we are but we thought we’d shed some light on why we set up this Gulf based online creative community and specialist shopping platform for artisan products.

The artisan marketplace concept is not a new one, but it was new to the region when we launched. We were inspired by the amazing underground arts and crafts scene that was developing in the Emirates at the time and wanted to give these creative people a legal platform to showcase and promote their work.

“On our hunt for the extraordinary we became increasingly aware of an underground scene of talented creatives”

You now know what Little Majlis is and who we are but we thought we’d shed some light on why we set up this Gulf based online creative community and specialist shopping platform for artisan products.

The artisan marketplace concept is not a new one, but it was new to the region when we launched. We were inspired by the amazing underground arts and crafts scene that was developing in the Emirates at the time and wanted to give these creative people a legal platform to showcase and promote their work.

Why

The founders, Anna and Annabelle, love shopping for things that are just a little bit different. On their hunt for the extraordinary they became increasingly aware of an underground scene of talented people, producing and selling some rather gorgeous things. The problem was two fold; it was almost impossible ot get hold of these hard to find products on a whim, and this pool of creatives didn’t necessarily have the knowledge or the means to make, market and grow their creative brand.

Little Majlis was also born out of the desire to share the UAE we know so well by making locally designed and produced products available to those who appreciate them. We are thrilled that this basic concept has been so well embraced and that locals, residences and tourists can now own or gift a piece of #madeinUAE

How

Little Majlis enables the local creative community to legally open thier own online shopfront, with a direct URL (web address), access to our payment gateway, marketing, IT support and other functions that leave them more time to focus on developing thier product and brand.

We care about customer service and every decision we make is based on this core value. We might not be able to please everyone, but we certainly give it our best shot.

When

The idea of creating a creative community has been bouncing around in the founders ‘ideas book’ for a good ten years.  However the business was started in February 2012 and littlemajlis.com went live in late October 2012 with 12 shops open on the marketplace. We have experienced positive month on month growth of members, guest visitors and sales since our launch and currently have hundreds of independent GCC based boutiques selling more than 3,500 unique items.

2018 is Little Majlis’ year! We launched the upgraded interim website in January and are excited about our road map for the future.  Come and join us on the ride.

“2018 is Little Majlis’ year! We launched the upgraded interim website in January and are excited about our road map for the future.

Come and join us on the ride”