The Youngest Arab Entrepreneur:14 Years Old Kuwaiti Achieves 800,000 Downloads for His iPhone App

18 Aug, 2010

His name is Abdulrahman AlZanki and Yes he is 14 and Yes he is Kuwaiti and Yes he is a teenager and Yes he rides BMX bikes and Yes he develops iPhone apps and Yes he learned it alone and Yes his iPhone game rechead 800,000 downloads.

Abdulrahman AlZanki might be the youngest Arab and Muslim entrepreneur at the age of 14  ( as far as we know) and he is still in 10th grade but aims to go to Stanford once he finishes his high school. ( I do not think he will have any problem getting full scholarship.)

At the age of 11 he started to learn how to make websites, according to Kuwaiti blog p0ach, he always loved playing games but always wondered how these games are made! So it took him  2 weeks to finish his first iPhone game, he didn’t have any programing experience before that, he learned it all by him self.

His flagship free iPhone app Doodle Destroy was his most successful app, the game offers its players a goal to” keep the blue cube on the gray blocks. Tap to destroy the red blocks. While at it, the other blocks may fall or tip over based on real physics action. Good timing and smart thinking will help you to complete your goal.”

With over 800,000 downloads Doodle Destroy reached the top 50 in the US App Store. It also reached the top 5 in many other countries in Europe. Doodle Destroy is averaging about 20,000 downloads per day. My other game “DoodleBounce” was also successful -Top 5- in Canada.

Doodle Destroy is not the only iPhone game developed by Abdulrahman there many more with a price range of 0.99 cents: doodle destroy 2, bowAndArrow 2 , Lines Remover, Flying Taxi, Monkey Mood, Wood Destoryer, Lines Remover 2, Blocks Destoryer2, and Ibannana.

The story of Abdulrahman shows that self driven interest and determination are the main ingredients for success, he made this achievement at the age of 14 while many computer  science graduates at the age of 23+ in Jordan, other Arab countries and even around the world can not write a single clean line of code!

We will feature an interview Abdulrahman soon.

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  1. Gaith Saqer  |  August 18th, 2010 at 3:04 AM #

    I will show this story to my young brother, maybe he will be motivated

  2. urssur  |  August 18th, 2010 at 8:21 AM #

    Wow, this is friking awesome stuff, well done Abdulrahman, more kids like you !!!

    Tell me he’s done his apps on a 512 Mb ram Intel Celeron Windows machine coding with Appcelerator Titanium .

  3. Technics  |  August 18th, 2010 at 9:45 AM #

    Great story, keep going on Abdulrahman

  4. Vera  |  August 18th, 2010 at 11:41 AM #

    Great job, very motivating! We can only hope other youngsters follow his lead.

  5. terri wrist  |  August 18th, 2010 at 11:44 AM #

    f….. terrorist

  6. terri fans club  |  August 18th, 2010 at 12:10 PM #

    ^ thank you for showing your level of intelligence

  7. Terri wrist u-ass  |  August 18th, 2010 at 3:05 PM #

    Terri Wrist – are u jealous? or plain dumb or maybe an idiot? Yes this is a young kuwaiti – yes an arab whether u like it or not! u can K-e-d-i-t-e-d

  8. Orontes Guy  |  August 19th, 2010 at 1:25 AM #

    Remarkable! Some iPhone apps with big name developers behind them haven’t managed to achieve a fraction of the success. I’m really looking forward to the interview with Abdulrahman.

  9. Husam Sarris  |  August 19th, 2010 at 2:12 AM #

    Amazing story!
    Another example that non-computer-science graduates always do better when it comes to new ideas, and building successful IT products.

    But I don’t agree that arab IT people can not write a single clean line of code! (I don’t know why you mentioned Jordan in particular first and then the arab world in general?).
    The arab IT industry is much better than that, especially in Jordan :)

  10. nunja  |  August 19th, 2010 at 4:00 AM #

    very strong!

  11. BLUCE  |  August 19th, 2010 at 9:45 AM #

    So Exciting!

  12. BLUCE  |  August 19th, 2010 at 9:49 AM #

    So Exciting!!!

  13. Suresh  |  August 19th, 2010 at 1:20 PM #

    Great Job, I am really inspired from him :)

    Keep it up !!!

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  15. Oman  |  August 20th, 2010 at 8:53 AM #

    looks like another Kuwaiti billionaire in the making – but why only iPhone and not also Nokia ??

  16. Mike  |  August 23rd, 2010 at 10:31 PM #

    Great job, I hope this talent grows and releases bigger projects.
    He is using Game Salad, easy to use drag and drop game developer. Good starting point for any up and coming developer.

    Hope he uses his skills to start building native apps.

    Great job.

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