I have provided digital marketing and e-commerce advice to clients here in the US as well as Dubai and South Asia. My understanding of your challenge is creating a social network that would rival LinkedIN on a more local level. The solution to a successful network is always an engaged user base, and the path to such a base is solving a problem. What particular needs do you think prevailing networks are not meeting?
If you'd like to get on a call, I'll help you set up some information gathering mechanisms, then we can talk about team formation strategies and user base growth. Look forward to hearing from you!