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Education 2.0: Classrooms need a ‘voice lift’ to adapt to the new normal

Schools and universities must now look to adapt their current spaces to new requirements

Majority of MENA, Pakistan consumers prefer digital payment methods for ecommerce: report

The report estimates that 209m more customers in MENA and Pakistan have begun shopping online since the start of the pandemic

US-based 500 Startups closes largest fund to date

Firm expands strategy beyond accelerator and seed investments, doubles down on global thesis

Sustainability trends: How to make MENA cities more resilient

Cities need to adopt a holistic and evidence-based framework to guide the building of resilience

Engaging women and girls in STEM is fundamental to inclusive growth in MEA

According to the State of Science Index (SOSI), within STEM equity, gender disparity remains an issue

Middle East M&A activity scales 59% in H1 2021

Overall deal activity in the region continued its upward trend with 307 deals in the first half of the year

Two children injured and 14 houses damaged in Saudi’s Dammam in latest Houthi attacks

The kingdom’s defence forces intercepted and destroyed three ballistic missiles and three bomb-laden drones on Saturday

Epson names new head of marketing services for Middle East and Africa

Harrison joined Epson UK Limited in 2018 as marketing services manager

Saudi forces intercept drone attack targeting Abha international airport

Shrapnel was scattered in the vicinity of the airport, but there were no reports of injuries or damage

How digital self-service can enhance customer experience?

A self-service portal gives customers more power, choice, and convenience as well as improves their digital experience with the business

Saudi forces intercept armed drone from Yemen targeting civilians in Khamis Mushait

The incident took place on Sunday

Lebanon fuel tank explosion kills at least 20, Red Cross says

The explosion occurred in in the northern region of Akkar

Wafsy HPE Egypt

HPE appoints Mohamed Wasfy as country manager for Egypt

Mohamed brings over 20 years of experience working in Egypt’s technology industry

Saudi destroys 17 armed drones launched by Houthis

The Houthis have been frequently targeting the kingdom with explosive-laden drones in recent weeks

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Israel conducts air strikes in Gaza as new violence flares

The conflict in May killed more than 250 Palestinians and 13 people in Israel

Netanyahu’s reign over as Israel ushers in fragile government

The new coalition will govern with the slimmest majorities – commanding 61 of parliament’s 120 seats

Armed drone from Yemen lands on school in Saudi’s Asir

No injuries were reported in the incident

Making strides to diversify and enrich the region’s cloud services market

Events of the last year have focused the spotlight on the benefits of cloud-based solutions

Oil declines with return of Iranian supply hanging over market

OPEC+ ministers are due to meet June 1 to consider the state of the market and the group’s production policy

Iran bans Bitcoin mining, echoing China, after blackouts

The ban is effective immediately and will last until September 22

Israel-Gaza conflict intensifies as global diplomatic efforts continue

The US dispatched an envoy to the region and Egypt and Qatar sought to help broker a truce

UAE to host emergency meeting with Arab leaders over Jerusalem

The latest bout of fighting appeared to be the most serious escalation since a 2014 war in Gaza

Google startup accelerator

Google opens registrations to MENA tech startups for accelerator programme

The three-month long programme will commence in mid-July 2021 and is for ‘Seed to Series’ startups in the region

Publicis Groupe appoints Bassel Kakish as CEO for Middle East and Turkey

Kakish will continue to be based in Dubai and report to the executive chairman

Mubadala eyes $1bn gas deal as UAE-Israel ties deepen

The Abu Dhabi fund would make the acquisition through its energy arm

Saudi intercepts Houthi attack on Jazan University, debris leads to fire on campus

Coalition forces in the kingdom destroyed five ballistic missiles and four armed drones launched from Yemen in the latest attacks

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi initiates flights to three new destinations

They include two cities in Egypt and one in Europe

Saudi forces destroy armed drones, missiles launched from Yemen

The Houthis have stepped up missile and drone strikes against Saudi Arabia in recent months

Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu chosen to try to form Israel’s next government

Netanyahu will have up to six weeks to try to cobble together a coalition

Ever Given grounding: Suez Canal closure highlights marine industry risks

The Suez Canal Authority temporarily suspended navigation in the canal on March 25