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IMF upbeat about MENA growth, warns about uneven recovery

The fund raised its economic growth projection for MENA to 4.1 per cent this year from an earlier estimate of 4 per cent

PUBG Mobile MENA and Anghami team up to bring music rewards to players

PUBG Mobile players will have the chance to redeem special music prizes and enjoy exclusive Anghami playlists from September 30-October 7

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Terminus Group inaugurates MENA headquarters in Dubai

Terminus Group was announced by Expo 2020 Dubai as the only official premier partner from China

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

Abu Dhabi to use drones for medical supply transfer and delivery

The project aims to ensure the overall health and safety of the community, while also increasing Abu Dhabi’s emergency preparedness

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

cybersecurity

Trend Micro survey forewarns MENA enterprises of customer record breach in 2022

The report represents an elevated risk of attacks for organisations in the next year

Nearly 90% of UAE customers are digital converts to e-commerce

As e-commerce continues to grow, customers are placing greater emphasis on the customer experience

Dubai-based Opontia raises $20m to acquire MENA e-commerce brands

Opontia was launched in March 2021

Saad Pall - Uber Regional Manager for MENAP

Uber appoints new GM for MENA, Pakistan region

Saad Pall’s most recent role was of the company’s General Manager in Pakistan

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

How has the pandemic impacted the MENA’s logistics sector?

It seems inevitable that supply chains will be different not only in the short term but well into the foreseeable future

Neom, Tabuk Fish ink agreement to develop MENA’s largest fish farm

The hatchery will operate with a capacity of 70 million fingerlings

‘International expansion is a must for GCC tech companies’ – investment banker Joshua Jahani

Joshua Jahani, managing director of investment firm Jahani and Associates (J&A), reveals why his firm is growing in the GCC

Women’s Voice: Why the region need to see greater women participation in engineering

Although the number of STEM graduates are high in the Arab countries, it doesn’t necessarily translate to representation in the workforce

Women’s Voice: Why diversity matters in the MENA region

Businesses in the region must provide women a level playing field and create opportunities for them to progress

Here’s how MENA organisations can tip the gender scale to accelerate progress

Businesses must focus on better hiring policies, promote equitable progress and provide leadership support

Akshay Chopra, Vice-President, Head of Product Innovation and Design for CEMEA and Africa copy

How mobile network operators can drive the next wave of financial inclusion in MENA

Mobile network operators have direct access to a large customer base that includes the harder-to-reach segments of the underbanked and unbanked

Around 9 in 10 professionals in MENA region will freelance this year – survey

Extra income and learning new skills are the biggest reasons to take up freelance work among the region’s workforce

Proper mapping of MENA countries could generate billions of dollars: report

Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain working to improve their geospatial infrastructure

Dubai cybersecurity firm spiderSilk closes $2.25m funding round

Proceeds will be used to expand the firm’s geographic footprint across the MENA region

Over $1bn piled into MENA-based startups in 2020

The UAE, Egypt and Saudi Arabia accounted for 68 per cent of the total deals disclosed in 2020

Shuaa Capital invests in music streaming service Anghami

Anghami was founded in Beirut, Lebanon, in 2012

Up to 81% of MENA professionals are seeking remote jobs in 2021 – survey

The lockdowns have revealed to employees and employers alike that work can be successfully accomplished from home

Citigroup names Antonios as first female head of MENA business

She will continue as country officer for the UAE, a role she assumed in 2016

World Bank sees 5.2% contraction in MENA, in line with IMF

The dual shock of lower Brent prices and the coronavirus pandemic this year has taken an especially heavy toll on the region

Talabat to launch operations in Iraq

The company will initially launch operations in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan early next year, before expanding into Federal Iraq

New $60m fund to invest in 120 MENA-based startups amid Covid-19 tech rally

The fund will invest in tech startups across sectors including fintech, healthtech and edutech

Arab youth

UAE once again chosen as the ‘top country to live in’ by Arab youth

Nearly half of young Arabs have considered leaving their country, due to lack of opportunities and corrupt governance, finds annual Asda’a BCW survey

UAE e-commerce platform Awok shuts shop after securing $30m funding

The global economic downturn was cited as the reason