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Dubai attracts 57% of scaleup funding in MENA region – report

Scaleups in the UAE raised $5.4bn as of December 2021

PepsiCo expands recycling and collection initiatives in the Middle East

PepsiCo has introduced mass collection initiatives in partnership with large third-party companies across various markets in the region

E-commerce

UAE e-commerce market valued at over $5bn in 2021

Total e-commerce in the UAE is projected to cross $8bn by 2025

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Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo appointed as official ambassador for talabat

Talabat will feature Ronaldo in a number of campaigns and on-ground activations across the MENA region

In pics: Sheikh Hamdan opens Meta’s new regional headquarters in Dubai

The new base will serve the Middle East and North Africa region

Darwinbox accelerates MENA expansion after leaping to unicorn status

With new Series D investment, the company is set to aggressively expand its team in the UAE and open its next GCC office in Saudi Arabia

HSBC reclaims bond crown in Mideast

Following $122bn in debt sales in 2021, governments and companies will probably front-load much of their funding needs this year

Bahrain’s Al Waha Fund of Funds invests in $50m fintech fund

The VentureSouq MENA FinTech Fund will support fintech companies in Bahrain and across the region

Voices from the MENA region’s women in tech

As the IT industry grows, so will opportunities for everyone – including women, who often do not have the same opportunities available to them in an arguably male-dominated field

Human Logic - Gamalearn partnership

Human Logic, Gamalearn collaborate to support region’s education sector

The organisations plan to integrate their technological solutions to boost the growth of the education industry

IT spending in Middle East and North Africa to grow by 2.6% in 2022: Gartner

Spending growth will be moderate compared to 2021, but will exceed pre-pandemic level

GITEX Global: Interview with Massimo Cannizzo, CEO and co-founder, Gellify Middle East

Gellify, in collaboration with Azimut recently launched a $50m VC Fund to help MENA startups, with a focus on enhancing advanced technology-based innovation in the region

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Dubai-based tech startup raises $500,000 in seed funding

The company was founded in July 2020 and now has over 50,000 users in Dubai alone is offering a unique pay per minute payment model

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