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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

Dubai tech startup Zeta raises $250m to accelerate growth

The investment values Zeta at $1.45bn

Saudi backs Palestinian state based on 1967 borders – foreign minister

Israel and Hamas are near a possible cease-fire deal, according to media reports

How Middle East businesses can rise to the net-zero challenge

Banks and FI’s are in a position to play a key role in accelerating the transition to a low carbon economy

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

Top US startup Stripe begins Mideast foray with Dubai office

The San Francisco and Dublin-based company has opened an office in Dubai Internet City

Calling the right numbers: Monty Mobile

Making a mark in the regional telecom industry has been challenging and yet rewarding, states Mountasser Hachem, founder and CEO of Monty Mobile

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Saudi Crown Prince announces two massive green initiatives to combat climate change

The overall regional tree planting programme (with 50 billion trees) is claimed to be the largest reforestation programme in the world

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How data and AI are transforming regional organisations in 2021

The people and organisations who adapted to the crisis the quickest did so with technology

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

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MENA music streaming platform Anghami merges with Vistas Media, to list on Nasdaq New York

The agreement will result in Anghami becoming the first Arab technology company to list on Nasdaq New York

Spotify to add 85 new markets with 1 billion people

Spotify is the largest paid music service in the world, and has become the single biggest source of revenue for the recording industry

Northern Ireland’s healthtech expertise to spur growth in the Middle East

Northern Ireland’s two main universities – Queens University Belfast and Ulster University – rank among the top 10 in the UK for bioscience research

Qatar Airways adds flights to Africa as carrier expands network

Its network currently stands at 120 destinations, with plans to reach 130 routes by the end of March

Power Letters 2021: Tony Douglas, CEO, Etihad Aviation Group

As part of Etihad Wellness, the airline introduced the Covid-19 global wellness insurance for all its guests

Power Letters 2021: Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, deputy mayor of Jerusalem and co-founder, UAE-Israel Business Council

In 2020, the UAE and Israel signed the Abraham Accords to establish full diplomatic ties between the countries

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New Sharjah mall City Centre Al Zahia on track to open in March 2021

The mall will be home to brands from Landmark and Azadea Group

Why Middle East investors should consider Northern Ireland’s fintech sector

The fintech sector is booming – supported in part by the Covid-19 pandemic – and Northern Ireland offers regional businesses a great platform for growth

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How visitors from the GCC can turnaround the Swiss tourism industry

The Swiss tourism industry, rattled by the Covid-19 pandemic, is plotting a hard-fought comeback beginning this winter

Investment lessons: Outbound Middle East capital seeks emerging asset classes

The considerable levels of dry powder available across the Middle East is expected to target diversification opportunities and long-term higher returns

Five key stages for developing the tourism sector across the Middle East

Tourism is essential for economic diversification, growth, and job creation

Plugging into the future: Next stop is electric vehicles

One of the biggest revelations for the luxury auto industry this year is that going electric is no longer an option – and it must be done now

ICT talent beckons a new era of learning in the Middle East

Adequate ICT talent is required to accelerate digital enablement plans across the region

Key elements that differentiate the future of smart offices in the region

Cloud video conferencing is now a core capability

Exclusive: UAE-Israel Business Council co-founders on what comes next after the peace deal

The peace deal will alter the bilateral economic landscape and much more, opine co-founders Fleur Hassan Nahoum and Dorian Barak

Bahrain, Israel sign historic joint communique to establish diplomatic relations

Bahrain became the second Gulf nation to establish full diplomatic relations with Israel

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Saudia resumes flights to 20 international destinations

The Saudi airline restarted international flights on September 15 after six-months of Covid-19 restrictions

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Dubai Lynx announces line-up of speakers for virtual event

The virtual media and advertising event will be held from October 5-7

Israel seeks 100,000 UAE tourists a year after landmark pact

A record 4.5 million tourists visited Israel in 2019

Nearly 50% residents in the region intend to move houses in next 12 months due to pandemic

Apartments are the most widely adopted form of accommodation in the region