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Disruptive Innovation in Diamond Investment: Shining Bright in an “Opaque” Market

Loose diamonds are the most concentrated form of portable wealth in the world and yet, due to what has been described as “opaque” trading practices in the commodity, they have remained an unregulated and non-interchangeable asset class – until now….

VUL9 Security Solutions: UAE’s Newest Cybersecurity Provider Warns of Weak Cyber Defences in the GCC

The recent Qatar National Bank data leak came as a reminder to companies and governments alike in the GCC that cybersecurity is no joke (Check if you have been affected by the leak here). Whether it is financial institutions, digital…

World Class Innovations Maintain Dubai’s Status as One of the World’s Top Investment Destinations

Dubai remains a key destination for global investors, as many of the city’s upcoming property developments are set to break dozens of Guinness World Records over the next few years—records that will be in good company with existing world record…

The Top 5 Traits Of The Best Startups In The Middle East

At the Seedstars World Finals in Switzerland earlier this month, there were two startups from the Middle East among the 12 finalists, and many more among the 50+ startups from around the world. Omniup Ads from Morocco and Yaqut from…

From Arabia to the World: Mandilicious to Bring Its Authentic Cuisine of Arabia to Canada

The highly acclaimed and popular restaurant chain in the Middle East, Mandilicious™, will soon open its doors in Canada, following a Master Franchise Agreement signed with a private investment group. The first outlet will open before summer 2016, in a…

Arab World’s Leading Investment Bank Introduces EFG One on One MENA Consensus, a Unique Real-Time Poll of Top Global Investors and Listed Companies

New annual survey will be a feature of the largest MENA investor conference, which grew in size once more in 2016 More than 455 international fund managers and institutional investors from 221 institutions with aggregate assets under management in excess…

Book Your Spot: MENA Cristal Innovation & Digital Congress – February 18

The MENA Cristal Innovation & Digital Congress is an event tailored for Marketers and the Advertising industry. This year, the 11th Edition is held in Dubai on February 18th @Sofitel Jumeirah Beach. Attendees will benefit from regional and international expertise, through…

Leading Online Beauty Store Basharacare Expands across the GCC

BasharaCare, the leading online beauty store in the UAE, has now opened up to shoppers in the rest of the GCC. This expansion opens up BasharaCare’s unique shopping experience to customers across the gulf, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman,…

Jumeirah Group Appointed By Select Group for Marina Gate

Jumeirah Group, the global hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, has signed an agreement with Select Group to manage 508 properties within Marina Gate, their flagship residential development at the gateway to Dubai Marina. Jumeirah Group will bring its luxury hospitality…

Launch of the Arabia CSR Awards 9th Cycle

The 2016 edition of the Arab Region’s most sought after annual awards was officially introduced in a press launch in Cairo, Egypt. In a new move, the Arabia CSR Awards 2016 first public launch was held outside the United Arab…

Mindshare’s “Content Decoded” Wraps Up in Dubai

Mindshare, which is part of WPP, is a global media agency network helping clients to make collaborative and adaptive decisions across their paid, owned, and earned marketing in real-time. “Content Decoded,” the agency’s themed annual media summit, came to a…

QNB Group: Financial Results for the Year Ended 31 December 2015

QNB Group, a leading bank in the Middle East and Africa, continued to record robust growth in profitability, with Net Profit for 2015 amounting to QR11.3 billion (USD3.1 billion), up by 7.7% compared to 2014. Based on the strong financial…

Innovation & Digital Cristal Congress: The Go To Event For All Things Digital

The flagship event Innovation & Digital Cristal Congress is back again this year with an exciting lineup of panels, sessions and a new MENA Start-ups contest that is sure to leave the audience begging for more! Let’s improve the standards…

Hong Kong Trade Fairs in January and March 2016 Strengthening Bilateral Trade Between Hong Kong and UAE

Hong Kong and UAE have enjoyed robust bilateral trade relations on a range of products and services over the years. Adding to the Hong Kong’s business advantages, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) organises more than 30 exhibitions each year…

Fuel Systems Manufacturer Stanadyne Plans Global Expansion with New Facility in the UAE

Stanadyne, a fuel injection system developer based in Windsor, Connecticut, today announced plans to open a facility in the UAE in spring 2016. The announcement follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Millat Tractors Ltd. that outlines a…

LaunchScale: A Snapshot of The Startup Scene in San Francisco

According to Angel List, there are over 11000 startups in San Francisco. That is as much as the startups in Oceania, Africa, and South America combined. In one city. So, what a better way to experience the vibe than attend one…

VUL9 Security Solutions: How A Startup Is Trying To Build A Safer Cyberspace In The Middle East

Ashley Madison, Sony, the US government, Iran Nuclear Centrifuges and ARAMCO facilities in Saudi Arabia. These are just a few of the high profile targets that have been hacked in the past and that reminds us all how vulnerable the…

Apple Is Running Low On Time: LVMH to Rival Apple Watch

It was reported a while back that tech tycoon LVMH has plans to release their own smart watch, presumably under one of their subsidiary companies, that would rival Apple’s Apple Watch, which was released earlier to mixed reviews. Apple is used…

Innovation 4 Impact Competition: Time To Get Your Ideas In Front of Decision Makers and Opinion Leaders

One of the models for entrepreneurial development which has attracted a lot of replication in many places, Dubai included, is the Singapore model.  Its government-led programs have sparked a rapidly developing venture capital ecosystem that, while dwarfed in size by…

Zara’s Owner Has Passed Warren Buffett To Become The World’s Second-Richest Man

Amancio Ortega, the Spanish fast-fashion baron behind Zara—known for peddling cheap, trendy items like $15 crop-tops—has surpassed Warren Buffett to claim the title of world’s second-richest person. His net worth, according to Bloomberg, is $71.5 billion compared to Buffett’s $70.2 billion—although Buffett…