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Developers and Designers: Let’s Give a Toast to Entrepreneurship!

Global Startup Battle is going on all over the world, with startup enthusiasts, developers, and designers fighting for the realization of ideas like never before. Of course, Dubai is having it’s fair share, too. ​ The theme “Your City. Your…

Arabian Business StartUp Awards 2015: Meet the UAE’s Finest Entrepreneurs

As the importance of entrepreneurship continues to grow across the region, Arabian Business StartUp once again celebrates the success of those who have stood out from the crowd. The 2015 edition of the awards will recognise the people, businesses and organizations that…

The Future Is Here: Dubai Is Giving Firefighters $200,000 Jetpacks to Fight Skyscraper Fires

You’d be surprised with what you can find in Dubai, from Lions riding in the back of their owner’s cars to skyscrapers twisting in the air, Ferrari and Bugatti police units and zip lines cutting through dancing fountains next to the…

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority Presents Emirati Expressions IV: Conventions of Arts

The 2015 edition explores the functionality and usability of art through works by 15 accomplished Emirati artists, displayed at Manarat Al Saadiyat, and in the community clubs around the city of Abu Dhabi The fourth edition of Emirati Expressions will…

All You Need To Know About The Prestigious Venice Internship Programme & The National Pavilion United Arab Emirates (UAE) la Biennale di Venezia

The National Pavilion United Arab Emirates (UAE) la Biennale di Venezia has appointed Yasser Elsheshtawy, Associate Professor of Architecture at the United Arab Emirates University, as the curator for the UAE’s participation in the 15th International Architecture Exhibition at la…

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…

High Stakes and Global Waste: One Promising Strategy Toward a Sustainable Future

I looked on with keen interest as world leaders clashed at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York City over an appropriate course of action in the Syrian theater of war, its refugee crisis, ISIL and other ongoing…

Cyber Security:  The Employees Are Our Weakest Link

On October 5-6, the Cyber Security for Critical Assets – MENA was held in Dubai and was organized by Qatalyst Global. I was honored to be the Chairman of a Panel discussion with panelists hailing from various industries:  Du Telecomms (Telecommunications), Air…

Global Shapers Abu Dhabi: Leading Positive Change One Initiative At A Time

How do you get the brightest change leaders and industry experts in a city to come together and champion valuable initiatives and projects that could benefit the local communities? The answer is easy, and it’s already positively changing 154 global cities…

Steve Jobs Said It Best: Marketing is About Values (Video)

There is so much noise out there when it comes to the how and why of marketing. Thousands of marketing experts and gurus line up to throw some BS here and there, and show you how to market your product and…

Chat with Dr. Sayd Farook: Islamic Economy, Entrepreneurship and The Dubai Startup Ecosystem

The UAE today is a hub for entrepreneurship, finance, islamic banking, arts and everything in between. It can get messy at times to understand and appreciate the importance of the emirates as a global power player and trendsetter, so it is only fair…

Abu Dhabi Art 2015 Galleries and Programme of Art, Talks and Performances Revealed

Abu Dhabi, September 16 2015: Abu Dhabi Art presents a selection of the world’s leading modern and contemporary art galleries alongside a dynamic programme of performances, talks and sensational experiences taking place at Manarat Al Saadiyat from November 18 –…

Shut Up And Take Our Money: The One And Only ICON A5 Is A Plane Everyone Can Fly

If you’re one of the many who always dreamt of flying a plane but couldn’t afford to do so either because planes are so damn expensive or because learning how to fly one was a daunting undertaking, then rejoice because the…

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…

Coders Rejoice: Here Is The Software Engineer’s Ultimate Online Handbook by Toptal

Always wanted to take your coding game to a whole new level but never knew how? Overwhelmed with tons of online courses that promise to turn you into the next Mark Zuckerberg? How about a curated list of resources and…

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…

Donald Trump Is The Right Guy For The Job And Here Is Why

Politics has never been this interesting or entertaining since Ronald Reagan, and judging from the growing interest in the presidential race and the plethora of candidates that would make any news channel salivate lining up the GOP field, we can’t help but admire…

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…

Moroccan Global Alliance: An Elite Network Set On Transforming Morocco

Selective networks across the world are nothing scarce, from the dark Skull & Bones in Yale University to more transparent groups such as Kairos Society, they come in all sorts of flavours and degrees of openness. Yet, what these usually tend…

Cybersecurity in the Middle East: You’re Not As Safe As You Think

You go online, start shopping on on E-commerce site or open an online banking account with your financial institution, and a week later you find abnormal purchases made through your card or paid service signups under your name. This is…