Marc Mcilhone

Marc Mcilhone is ArabBrains' Editor - sourcing news and features content and overseeing the work of the site’s contributors. Marc’s work is informed by his technical background in architecture having worked for some of the UK’s leading practices on projects within the education, healthcare and housing sectors. Marc has a particular interest in how innovators are creating sustainable solutions that have a positive impact on people’s everyday lives. Please email press releases and news to:

Dubai Customs receives UK diplomatic delegation

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Ahmed Mahboob Musabih: Dubai-UK trade stood at AED 6.7 billion in Q1 2016. Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Dubai Customs is committed to reinforcing cooperation and coordination with foreign diplomatic corps in order to boost Dubai’s foreign trade. Living up to this strategic objective, Director of Dubai Customs Ahmed Mahboob Musabih has received officials from the British Embassy with whom …

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Discovery Networks selects du as the preferred partner for broadcasting of new television channels in MENA region


Agreement to facilitate launch of brand new Discovery Networks channels, DKids HD, DLife HD and DMAX HD. Discovery Networks today announced it has signed an agreement with du as its official playout and distribution service provider across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. As a result of the agreement, du will offer its expertise to manage the transmission …

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Legal Tech Startup from the UAE Gains Traction in Innovating Justice

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Legal Advice Middle East, the first online legal services marketplace in the region, has been selected for the semi-final round of the Innovating Justice Challenge 2016, run by the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL). Earlier this year, 69 justice innovations from around the world were shortlisted by HiiL in this year’s Challenge from more than four hundred applications. …

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UPDATE 2-IMF agrees $12 billion 3-year funding deal with Egypt


IMF loans to help budget deficit and dollar shortage Deal still to be approved by IMF executive committee Markets cautious, pending implementation By Lin Noueihed and Ahmed Aboulenein CAIRO, Aug 11 (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund has agreed in principle to grant Egypt a $12 billion three-year loan facility, to support a government reform programme aimed at plugging a …

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DEWA first government organisation in Dubai to establish a 24/7 Cyber Defence Centre


Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is the first government organisation in Dubai to establish a 24/7 cyber defence centre, in adherence with the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the smartest city in the world. DEWA’s cyber defence centre was established …

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Social media emerging as major business enabler for Arab SMEs, says Orient Planet Research report


  92 per cent of polled GCC SMEs already on social media Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn driving unprecedented customer engagement for Arab SMEs Internet users in the Arab World is poised to climb to 226 million by 2018 SMEs contributes around 33 percent to GDP and comprises nearly 25 percent of the total labor force in Saudi Arabia Like the …

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University of Jordan Students step into the Driver’s Seat to facilitate business growth through innovation


Workshop organized by TRACCS enables graduates ascertain the significance of Public Relations for organizational success. Amman, Jordan – Students from the school of Business at the University of Jordan recently embarked on a journey to discover career opportunities that create value, drive innovation and facilitate unprecedented organizational success. These students were taken on road-trip of lifetime by one of the …

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71 per cent of UAE Residents Will Take advice from Social Media Influencers before Buying Products

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New Survey from PR Agency BPG Cohn & Wolfe Demonstrates Impact of Influencers – Particularly in Beauty, Fashion and Food. Dubai – The growing power of social media influencers and bloggers has been borne out by new research from Dubai-based PR agency BPG Cohn & Wolfe that shows that 71 per cent of UAE residents aged 18-40 are happy to …

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Ericsson and Etisalat Misr win GTB 2016 innovation award for the second year in a row


For the second year in a row, Ericsson and Etisalat Misr won the Global Telecom Business (GTB) innovation award The Global Telecoms Business Innovation Awards highlights innovative projects in the global telecommunications industry Both companies received an award for their joint efforts in launching the Customer Value Management solution for Etisalat Misr For the second year in a row, Ericsson …

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Fortes Education appoints Executive Principal, Keith Miller for New Sunmarke School

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– Director of Education and Executive Principal appointed for brand new Dubai school, Sunmarke School ahead of September 2016 opening – Fortes Education has today announced the appointment of a new Director of Education and Executive Principal, Keith Miller for its newly launched Sunmarke School, and the established British school, Regent International School and Jumeirah International Nurseries. Mr. Miller, with …

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