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:

MoF organises workshop for the launch of the ‘HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Fund to Finance Innovation’ pilot phase

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE

As part of its commitment to support the federal government’s directives with regards to innovation, the Ministry of Finance ( MoF ), organised earlier this month, a workshop for the launch of ‘HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Fund to Finance Innovation’ pilot phase, at its premises in Dubai. The fund was announced during ‘UAE Innovation Week’ and is …

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LinkedIn, Facebook, Dell and Ericsson launch Connecting Women in Technology (CWIT) chapter in Middle East


LinkedIn, Dell , Facebook and Ericsson held the first ever MENA Connecting Women in Technology (CWIT) event in Dubai earlier this week. CWIT, a collaborative initiative which started with 15 technology companies in Ireland, was created to attract and retain women in the technology industry. The MENA chapter aims to drive initiatives that encourage and support a culture of innovation …

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Dubai and Abu Dhabi lead water sustainability in the Middle East


Arcadis’ Sustainable Cities Water Index explores water sustainability of global cities based on Resiliency, Efficiency and Quality. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the region’s most sustainable cities for water, according to Arcadis’ Sustainable Cities Water Index. However, major cities in the UAE are still in need of greater investment and prioritization to improve their resiliency due to geographical location and …

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Gulf Software Distribution and NetSuite sign strategic agreement to drive cloud ERP in Middle East

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New Subsidiary of Gulf Business Machines, the Region’s Largest IT Solutions Provider, Launches NetSuite Practice to Meet Growing Demand for Cloud ERP NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), the industry’s leading provider of cloud-based financials / ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced that Gulf Software Distribution (GSD) has joined the NetSuite Solution Provider Partner Program as a strategic partner. GSD …

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DEWA releases tender for 3D-printed R&D Laboratories at Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park

HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and DEWA President

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority ( DEWA ) has released an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the construction of 3D-printed Laboratories, to conduct research on drones and 3D-printing technologies, at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site project in the world. The Solar Park will generate 1,000 megawatts (MW) by 2020 and 5,000MW by 2030. The …

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Green Forum at the British University in Dubai makes recommendations for innovation towards sustainable development

the british university

The British University in Dubai hosted the Green Forum to celebrate the success of a university-industry-government collaboration in a study trip to Scandinavia and discuss the feasibility of applying innovative green concepts in the UAE. The trip was organized by BUiD and supported by Al Maktoum Foundation, ENOC, Alkhaleej Sugar, Al Habtoor, and Alrostomani. The Green Forum was attended by …

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The Sustainable City welcomes Dubai Properties delegation

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Mohammed Al Habbai visits the first fully integrated and operational sustainable community in the region. A delegation from Dubai Properties (DP) visited ‘The Sustainable City’ (TSC) – the region’s first fully integrated and operational sustainable community – in Dubai this week. Mohammed Al Habbai, Chief Executive Officer for Urban Planning and Infrastructure of Dubai Properties , led the DP party …

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du selects Ericsson as IT managed services partner


Ericsson enters into long-term partnership to manage and operate du ‘s IT infrastructure Ericsson assumes end-to-end responsibility for IT infrastructure, application operations, and security compliance Ericsson’s global tools, processes and ways of working to improve performance and support high-quality customer experiences Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and du , a telecommunications operator based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, have agreed a new …

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Monster Employment Index: Healthcare is the fastest growing occupation in the Kingdom; HR & Admin shows strong potential for growth


Demand for HR and Admin professionals showed 4% increase in April 2016, as compared to the same time last year, with strong potential for further growth Saudi Arabia is creating strong employment opportunities for Healthcare, HR &Admin and Sales and Business Development professionals, as shown by the latest Monster Employment Index. Demand for healthcare professionals has been growing tremendously over …

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Zain KSA provides VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling for iPhone users


Only operator in the Kingdom and Middle East to provide both services. Zain Saudi Arabia launched the new VoLTE service on iPhone devices with the latest iOS 9.3.2, in corporation wit Apple the company announced. Eng. Sultan Abdulaziz AlDeghaither, Chief Technology Officer at Zain KSA said “VoLTE offers more options to our customers over 168 city and province covered with …

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