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:

Facebook Holds Social Media Workshops for Small Businesses at GITEX Startup Movement


Throughout the week at GITEX, young entrepreneurs have had the unique opportunity to benefit from the experience and expertise of some of the world’s most successful startup heroes at the GITEX Global Startup Movement. Perhaps the most renowned startup success story, Facebook drew major attention this week at its series of social media workshops held at the event. Lead by …

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Female Assertiveness Highlighted as an Integral Factor in Women’s Empowerment


Panel discussion explores issue at the ‘Investing in the Future’ conference. The importance of female assertiveness in women’s empowerment was a key theme arising from a panel discussion that took place at the ‘Investing in the Future’ (IIFMENA) conference, which concluded today (Thursday) at the Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre in Sharjah. Titled ‘Strategic Partnerships for Economic Development,’ the …

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DubaiStartupHub stand attracts over 200 entrepreneurs at Gitex


During the first three days of its participation in the 35th Gitex Technology Week, the stand of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s newly-launched online platform DubaiStartupHub attracted over 200 business ideas from start-ups who pinned their projects onto a giant digital billboard displaying the map of Dubai. This magnetic tool is inviting investors to express interest in the projects …

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Ministry of Interior deploys Cisco Collaboration Solution Across its UAE Operations

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Cisco and Ministry of Interior (MoI) sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to drive technology innovation, enable MoI to stay at the forefront of technological updates and harness latest trends. Collaboration deployment one of the largest in the UAE; delivers communication efficiencies, higher flexibilityand increased reach across MoI departments at reduced costs. Dubai, UAE – October 20, 2016: Cisco and the …

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Qatar Development Bank sponsors participation of Qatari entrepreneurs at 36th GITEX Technology Week exhibition

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In the interest of regionally advancing local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and fostering a culture of entrepreneurship in Qatar, Qatar Development Bank (QDB) is sponsoring local entrepreneurs, currently incubated at Qatar Business Incubation Center (QBIC) at the 36th GITEX Technology Week 2016 conference and exhibition. The expo is currently taking place at the Dubai World Trade Center in Dubai, …

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Kuwait’s Al-Sumait Prize for African Development announces Winners for Health and Food Security Categories


The winners of the Kuwait-sponsored, Al-Sumait 2015 Health Award and 2016 Food Security Award have been announced by the prestigious Board of Trustees at a meeting in Kuwait City. Today’s Board of Trustees meeting of the Al-Sumait Prize for African Development ( honored ground-breaking research on tackling childhood malaria and addressing undernourishment through Africa, which both impact the lives of …

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Masdar unveils new licences for clean-tech at GITEX

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Additional licensing categories will empower UAE start-ups to bring their innovative ideas in clean technology and sustainability to market. Abu Dhabi, UAE – Masdar City, one of the world’s most sustainable urban developments, is introducing new licences to encourage entrepreneurs to set up within the City’s business free zone. The announcement coincides with the 36th Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) …

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Afriland First Bank and the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) have signed an agreement to create an Islamic Window in Ivory Coast


The cooperation reflects ICD’s ambition to promote Islamic Finance in its member countries, and support its growing presence and activities in Africa The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) (, the private sector arm of Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group, in partnership with Afriland First Bank Ivory Coast (, a Pan-African full service bank, have signed …

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MENA businesses will have to re-invent their IT strategies to survive in a digital economy, say Equinix experts


Equinix introduces ‘Interconnection Oriented Architecture™’ at GITEX to help companies migrate to the Cloud. Dubai, UAE – Equinix, the global interconnection and data center company, is showcasing solutions that can help MENA businesses digitally transform, at GITEX Technology Week, from 16th until the 20th of October. As we enter the Interconnected Era, Chief Information Officers (CIOs) are facing new challenges. …

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“Cyber security should not be an afterthought for an organisation, it should be at the heart of the thought itself” – Osman Sultan


du’s third cyber security conference, sponsored by partner-sponsor Huawei, and presenting sponsors Cisco, HP, IBM, Oracle, Nokia, and others, welcomed 12 regional and international speakers to discuss the global importance of cyber security and its relevance in the UAE. Dubai, UAE – du’s highly anticipated Cyber Security Conference, which was held at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai on October 9, 2016, …

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