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Marc Mcilhone

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: editor@arabbrains.com

UAE leads Middle East in digital competitiveness

Emirates ranking jumped one place to 17th globally The UAE’s global ranking in digital competitiveness continued to improve as it secured the 17th position in IMD World Digital Competitiveness 2018 report. The region’s second biggest economy also maintained its lead in the Middle East chiefly due to Dubai’s strong push towards digitisation and embracing new technologies to make the emirate …

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Accelerating Entrepreneurship: Sharjah’s Sheraa grants $50,000 to tech start-up

The UAE’s Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (Sheraa) awarded $50,000 to Solva Technologies, a tech start-up that offers environmentally-friendly solutions to electric motorbikes, Sheraa said in a press release on Sunday. The Emirates, over the past two years, has been increasing efforts to support tech start-ups and entrepreneurs, it sees as vital to the country’s growth and prosperity. Late last month, Sheikh …

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No connection: Online apps and social platforms struggle to establish bonds with UAE users – study

A new study has shown that mobile apps and online social platforms are “struggling” to create strong bonds with consumers in the United Arab Emirates, despite their widespread use. A survey of 1,000 UAE residents carried out by MBLM, a brand consultancy firm, said that last year apps and online social networks in general ranked lowly, coming 13th on a …

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Technology will help drive the next wave of growth in UAE

Boost in efficiency with leaner organisations, resources to invest in other areas of growth Commonly, businesses require a great deal of support to process government and corporate transactions such as licensing, leasing, visa issuance and customer care. The level of support received has become a fundamental factor in evaluating any business environment, as it enables companies to get their business …

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UAE’s smart services help save $2.17bln over three years

The savings generated can be attributed to reducing the time it takes to process transactions and cutting fuel costs. Smart Government applications generated savings of AED8.00 billion in three years, according to a study conducted by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, (TRA). The study addressed the impact of the UAE Smart Government on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) from 2015 through …

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Seed capital helps MENA female start-ups take flight

Women are underrepresented when it comes to new business launches and Elissa Freiha – founder of the first female-focused accelerator in the region, Womena – is passionate about pushing the numbers higher. “Honestly, I think this region is the most exciting start-up space globally right now for the simple fact that the potential is still untapped,” she says. “The resources …

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Dubai to cut municipal fees, freeze school costs in stimulus effort

The council also decided to scrap 19 fees related to the aviation industry and waived late payment fees on property registrations for 60 days Dubai’s government said it would reduce municipal fees, scrap some aviation charges and freeze school costs in the latest of a series of efforts to stimulate economic growth, which has been hindered by weak real estate …

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Saudia launches complimentary WhatsApp data package on flights

Expanded free WhatsApp package onboard all flights SAUDI Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA), the national flag carrier of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has listened to the overwhelmingly positive feedback from its guests on a recently launched complimentary onboard data connectivity package. WhatsApp needs no introduction. A global application that connects people and places, it is one of the most popular social …

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Popular Arab social media stars talk about success and social messaging on YouTube

The final session of Sharjah Ramadan Majlis at al Majaz Amphitheatre last night (Sunday, June 3) was dedicated to the new generation of YouTubers Sharjah Government Media Bureau – If YouTube has emerged as one of the most powerful modern media platforms with massive impact on public perceptions and attitudes, a great deal of credit goes to social media stars …

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Know your numbers: Advisors welcome banks’ attempt to improve financial knowledge among business owners

Zawya Express presents the top story, topic or trend highlighted by our editorial team as recommended reading to start your working day The introduction of a new guide aimed at improving the financial literacy of business owners has been welcomed by advisors. The UAE Banks Federation (UBF) announced yesterday that the 64-page guide has been produced as part of its …

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