Tag: Tech

We are VR

  By Laith Abou-Ragheb   Oculus Rift Mark Zuckerberg clearly sees great potential in VR; Oculus was just a humble startup when it was snapped up by Facebook for a cool $2 billion back in 2014. Very much representing the…

How to Spot the Next Big Thing

From Careem to ArabiaWeather, VC firm Wamda Capital has a canny knack of picking out the most exciting prospects from our region’s burgeoning startup scene.   By Dina Al-Wakeel Leading the region’s venture capital firms, Wamda Capital invests in propitious entrepreneurial…

SAMIH TOUKAN

Venture at 10: Samih Toukan

Samih Toukan, Cofounder of Maktoob.com Date of Interview: July 2009 Maktoob, the first social network in the Arab World, was one of the first to exploit the new medium of the Internet as it was launched in the early 2000s….

ReserveOut

ReserveOut Raises $4 million in Latest Funding Round

ReserveOut, the leading online restaurant reservations platform and table management system provider in the Middle East and other growth markets, just announced a Series A raise of over $4 million led by regional VC firm Silicon Badia with the participation…

EMP Jordan CEO Hassan Mayassi

Embracing E-Payments

Set up to deliver electronic payment services to banks, retailers, governments, and the general public, EMP is now working to turn Jordan into a cash-free society. Changing any society’s habits takes time. Encouraging consumers to switch from using cash and…

The Mobile World Congress (MWC)

MWC Special

The Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona is easily one of the biggest events on the consumer tech calendar. This year’s edition featured some impressive pieces of kit. Here are four that really stood out. By Laith Abou-Ragheb   LG…

smart city

The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear a VR Headset

Virtual reality (VR) has been around for quite a while. But the tech now seems advanced and cheap enough to finally enter the mainstream. By Zeid Nasser Timbuk 3’s 1986 hit The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades perfectly…

Deloitte

Deloitte 2016 Middle East: Virtual Reality to Become Billion Dollar Niche

In its 4th year of releasing TMT predictions with specific relevance to the MENA region, Deloitte continues to supply industry insights based on deep analysis, built around meetings with industry experts and field executives, as well as Deloitte’s proprietary programs…

Gemalto Jordan e-ID card

Gemalto Chosen to Introduce e-ID Program

International digital security firm Gemalto said it’s been selected by the Ministry of ICT to implement a new citizen ID program across Jordan. Amsterdam-based Gemalto said in a statement it’s been tasked with delivering e-ID cards as well as automatic…

Ala Suleiman, Cofounder of Masmoo3

Telling Stories

Through Masmoo3, Ala Suleiman seeks to build an audience for Arabic audio books. By Camilla Caraccio After spotting a gap in the Middle East’s publishing market for listening to stories on-the-go, Ala Suleiman joined his sister in founding Masmoo3, the…