Hana El Mourad

Hana El Mourad
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Hana is a journalist from Lebanon, who has worked in her home country and in the UAE for the likes of Fortune Arabia and Arabian Business. Naturally curious, she took her English Literature degree into the world of business journalism nine years ago, and found out that she could actually get paid for it. Entrepreneurship, innovation, and the courage to try are at the core of her writing.

Qatar Is Trying To Make Business Travel Smooth As Silk

After being named “The best Airport in the Middle East” at the 2016 Skytrax World Airport Awards and becoming the first airport in the Middle East to enter the World’s Top 10... (contd.)

It’s Raining Deals In These Two GCC Countries

Kuwait and the UAE are the hottest locations for merger and acquisitions in the MENA, according to a new report.The overall value of M&A in the region improved to $6.99 billion in... (contd.)
Dubai Retail Sector Hits $35

In Dubai, Shoppers Are Bucking The Street Talk

Dubai’s retail market keeps growing at a staggering pace driven by a strong tourism sector, according to a new report.The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced in a report based on... (contd.)

Uber’s Goal To Dominate The Lebanon Market Just Got A Little Harder

Alliances and mergers are in season in the ride-hailing industry and it's probably not pleasing Uber.After the recent acquisition of Savaree,  a Lahore-based ride-hailing startup by Middle Eastern rival Careem, comes a... (contd.)

Online Shopping Just Got Smoother in Saudi Arabia

PayFort, the Dubai-based online payment gateway, is on a mission to make e-commerce smoother in Saudi Arabia.The CashU spinoff announced recently that it has integrated a new feature into its FORT payment... (contd.)

An Arab Spring Hero Just Found Some Serious Success With His Startup

After sparking the Arab Spring in Egypt with his “We are all Khaled Saeed” Facebook page, ex-Googler and TED speaker Wael Ghonim has now sparked Quora’s interest - which has acquired his latest... (contd.)

Airbnb Might Have Found Its Biggest MENA Opportunity Yet

With the World Cup 2022 deadline approaching, Qatar is looking into resorting to Airbnb as an answer to the shortage of hotel rooms in the GCC nation.Airbnb, which allows people to rent... (contd.)

The MMORPG Industry Just Got Itself A Backer From Abu Dhabi

Twofour54, Abu Dhabi’s media and entertainment free zone, and YCombinator, the Silicon Valley based Incubator, have acquired stakes in the online gaming startup Unnyhog.One of the 7 graduates of Flat6labs’ first cycle... (contd.)

Qatar Is Letting People Set Up Businesses With A Mobile App

The Qatari Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) has launched a new mobile service that enables the establishment of companies over a mobile application.The service is available on both Apple and Android... (contd.)

Wamda Pulls Ahead Of Investing Schedule

Dubai-based venture capital firm Wamda has invested over 40 per cent of its first phase of funding in 11 companies ahead of schedule, it said this week.Wamda has raised $60 million (Dhs... (contd.)

Whatsapp Pivots Revenue Model, Cancels $1 Annual Fee

Most of us woke up recently to a message from instant messenger service WhatsApp wishing us to enjoy “a lifetime free subscription”. The change came with a statement from the company’s CEO... (contd.)

So, Who Smiles & Who Whines With The End of Iran’s Sanctions?

It’s a new dawn for the Iranian economy with the lifting of the economic sanctions that had stalled it for nearly three decades. The International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed on January 16... (contd.)

An ‘Apple-killer’ Just Rolled Up Into The UAE

Xiaomi, the Beijing-based electronics giant, announced its launch into the MENA region last week by entering the UAE market with four of its range of affordable smartphones.The launch of Redmi 2, Redmi... (contd.)

Propertyfinder Scores $20 Million From Swedish VC Firm

UAE’s biggest online real estate portal Propertyfinder has sold a 10 percent stake in its business to Swedish investment firm Vostok New Ventures for $20 million, the firm announced on January 11.This... (contd.)

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