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News: UAE Digital Marketplace, Noon, Goes Live

October 11, 2017 Comments

At the beginning of October, the Arabic-first digital platform, Noon, commenced operations in the UAE. There are now several online marketplaces operating in the region, which should benefit consumers tremendously through growing options and competitive pricing that conventional brick and mortar sto...

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Category:
Country Specific
Tags:
e-commerce, MENA region
Doing Business in the MENA Region: The Kingdom of Bahrain

March 14, 2017 Comments

If you are considering expanding your business operations to the MENA region, this blog will help you understand how the business world operates in the Kingdom of Bahrain. I will briefly cover the health of the economy, the leading industries, the ease of starting a business and the laws and regulat...

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Country Specific
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MENA region, Bahrain
The Growing Arabic Speaking Marketplace

July 24, 2016 Comments

Global marketers planning to target the Middle East are missing a huge opportunity if they don't translate their digital content into Arabic. Below is a look at the size of the Arabic-speaking market. Market research company Common Sense Advisory states in order to reach 90% of the online com...

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Category:
Language Translation Facts
Tags:
Arabic, Arabic speakers, MENA ecommerce, MENA region
MENA Marketing Leaders’ 2016 Digital Marketing Priorities

July 21, 2016 Comments

Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) gathered at the CMO Academy hosted by Google and INSEAD in Abu Dhabi late in 2015 to discuss ways of improving digital marketing strategies to an increasingly digital audience....

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Country Specific
Tags:
MENA region, Marketing in the MENA region, MENA region consumers
The Rise of Ecommerce in the MENA Region

May 10, 2016 Comments

The MENA region's ecommerce market will continue to grow in 2016. The market for physical products sold online is predicted to grow $6.4 billion by 2020, which will result in a $13.4 billion ecommerce market in the MENA region. This is a significant increase compared to the market valuation in 2014,...

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Category:
Country Specific
Tags:
MENA ecommerce, MENA region, ecommerce, global ecommerce
Angel Investors

April 13, 2015 Comments

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to attend two major events on global investments and new business opportunities in the MENA region. Both events discussed foreign investments in the MENA region, the incentives governments are willing to give to attract investors, and the role investors pl...

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Category:
Global Conferences
Tags:
angel investors, MENA region, startups, globalization

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