Dubai billionaire Alabbar plans messaging app for Middle East

Billionaire Mohamed Alabbar, one of Dubai’s most prominent businessmen, plans a phone messaging service for the Middle East that aims to compete with services such as WhatsApp.

Alabbar, who made his fortune as the chairman of Dubai’s largest listed property developer, Emaar Properties EMAR.DU, has been moving into other areas, in particular technology.

Asked on […]

Kuwait restores citizenship of pro-opposition activist

The Kuwaiti administrative lower court has ordered the government to restore the citizenship of pro-opposition activist Ahmad Jabr Al-Shammari, along with the citizenship of his wife and four children, it also ordered the government to compensate him.

Al-Shammari, the owner of Al-Youm television station, had his passport confiscated in July 2014 after he openly criticised […]

GSMA Announces Full Speaker Line-up for Mobile 360 Series Middle East

The GSMA today confirmed the final speaker line-up and agenda for its upcoming Mobile 360 Series – Middle East conference taking place in Dubai 17-18 October 2016. The mobile industry-focused event, which is now in its fourth year, brings together a world-class conference programme that includes senior representatives from the region’s mobile operators, ecosystem players, […]

Meet Anghami, the Spotify of the Middle East

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Since launching in 2012, Anghami has established itself as the leading music streaming platforms in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), amassing more than 24 million users, including 5 million monthly active users (MAU), […]

Apple boosts iPhone security after Middle East spyware discovery

A botched attempt to break into the iPhone of an Arab activist using hitherto unknown espionage software has trigged a global upgrade of Apple’s mobile operating system, researchers said Thursday.

 

The spyware took advantage of three previously undisclosed weaknesses in Apple’s iPhone to take complete control of the devices, according to reports published Thursday […]

Middle East light lab nears switch on date

An intergovernmental research lab in Jordan that will use light and X-rays to investigate atoms, cells and materials, will soon start operations aimed at bolstering the region’s scientific capacity.

The first two ‘beam sources’, which will emit infrared light and X-rays, will be in operation shortly, SESAME staff announced in Manchester, United Kingdom, on 27 […]

Daylight Savings Worldwide

Daylight saving time in the United States is the practice of setting the clock forward by one hour during the warmer part of the year, so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less. Most areas of the United States observe daylight saving time (DST), the exceptions being Arizona (except for the Navajo Nation, […]

ICANN Announces the Release of “Middle East DNS Study”

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announces the publication of the final report [PDF, 8.38 MB] on the Domain Name System (DNS) for the Middle East and Adjoining Countries (MEAC). “Middle East DNS Study” was completed after receiving feedback on the initial draft, which was published before the ICANN54 meeting in Dublin.

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Cyber Day Deals and Special Offers

Cyber Day o Cyber Monday is a marketing term for the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. The term “Cyber Day” was created by marketing companies to persuade people to shop online. The term was coined by Ellen Davis and made its debut on November 28, 2005 in a Shop.org press release […]