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ArabNet Digital Summit 2014: Global Digital Businesses Roundup

The ArabNet Digital Summit gathered the biggest players in digital business from around the globe, which are disrupting traditional markets with their innovative products and services. The conference included announcements of new products, services, statistics and investments that will change the digital market in MENA in the near future, and will build bridges between global and regional businesses to connect and prosper. Here’s a roundup of the latest announcements at the ArabNet Digital Summit. Aramex ...
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The 5th Edition of the ArabNet Digital Summit Kicks off in Dubai

The 5th edition of the ArabNet Digital Summit 2014 kicked off this morning at Atlantis the Palm in Dubai. Held with the Strategic Partnership of Digital Media Services (DMS), the conference drew in more than 1,000 participating digital professionals, entrepreneurs, startups, advertising agencies, and media, along with its 110 international and regional expert speakers, and 90 sponsors and partners. The opening ceremony featured keynote speaker H.E. Noura Al Kaabi, CEO of TwoFour54, where she praised ...
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ArabNet Digital Summit to Host 1,000 Digital Professionals in Dubai This Week

For the second year in a row, Dubai will host the region’s largest gathering of leaders in digital business and entrepreneurship, the ArabNet Digital Summit 2014, taking place on June 3-5 at Atlantis the Palm in Dubai. Held in Strategic Partnership with Digital Media Services (DMS), the conference is set to convene more than 1,000 digital business professionals, investors, entrepreneurs, and media from the four corners of the world. The Digital Summit will feature over a hundred international ...
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The Exponential Growth of Online Shopping in The Middle East

The Middle East is among the most dynamic regions embracing online shopping, the highest being the UAE, where around 51% of people are shopping online. The industry is growing exponentially, with a reported 30 million people in the Middle East shopping online, and the market is expected to grow to $15 billion by 2015. With this high demand, local, regional, and global e-merchants are competing to cater to the increasing needs of the region’s buyers. This June, one of the main themes of the ArabNet ...
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ArabNet Crowns 4 Developers in Jordan

A group of young web and mobile developers gathered last Saturday at the ArabNet Developer Tournament in Jordan, the third in a series of regional tournaments for developers spanning 3 Arab countries: Lebanon, UAE, and Jordan. The tournament, which was held with in partnership with Nabbesh, took place at Oasis500 Business Center in Amman. The venue quickly became tightly packed with anxious competitors and many more that were there to network, build their coding skills and connect with potential ...
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ArabNet: Digital Advertising Spend to Reach $1B in the MENA by 2017

Global ad spend is on track to grow by 5.5% this year and reach $537 billion, with online ad spend accounting for nearly one-quarter of the staggering amount.  The global growth of the advertising sector is paralleled closely in the MENA region: digital ad spend in 2013 reached $300 million, and is increasing at 37% per year to reach an astounding $1B in 2017. “Digital advertising is the fastest growing segment in the region – and not surprisingly,” says Tom Roychoudhury, Chief Innovations ...
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ArabNet: 180 New Digital Businesses Open in The UAE as ICT Investments Boom

With a number of key indicators pointing to strong growth in startups and other new digital businesses in the UAE, the region’s hub for digital investment and innovation is to again host the region’s key digital event, the ArabNet Digital Summit. “The digital opportunity in the GCC is undoubtedly here and that’s precisely the opportunity we’ll be exploring at the ArabNet Digital Summit in Dubai,” said Omar Christidis, CEO and Founder of ArabNet. The Summit is set to convene more than ...
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Official: Dubai to Host ArabNet Digital Summit This June

For the second year in a row, Dubai will host the region’s largest gathering of leaders in digital business and entrepreneurship, the ArabNet Digital Summit 2014, with more than 130 international and regional speakers, 1000+ attendees, and 50+ fast growing digital SMEs.  The Summit will take place at Atlantis, The Palm, on June 3-5, 2014, andaims to grow the digital sector in the region by connectingArab businesses with global industry leaders. The Digital Summit will feature a Forum Track, ...
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ArabNet Beirut 2014: Day 2 Wrap-Up

As Arabnet unraveled the second day of its 2014 edition with a visit by government officials most notably H.E. Minister of Telecom Boutros Harb, the agenda of the day promised a rich selection of panels and sessions to attend. We set out by making rounds in the main hall and visiting exhibitors who were spread as usual across the floor representing start-ups, sponsors, telecom operators and other activities. The names present on the floor included: BDL, Bank Audi, Alfa Telecom, Anghami, IDAL, Solidere ...
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Official: ArabNet Beirut 2014 Edition Kicked-Off Today

The official opening ceremony of ArabNet Beirut Conference 2014 was held this morning at the Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand hotel, organized by ArabNet in collaboration with the Central Bank of Lebanon, and in strategic partnership with Bank Audi, Beirut Digital District, and Digital Media Services. ArabNet Beirut brings together more than 70 speakers, 40 sponsors and partners, and 600 attendees to discuss the latest trends and opportunities in digital business and entrepreneurship. The opening was ...
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ArabNet 2014: The Interview With Omar Christidis

With ArabNet 2014 right around the corner, we thought it was a nice idea to have a talk with Omar Christidis. Omar is CEO and founder of ArabNet, the hub of digital marketing and tech professionals based in the Middle East. ArabNet will be holding a three-days conference in Beirut on March 4th to 6th. The Interview Going back to the origins, what exactly is the ArabNet project, and what led you personally down this particular road? The idea for ArabNet emerged when I returned from the U.S., ...
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ArabNet: Online Transactions in Levant Totals $4 Billion, to Grow at 25%

The MENA region is the fastest growing e-commerce region in the world, with online shopping reaching $1 billion and online transactions totaling a stellar $15 billion --a 45% YoY increase. Omar Soudoudi, Managing Director at Payfort, says that e-commerce growth will remain at 25%, higher than any other region worldwide. According to Omar, the biggest opportunity in e-commerce in 2014 is directed towards mobile. “Currently, m-transactions represent 10% of total e-commerce spending, but it is expected ...
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ArabNet Crowns the Top 4 Developers in the UAE

A group of young web and mobile developers gathered last Saturday at the ArabNet Developer Tournament, the second in a series of regional tournaments for developers spanning 6 Arab countries: Lebanon, UAE, Jordan, Kuwait, KSA, and Qatar. The tournament, which was held with the sponsorship of du UAE and in partnership with Dubai Internet City (DIC), took place at the Dubai Knowledge Village in UAE. The venue quickly became tightly packed with more than 40 anxious competitors and many more that were ...
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ArabNet: Advertising Budgets Towards Digital in the Levant, Reaching $1B in the MENA in 3 Years

Online advertising spending totalled $300 million in the MENA region today, and is increasing at a 37% growth rate a year to reach an astounding $1B in 2017. “Online advertising is an essential driver for the growth of Arab web and mobile businesses. With the increase of ad budgets, the entire digital sector will flourish,” stated Omar Christidis, CEO and founder of ArabNet. According to Michel Malkoun, Managing Director at Digital Media Services, social media reigned supreme a couple of years ...
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ArabNet Beirut 2014: Meet the Competitions Judges

It's that time of the year again, the time where great minds meet to discuss the essence of entrepreneurship, creativity and digital media impact. ArabNet Beirut 2014. The event will take place between the 4th and 6th of March, 2014 in Beirut and will feature more than 80 speakers from across the MENA region and abroad to "discuss the opportunities in web and mobile for the media & entertainment industries, fashion, creative communities, food and beverage, and more." And of course, the conference ...
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ArabNet Insight: Rising Interest of Venture Investors in the Levant Digital Sector

Venture capital investors in MENA have their eyes set on the digital sector; three times as many investments took place in 2010-2012 than in 2006-2009, and almost half of all investments were in digital products and services. Most ventures happened in Tunisia, Morocco and Lebanon, who currently lead the region in terms of quantity of VC investments. Numerous promising initiatives are being launched in the region to back the steadfast growth of early-stage tech and e-commerce ventures. One notable ...
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Announcing the Winners of the ArabNet Developer Tournament Lebanon

ArabNet and Tech-Ticker are proud to announce the top 4 Code Masters who won the ArabNet Developer Tournament in Lebanon: CODE MASTER Andre Abi Haidar CODE NINJA Abdo Achkar CODE WIZARD Hasan Arous CODE WARRIOR Ahmad Mousawi The winners will represent Lebanon at the Regional Championship in Dubai and will receive flight and accommodation, and a free ticket to ArabNet Digital Summit in May 2014, where the final championship will take place. You can help ArabNet ...
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H.E. Minister Nicolas Sehnaoui Launches the ArabNet Developer Tournament in Lebanon

Beirut, October 21, 2013 A group of young web and mobile developers gathered last Saturday at the ArabNet Developer Tournament, the first in a series of regional tournaments for developers spanning 6 Arab countries: Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, KSA, Qatar, and UAE. The tournament, which was held with the sponsorship of touch Lebanon and in partnership with Beirut Creative Cluster (BCC), took place at the Berytech Digital Park in Beirut. The venue quickly became tightly packed with more than 60 anxious ...
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Top Coders in Lebanon Compete to Earn Bragging Rights

Beirut, October 21, 2013 Experts say that the digital sector in the Middle East is expected to grow into an impressive $18 (1) billion opportunity by 2018. In an effort to match this epic boom, companies all around the region have embarked on a race to locate the most talented developers and hire them before others snatch them from the market. To address these needs, ArabNet is launching the ArabNet Developer Tournament for the second year in a row to identify the best web and mobile developers ...
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Tech-Ticker to be an Official Media Partner at the ArabNet Developer Tournament Beirut 2014

Here at Tech-Ticker we are really found of all ArabNet-related activities and events, we have covered many (if not all) of their tournaments as well as digital summits and we tried as much as possible to benefit from those events and provide you with great reading (and if possible, learning) material. 2014 is not going to be any different in terms of coverage, but it will be in terms of "relationship", where Tech-Ticker is going to be a Media Partner for the upcoming ArabNet Beirut Event (more details ...
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ArabNet: “Facebook: Shift Focus From Mobile to People-Centered Strategies”

The ArabNet Digital Summit 2013 came to a conclusion today and marked another success in line with all the previous events. Below is the press release summarizing the last day of the event. For the first day summary, please check out this link. Dubai – 26th June 2013 - Anybody with a more than passing interest in digital has been engrossed for the past two days by the intense discussions taking place in Dubai at Atlantis, The Palm. The ArabNet Digital Summit 2013 has been especially newsy this ...
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ArabNet Digital Summit Pulls Off Surprises

The ArabNet Digital Summit 2013 is happening right now in Atlantis Dubai and the first day marked an amazing success with counter-intuitive and challenging views from panels. Below is the press release summarizing the first day of the Summit. Dubai, June 24th 2013 - ArabNet kicked off its fourth annual Digital Summit, the most prestigious gathering of digital professionals and entrepreneurs in the MENA region, on Monday June 24, 2013, at Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, with leaders and stakeholders ...
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ArabNet: Online Advertising Rockets to 37% Year-On-Year Growth

The ArabNet 2013 Digital Summit is getting closer and closer (reminder: it starts on the 24th of this month). We have already made a small introduction and an overview about the event, and from now on, until the ArabNet Digital Summit takes place, we are going to cover specific topics that are going to be featured as well as press releases. Below is the press release related to the growth of Online Advertising. Online advertising in MENA is growing at an unprecedented rate of 37% per year to ...
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ArabNet Digital Summit 2013 Agenda

The ArabNet Digital Summit 2013, which will take place in Dubai, is just two weeks away. This is the largest web and mobile conference in the Middle East, featuring 40+ talks, panels, and interviews by more than 100 speakers that run across three tracks: The Startup Track, the Industry Track, and the Developer Tournament Championship. If you are eager to know what the three days conference has prepared for you, you can check their agenda online at this link, or take a look at the table below ...
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ArabNet: UAE Startups on Fast Track to ‘Phenomenal’ Growth

The ArabNet 2013 Digital Summit is getting closer and closer (reminder: it starts on June 23rd 2013). We have already made a small introduction and an overview about the event, and from now on, until the ArabNet Digital Summit takes place, we are going to cover specific topics that are going to be featured as well as press releases. Below is the press release related to the growth of UAE Startups. Dubai, June 4th, 2013 - The MENA region is thriving amid a high-tech revolution and the UAE ...
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