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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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PayPal Follow-Up Interview With Managing Director Elias Ghanem

Earlier in March this year, my colleagues Malek and Ali conducted an interview with Mr. Elias Ghanem (then the GM of PayPal MENA) where they tackled many rumors concerning PayPal's plans in the region. Mr. Ghanem, who is now the Managing Director of PayPal MENA, has agreed to have a follow-up interview with us where we resumed our conversation from we stopped and approached some broader topics with concern to the current status when it comes to online payment and transactions. 1. In the previous ...
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PayPal Interview – Dispelling Rumors and Online Expansion Advice

So as we promised, during our coverage of the ArabNet 2013 event, we managed to snag a couple of fantastic interviews with some of the biggest industry and market leaders. Here we present you with the first of many. An interview with PayPal MENA GM, Mr. Elias Ghanem. Read below to see whether the rumors of PayPal's Lebanese arrival were true or not, and why is it taking so long, as well as offering fantastic insight into the difficulties of taking businesses online and advice on how to avoid major ...
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Makhsoom: The Lebanese Group Buying Success Story

Daily deals are catchy, and having the opportunity to get them twice a day is simply a double shot of awesome. Welcome to the world of Makhsoom. In case you don't know about Makhsoom, it is a group-buying platform based on a website that offers you daily deals at discounted prices for a variety of services and products over a certain period of time. Sounds catchy. We had the joy to meet the man behind the company, Antoun Abou Zeid and have a quick chat with him, to get to know more about Makhsoom. Antoun ...
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“Meshkal”: An Interview with Director Dania Bdeir

"Meshkal" (Kaleidoscope), a short film by Dania Bdeir, an aspiring Lebanese director, born in Montreal in 1989 and growing up in Beirut. Dania graduated from the American University of Beirut, holding an undergraduate degree in Graphic Design, but her passion for film-making lead her to spend her free time as a production assistant for TV commercials. “Graphic design was great but film was my passion” Dania says, so as soon as she graduated from AUB, Dania left to New York where she is now ...
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Quantum and Lebanon Games: Interview with Jimmy Ghazal

Last  Tuesday, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to meet up with Jimmy Ghazal, head of digital operations at Mercury, to discuss the recent success of the Facebook phenomenon of Lebanon Games which include the highly addictive BadYear, Takkit and 3aja2it. Check out the page and the games here. Hani Farah: Hello Mr. Jimmy, please tell us more about yourself and what it is you do here? Jimmy Ghazal: Firstly, I'm the head of digital in Mercury and Quantum Group. Mercury is a company specialized ...
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