A weekly round up of the top headlines from the digital sector in MENA, covering startups, corporate and the public sector.
This week’s round up is late, I’m catching up on winter in Lebanon and was frankly enjoying the weather a tad too much yesterday to sit in front of a computer.
Investments & Acquisitions
Yawmi, Dubai-based food startup, just closed a seed round from Shorooq Investments https://goo.gl/xKFCxt
Dubizzle has now been fully acquired by Naspers, $190M was paid for remaining equity. https://goo.gl/V6Kxg8
Aramex Acquires Saudi TAL for Commerce and Contract Company Ltd (“Saudi TAL”), for approximately $80M https://goo.gl/VygCas
Modanisa, Turkish modest fashion eCommerce, sells minority stake to Goldman Sachs https://goo.gl/BnU3s6
The UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking to make equity-free investments of up to $100k in startups using data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) or similar technologies. https://goo.gl/KSLxZ3
Saudi Government issues regulations and permit procedure for personal and commercial drones https://goo.gl/VcAS4S
Chinese consumer electronics and mobile communication company, Oppo, launched in Saudi Arabia, and commits to helping MENA countries foster 5G powered innovation through Qualcomm partnership and AI R&D https://goo.gl/EibLZK
Google Assistant launches Arabic Language Support in Beta https://goo.gl/LTcZDF
DP World to buy a 71.3% stake in Chile’s Port Service Puertos y Logistica SA https://goo.gl/eHfYPN
Vietnam’s Yeah1 Media Group acquire’s MCN’s ScaleLab, Youtube multi-channel management platform, which has offices in Latin America, Russia, the UK, and the Middle East https://goo.gl/yp3zNC
ZDNet: Middle East tech: What does 2019 have in store?
Damian Radcliffe reached out before the end of 2018 to contribute to their annual 2019-predictions article on ZDNet.
I’m honored to be featured along amazing regional leaders such as Chris Schroeder, Jawad Abbassi, Sevag Papazian, and Jaime Galviz.
What does 2019 hold for the region, check out the article here.
African Venture Capital 2018 Report – $725.6M Invested In 458 Deals https://goo.gl/4ZZrCS
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