Regional Updates

Sheworks

Sheworks, an accelerator for women only

Sheworks is the first accelerator in Saudi Arabia that enrolls only women entrepreneurs, and provides multiple services such as flexible working hours for mothers, and accessible office space for freelance women. “We don’t look at our tenants as data we use to grow our business model; we look at them as partners in our success More…

383185ee753d493

Accelerating entrepreneurship in Kuwait

Although entrepreneurial ecosystems are not created overnight, Kuwait is well on its way to creating one that is poised for growth. The story of Kuwait’s economy, like many of its neighbors, has been dominated by oil. While dipping into reserves is a temporary solution to its fiscal challenges, many initiatives are underway to reinvigorate the More…

920206-1461004669

Four million trees by 2020

Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar has launched an initiative of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture to plant one million trees in Riyadh, as part of the ministry’s initiative to grow four million trees in the Kingdom by 2020. Ghaf, a drought-tolerant evergreen tree, is an indigenous species found in the UAE, Oman More…

3142782845

Anagow – ‘I am strong’

Running in a hijab, her advertisements for an internationally recognized sports brand urge Emirati women to focus on their health and fitness. Shot at the end of January 2017, the ads featuring Amna Al Merri, 24, a bioengineer by training, a certified gym trainer and weightlifting instructor, have captured the imagination of the millennial Arab More…

620x349

Emirates offers blankets made from 100 percent recycled plastic bottles

  Covering yourself in plastic bottles may not seem like the ideal way to keep warm in an airplane cabin, but Emirates wants you to do exactly that. Today, it’s introducing new sustainable blankets made from 100 percent recycled bottles. The airline has partnered with Buzz, a creative agency, to offer ecothread blankets on all long-haul Emirates flights in More…

f255a6eee0d8f51

Halla Walla – Arab Culture through Emojis

It took two months of intense research for Yasmin Rasool and Eriko Varkey to bring the stories of Shaikha, Lula, Waleed and Ahmed to life. They interviewed focus groups of expats and natives from the Gulf for hours, recording stories of their childhood and cultural experiences of living in the region. Then in February 2017 More…

660x3907501ea59172ab760d24fd07348a39c109142ce3d

“I Am Society”: Iraq’s Cycling Girls Ride For Freedom

What started as an art project became a social media meme and then a civil society movement. A group of women now gathers regularly to cycle in Baghdad and break new ground. Or is it old ground? “My mother and my grandmother used to ride bicycles. It used to be normal,” Marina Jaber told AFP. More…

905421-212380398

UNESCO Forum in Riyadh Focuses on Youth Participation

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Forum for Non-Profit Organizations (NGOs) 2017, held for the first time in Saudi Arabia, kicked off on 6th May 2017 with an emphasis on engaging young people in creating a strong social impact worldwide. The seventh edition of the forum was held in partnership with the Mohammed More…

23914572

Dubai Recycles 50,000 Gallons of Cooking Oil Everyday

Fried foods aren’t just bad for your heart – the fats, oil and grease they are cooked in can also be detrimental to the environment every time the slimy liquids are poured down the drain and end up clogging municipal storm sewers and local waterways. Every single day, 14,000 eateries across Dubai discard roughly 80,000 More…

631022

Saudi to Create Thousands of Jobs from Solar Program

Saudi Arabia is hoping its solar-power program will generate 7,000 jobs and build a local manufacturing industry that can export products to the world, reducing domestic demand for its crude oil in the process. The Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources requires bidders seeking to build about 3.45 gigawatts of solar and wind plants by More…