Business

Technology startups have a massive potential to change the Middle East, believes Fadi Ghandour.
Interview with Fadi Ghandour

With the Middle East business landscape being steadily transformed by technology, tech start-ups are an opportunity for a new generation to empower itself through innovation says Fadi Ghandour.

zenithTalk: Mona El Sayed

Fair Trade Egypt helps create value for thousands of Egyptian artisans producing goods across the country.

Agacli countryside
The Environmental Cost of Job Creation

With construction underway on Istanbul’s third airport, nearby villagers wonder whether the environmental cost of creating new jobs is too high.

zenithTalk: Waleed Abd El Rahman

Working from home offers new economic opportunities for women in Egypt, believes startup boss Waleed Abd El Rahman.

As Middle East countries diversify their economies technical skills are in demand.
Demand Rises for German Vocational Skills Training

German training staff are becoming increasingly valued in the Middle East for their vocational education programmes. Bonn-based institute iMOVE's Silvia Niediek and Kristine Schinkmann explain how the synergy is working out well for all concerned.

Blink My Car in Lebanon's Beirut Digital District (BDD).
Lebanon's Bold Plan to Force its Banks to Invest in Tech

In 2014, Lebanon took the step of requiring its banks to invest in its knowledge economy, sparking rapid growth in the tech sector. Now other regional governments are looking to emulate Circular 331–but should they be wary of unintended consequences?

Youth in south east Morocco at the sea-side.
Peer-to-Peer Solutions to Youth Unemployment

With many countries in MENA facing nearly identical youth unemployment challenges, there’s a need for greater dialogue and cooperation in the employment services space.

A view over Amman, the capital of Jordan.
Culture and Youth Unemployment

Across the MENA region a pervasive culture of shame sees families reluctant to let their daughters join the workforce and views blue-collar jobs as dishonourable.