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The coolest startups at ArabNet

The coolest startups at ArabNet

Reading Time: 3 minutes ArabNet’s second Digital Summit in Dubai saw a diversity of ideas and technologies in the digital startups showcased during the three-day conference. More than 30 startups pitched at the event, coming from various countries in the MENA as well as Europe. Executive picked the four ideas that most captured ‘cool’.   Girnaas Founded: 2013 Country:

Measuring anguish

Reading Time: 2 minutes Remember happiness? When the Positive Experience Index (PEI) of 138 countries was released last month by global opinion surveying organization Gallup, Executive noted how Syria’s war had wrecked havoc on its people’s positive emotions and sense of happiness. Now we have the pain test. In its just-released Negative Experience Index (NEI), Gallup measured the prevalence of

ArabNet Beirut conference in 2010

Dubai: the next step

Reading Time: 2 minutes All Lebanese businesses must seek regional expansion — or so it is drilled into the heads of local entrepreneurs. A typical Lebanese business model is to test a product in Lebanon before scaling to the region. This reflects at once the limits of the very small Lebanese market, but also the increasing nature of seeking

Flashing the 'V' sign in front of a poster of the incumbent


Reading Time: < 1 minute Tens of thousands of Syrians in Lebanon flocked to their embassy in Yarze, near Beirut, on Wednesday to cast their ballots in the presidential election, the first to take place since the Syrian uprising began in 2011. Even though there were officially three candidates, at times the elections looked more like a rally for President

Does money really make us happy?

It’s all smiles until I lose

Reading Time: 2 minutes On Wednesday, pollster Gallup unveiled its third Positive Experience Index (PEI) — meant to measure general happiness on a country-by-country basis. By happenstance, the Swiss business school IMD released its annual World Competitiveness Yearbook (WCY) the following day, providing an ad hoc opportunity for a comparison across two fundamentally different rankings: happiness and competitiveness. The PEI’s headline finding

Matt Nash at work

Matt Nash and Jeremy Arbid to Executive

Reading Time: < 1 minute He’s covered everything from oil and gas to questionable flight patterns. And everyone from politicians to his dog. He broke the story on local internet providers tracking their users’ every click. And explained why buildings in Beirut are collapsing. Today Executive welcomes Matt Nash to our family. Matt will be heading up our Economics &

The 9th edition of Beirut Boat, took place at Port of Beirut, from May 14 to 18

In photos: Luxury at Beirut Boat 2014

Reading Time: < 1 minute The usually calm Pier 1 in the Port of Beirut was alive with glittering super yachts, lavish white leather VIP lounges with hot tubs and various stands showcasing the glamorous maritime world. From May 14 to 18, the pier played host to the ninth edition of Beirut Boat 2014, an annual nautical exhibition organized by

After nearly a year suspension, Lebanon's national team can now take part to all FIBA organized competitions

Lebanese basketball returns

Reading Time: 3 minutes Update: Since we published the article online, Lebanon announced its withdrawal from this year’s WABA Championship because it would interfere with the final playoff games which are currently taking place.  Nearly a year since its suspension due to political interference in Lebanon’s most popular game, the Lebanese Basketball Federation (LBF) was reinstated as a member

Silvio Berlusconi

The Sicily of the Middle East

Reading Time: 2 minutes Yet another arrest of an Italian politician involves Lebanon. Last week, Italian authorities arrested former minister Claudio Scajola on charges of helping Sicilian MP Amedeo Matacena escape to the Middle East after he was convicted for aiding the mafia. Matacena, also a member of former premier Silvio Berlusconi’s political party, is now free after being

Posters poking fun at the parliamentarians

In photos: Wage scale protest

Reading Time: < 1 minute On Wednesday, May 14, tens of thousands of civil servants and teachers took the streets of downtown Beirut to demand higher wages. It was the biggest demonstration to date regarding the issue. The protesters, who came from areas across Lebanon, first gathered in front of the headquarters of the Association of Banks in Lebanon, and