Aby Sam Thomas
Editor in Chief, Entrepreneur Middle East
"I'm a Bahraini citizen, and I firmly believe in citizenship- what your country has given to you, you have to give back to your country."
As we are at the start of 2017, let's resolve to take on all of the opportunities and challenges that are going to be thrown at us with the right attitudes.
In a region where over 80% of businesses are either owned or controlled by families, it's easy to note the similarities between the growth stories of the Shaikhani Group of Companies and other family businesses based here in the Middle East.
Besides operating a separate team to provide training and support to its SME suppliers, UAE telco du says it also has a procurement system in place to identify SME partners- a system that it continuously evaluates and improves.
The new PROOF VC Fund will invest in capital alongside a select group of early-stage VC firms in their best performing companies.
I am curious to hear what our readers in the Middle East's entrepreneurial ecosystem think about Noon.
How this Swiss luxury watch brand founded in 1980 is using innovation to beat its older competitors in the market (and consolidate its future).
"Becoming an entrepreneur is not just a title that you'll carry- it's a responsibility."
It's not about how much work you do, it's about how you do it.
In an era where quantity over quality seems to be the norm, Karam is keen on moving in a different direction with what she does.
Even as the nature of the region's luxury sector changed, Manji smartly set herself to be one step ahead of these trends- and made herself a force to reckon with in the business of fashion.
Egyptian entrepreneur Omar Samra talks about his corporate career in finance before letting his passion for travel drive him to set up his travel company Wild Guanabana.
The Bahrain-based Annada made quite an impression when it launched in 2011 offering scarves featuring original artwork by two regional artists, and co-founders (and sisters) Nada and Noor Alawi have since proved themselves to more than just a flash in the pan.
At Entrepreneur Middle East, we've so far put in time and effort to helping build this ecosystem- and now, we are putting in capital as well.
We asked MENA's creative entrepreneurs about what works and what doesn't in turning a passion into a viable business.
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