About Megha Merani
Megha Merani is an independent journalist with more than 10 years of newspaper, magazine and web reporting experience in the United Arab Emirates, writing hard news, investigative reports, features and opinion pieces. Her passion for storytelling coupled with a proven instinct for identifying talkgenerating issues has resulted in breaking stories and insightful features that have made local, regional and international headlines. Her work has been published across Thomson Reuters, Zawya, Bloomberg Middle East, Gulf News, former local daily 7DAYS, and government publications.
More From Megha Merani
Dubai Startup Hub
The abundance of networking opportunities in Dubai bring together a diverse community to expand their circle of contacts.
Saudi Arabia's talent pool is waking up to the opportunities presented by the country's entrepreneurial domain.
Seven major corporates have signed up to Dubai Startup Hub's latest edition of Market Access.
Nine sectors of opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs and startups in Saudi Arabia to consider (and what investors are looking for).
News and Trends
It features the stories of how individuals from different countries and cultures, including the local population, built their businesses together by tapping in to the strength of their diverse backgrounds.
From incubators and accelerators, to co-working spaces, education programs and funding, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is seeing a surge in the number of organizations to support entrepreneurs.
Starting a Business
"There are a lot of people who think Saudi is a place where it's not easy to work or it's not easy to get a license. In reality, that's not the case."
For any entrepreneur wanting to change the game, data is the topmost indicator of potential startup success.
Entrepreneurs in the UAE highlight banking services, and in particular the obstacles to opening a bank account, as their number 1 challenge according to entrepreneurship advocacy white paper released by Dubai Chamber and Roland Berger in 2018.
Two innovative startups from India have won free office space and company set-up support in Dubai at a pitch competition during the first ever Dubai Startup Hub Roadshow hosted in India at Delhi and Bangalore.
Organized by The Assembly, a one-of-a-kind collaborative community makerspace and Smart lab located within the in5 innovation center in Dubai Knowledge Park, the not-for-profit initiative brought together learners, students, entrepreneurs and makers to learn and share hands-on tech skills, explore new ideas and bring them to life.
Dubai Startup Hub
Ten startups from the UAE and Africa have been selected to participate in the Global Business Forum (GBF) Mentorship Program by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
MENA investors share their pet peeves and main preferences on what they'd like to see in a pitch deck.
It's hard enough attracting talent, so how is a founder to know when they've found the perfect team member for their startup?
In today's ever-changing environment, the student skillset must be expanded to include adaptability, collaboration, and empowerment to create your own opportunity.