“Designed by Apple. Made in India” by Foxconn

With on-going issues with trade, one country with a large population may reap the economic and consumer rewards when it comes to Apple’s production chain. I’m talking about India.

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Music-streaming battle royale in the Middle East – Anghami vs Spotify

Anghami has had the lead across the Middle East and Africa region for many years due to their niche in Arabic music. With Spotify completing its 10th anniversary, they’re setting their eyes on this region for their future growth and expansion. It’s going to be a rhythmic battle royale in this region.

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A bold initiative: Electric vehicles that are ‘Made in Qatar’

The Middle East, specifically the GCC region, has been known to be major exporters of oil/natural gas. With a global shift towards electric vehicles, one Middle East country – Qatar – is already taking the steps to prepare for this before their main wealth source dries out.

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eSIM support across the Middle East

Does one major global company have that much influence to spur adoption of a new technology standard? Apple’s push for eSIM has already done that with the new iPhone XS and XS Max, as Qatar and UAE become the only two countries in the Middle East and North Africa with carriers that support it.

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Qatar tops the Mobile Internet Connections rankings in the Q3 2018 Global Digital Statshot report

It’s always good to look at the current state of the world’s digital usage penetration with the quarterly report by Hootsuite and We Are Social. With the ever growing demand for faster bandwidth and more digital assets being consumed worldwide, there are quite some interesting tidbits for the Middle East – specifically for Qatar.

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Will the Middle East region be next to reign in influencer marketing?

Many brands partner with social media influencers to further expand their marketing efforts, and they may not explicitly disclose the commercial partnership or affiliation. Some countries are already tackling this practice for protecting consumer interests. In the Middle East, UAE has taken the lead on tightening this. Will other countries in the region follow the same path?

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