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Mary Sophia

Deputy Editor - Forbes Middle East

At Forbes Middle East, I write about some of the most successful entrepreneurs and companies that are shaping the regional economies. I’ve covered industries such as banking, technology, real estate, healthcare, aviation and travel during my time at Forbes Middle East. A seasoned journalist with an extensive experience in business reporting, I’ve interviewed cabinet ministers and CEOs to get the inside scoop. A long-term resident of the UAE, I have previously worked as a reporter for Gulf Business and have interned at The National and BBC News Middle East.

ARTICLES

1 month ago

Mastercard Acquires Danish PayTech Firm Nets For $3.19B

The acquisition provides even more depth and scale to the Mastercard Send and Transfast technologies that deliver cross-border payments to bank accounts, mobile wallets and cards.
By Mary Sophia 4 min read
1 month ago

A Year On, MENA’s IPO Values Have Grown By 222.6% To Touch $2.8B

Saudi Arabia led the IPO activity in the MENA region with three listings on the main market in Q2 2019 with net proceeds of $1,023.4 million.
By Mary Sophia 4 min read
1 month ago

This Is What Global Investors Are Most Worried About Now

Investors in the UAE, who remained upbeat about the local economy, said they were most concerned about cybersecurity.
By Mary Sophia 4 min read
1 month ago

Flush With $2.5M Funding, Middle East’s First Crypto Exchange Gets Central Bank’s Nod

Investors supporting crypto exchange Rain include BitMEX -world’s largest futures cryptocurrency exchange, Kuwait-based cryptocurrency fund Blockwater, Vision Ventures, 500 Startups MENA and Taibah...
By Mary Sophia 3 min read
1 month ago

Saudi Arabia Has Approved Two Robo Advisors As Automated Investing Picks Up

The Kingdom’s CMA granted permits to Wahed Capital and Haseed Investing Company to roll out robo advisory services – a sign that Saudi is warming up to millennial investors’ needs.
By Mary Sophia 3 min read
1 month ago

Mastercard To Roll Out A Nation-Wide Blockchain Payment Program In This Gulf Country

The program will allow lenders to send and receive money on a secure, private and direct network using Mastercard’s cross-border B2B service.
By Mary Sophia 3 min read
1 month ago

Growth In Personal Wealth Has Slowed To 1.6% Globally, But Not In The Middle East

Personal wealth in the Middle East rose 5.7% in 2018, bucking a global trend.
By Mary Sophia 4 min read
1 month ago

ADNOC Is Courting China, Inking Deals Worth $12B With Wanhua Chemical

The agreement will explore and develop new opportunities in the UAE and China’s downstream sector – a key area that ADNOC has been focusing on as part of its growth strategy.
By Mary Sophia 5 min read