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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

Latin American Cinema Chain Cinépolis To Open Six New Movie Theatres In Saudi

The six cinemas will be rolled out across Saudi Arabia over the next two years, with the first due to open at the end of this year.
By Mary Sophia 5 min read
1 month ago

This Gulf Country Has More Women-Led Startups Than Silicon Valley

Nearly 18% of startups in this GCC country was founded by women, showing that it is successfully bridging the gender divide in entrepreneurship. 
By Mary Sophia 4 min read
1 month ago

Egypt’s Richest Man Teams Up With Adnoc To Create World’s Largest Fertilizer Exporter

Annual revenues for the combined entity, in which Adnoc and OCI hold a 42% and 58% stake, are predicted to be $1.74 billion.
By Mary Sophia 4 min read
1 month ago

With Assets Worth $68B, SABB And Alawwal Bank Combine To Become Saudi’s Third Largest Lender

A merger of SABB and Alawwal will help  stakeholders tap into a demand for a digital bank suitable for a young tech-savvy population of millennials while shaving  costs. 
By Mary Sophia 4 min read
1 month ago

Crescent Enterprises’ VC Arm Leads $11M Series A Round In FoodTech Startup FreshToHome

The Indian meat and seafood e-commerce company  has bagged total funding of $13 million till date.
By Mary Sophia 5 min read
1 month ago

Uber’s $3.1 Billion Acquisition Of Careem Gets UAE Regulator’s Nod

The deal, which is the largest technology transaction in the Middle East, got an approval from the UAE Ministry of Economy.
By Mary Sophia 3 min read
1 month ago

Investcorp Completes $370M US Property Deal—Its Largest In A Decade

The properties acquired are all located in major US metro areas where Investcorp has completed acquisitions previously.
By Mary Sophia 3 min read
1 month ago

Changing How Saudi Consumers Shop For Groceries, Ahmad BinDawood Is Out To Conquer E-commerce

Ahmad Abdulrazzaq BinDawood, CEO of Saudi-based retail brands BinDawood and Danube, led the push to digitize the decades old family-owned stores by embracing the latest trends in e-commerce while...
By Mary Sophia 22 min read