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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

2 months ago

Middle East’s Investors Are Moving To China And Away From Europe

About 88% of investors in the region have exposure to China, which has risen considerably in attractiveness rating for investors.
By Mary Sophia 5 min read
2 months ago

Boeing Loses Its First 737 Max Order... And It Is From This Middle Eastern Airline

The deal, which had the provision of ordering 20 more jets, was worth $5.9 billion at list prices.
By Mary Sophia 3 min read
2 months ago

Investcorp's Co-CEO Rishi Kapoor Is Courting Growth By Looking East

Bahrain-based Investcorp’s Co-CEO Rishi Kapoor is steering the firm down an ambitious road that hits India and China for the first time, while aiming to triple its assets to $50 billion.
By Mary Sophia 21 min read
2 months ago

Here's How West Zone Group's Naresh Bhawnani Is Slowly Capturing UAE's Retail Market

Naresh Kumar Bhawnani started out small with his retail brand West Zone Group. But now, with a $542 million turnover, he is shopping for targets in the U.A.E. to help him expand.
By Mary Sophia 13 min read
2 months ago

This Crypto Exchange Could Soon Be Operating In Abu Dhabi

DEX will provide a platform for both retail and institutional grade investors to invest through a fully regulated exchange into crypto assets.
By Mary Sophia 4 min read
2 months ago

ADFG, Shuaa Capital Merge To Form $12.8 Billion Entity

As per the deal, ADFG shareholders will own 58% of the merged entity while Shuaa’s existing shareholders will own 42% in the firm.
By Mary Sophia 3 min read
2 months ago

After Its Saudi Debut, This E-commerce Platform Bags $8.5M In Funding

The funds will help the company’s expansion to Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain while helping ramp up investment in new technology.
By Mary Sophia 4 min read
2 months ago

Bitcoin Crosses $11,000 As It Touches A 15-Month High

The cryptocurrency, which had been languishing at its lowest in December 2018, has been gradually gaining in value.
By Mary Sophia 4 min read