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Arab Digest editor William Law is in conversation with the North Africa expert Francis Ghilès, an associate senior researcher at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB). Their economies, their governments, the repression of critics and journalists, relations with France and the Western Sahara affair all feature in a wide-ranging over…
 
Here’s your daily download in less than 5-minutes; less time than it takes to recover from the food coma from all your Eid meal invites. What’s trending 1 | Saudi Arabia – a banking and pilgrimage destination MENA 2 | Meet the latest on the S&P 500 honor roll INTL 3 | Money ain’t a thing for Zoom INTL 4 | It’s 5G or nothing with Apple INTL 5 | Who’…
 
Arab Digest editor William Law is in conversation with Jon Alterman, a senior vice president at Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies. The focus is on President Biden and his administration's Middle East efforts. He inherited several challenges from the chaotic Trump years, not least to repair America's diplomatic standing in …
 
Here’s your daily download in less than 5-minutes; less time than it takes for a 'scheduling conflict' to come in the way of a $28m Blue Origin ticket. What’s trending 1 | Dana Gas gains big time from high oil prices MENA 2 | Air Arabia’s latest endeavor to shoot for the sky MENA 3 | Is Mashreq’s trimmed profit line anything to go by? MENA 4 | $5b …
 
Here’s your daily download in less than 5-minutes; less time than it takes for @Jack to remove fleets from Twitter. What’s trending 1 | Arab Media Co pulled a Spotify MENA 2 | ADNOC wants you to drill, baby, drill MENA 3 | So Branson made it to space, what next? INTL 4 | Musk lands Tesla in trouble at court INTL 5 | Apple and Goldman Sachs arrive a…
 
Here’s your daily download in less than 5-minutes; less time than it takes to catch a Ted Talk on Clubhouse. What’s trending 1 | Emaar’s Sukuks are comin’ home MENA 2 | The streaming opportunity is no joke INTL 3 | An AdTech IPO in the works INTL 4 | Lovin’ my IPO curves INTL 5 | Flamin’-hot IPOs INTL baraka is a community dedicated to empowering p…
 
Here’s your daily download in less than 5-minutes; less time than it takes you to get your hands on some Pokémon card collectibles. What’s trending 1 | Here comes the digital dirham MENA 2 | The new podcast chief on the block INTL 3 | ByteDance bows down in obedience INTL 4 | The $32.6b SPAC — and no, that’s not a typo INTL 5 | Other, more humble p…
 
Arab Digest editor William Law in conversation with Jim Krane, an energy research analyst at Rice University's Baker Institute in Houston.The podcast focusses on the Gulf's national oil companies and the challenges they and the MENA region share with the rest of the world as climate change ramps temperatures up. In the Middle East, unless temperatu…
 
Here’s your daily download in less than 5-minutes; less time than it takes Trump to file a lawsuit against the trident of the tech world — the Zuck, @Jack, and Sundar Pichai What’s trending 1 | SEC’s green oasis MENA 2 | The takeout trend is going strong INTL 3 | Crypto users rack up $1b bill on their visa cards INTL 4 | An “authentic” IPO INTL 5 |…
 
Here’s your daily download in less than 5-minutes; less time than it takes for a new tech company to get in on a Pentagon cloud deal. What’s trending 1 | Guess oil output talks are off MENA 2 | A Satellite-as-a-Service that’s SPAC’ing INTL 3 | Your Nextdoor SPAC INTL 4 | All eyes on Earth, and SPACs INTL 5 | And a women-led SPAC INTL baraka is a co…
 
Here’s your daily download in less than 5-minutes; less time than it takes Jeff Bezos to make $6.2b through Amazon stocks. What’s trending 1 | Emaar Malls is goin’ down MENA 2 | SPACs on Shuaa’s mind MENA 3 | Ithmaar and BBK just couldn’t make it work MENA 4 | Three times as many people are pullin' up in an EV Benz INTL 5 | Cluck, cluck, Listeria I…
 
Here’s your daily download in less than 5-minutes; less time than it takes Bitcoin to flash crash and lose $2,000. What’s trending 1 | CMA lets in new funds on the block MENA 2 | Truckers given lifeline across Europe INTL 3 | Zhuanzhuan seeks one last funding round pre IPO INTL 4 | Singapore pops its SPAC cherry INTL 5 | Thank god for that contract…
 
Here’s your daily download in less than 5-minutes; less time than it takes for the next country to crack down on Binance (the latest is Thailand). What’s trending 1 | UAE says "no, no, no," to OPEC+ MENA 2 | Branson is quite the stock influencer INTL 3 | Volvo’s new sales PR INTL 4 | Lordstown Motos is giving SPACs a bad rep INTL 5 | Robinhood brin…
 
Arab Digest editor William Law speaks with Chatham House's Renad Mansour, a MENA Senior Research Fellow and Project Director of the Iraq Initiative. In the week that saw the death of Donald Rumsfeld, a key architect of the 2003 war, their conversation focusses on a governance structure built by the US but enabled and empowered by Iran. It is Rumsfe…
 
Here’s your daily download in less than 5-minutes; less time than it takes to two-factor authenticate your LinkedIn profile. What’s trending 1 | In Syncreon DP World trusts MENA 2 | IB is on fire in Saudi MENA 3 | Guess who's going public at a $10b valuation? INTL 4 | The big, mean, EV-making machine INTL 5 | Live from New York, it's Didi's IPO! IN…
 
Here’s your daily download in less than 5-minutes; less time than it takes you to decide if you're joining all your friends on holiday in Mykonos this summer or not. What’s trending 1 | Home is where the heart is MENA 2 | Got the morning Bulletin? INTL 3 | Amazon makes a podcast purchase INTL 4 | LinkedIn has been attacked INTL 5 | 285K problems IN…
 
Here’s your daily download in less than 5-minutes; less time than it takes Robinhood to IPO (due to prolonged regulatory review). What’s trending 1 | Demonized in China, celebrated in MENA MENA 2 | Pieces of Tanmiah Food are up for grabs MENA 3 | Carousell proves marketplaces’ billion-dollar popularity INTL 4 | SentinelOne is getting greedy for bil…
 
Here’s your daily download in less than 5-minutes; less time than it takes Gates Foundation to replace Buffett as trustee. What’s trending 1 | Past the trillion-dirham mark MENA 2 | The cookie jar has been put out of reach INTL 3 | One ticket to outer space on the next Virgin Galactic flight, please INTL 4 | Someone’s been buying a bunch of Metcons…
 
Arab Digest editor William Law in conversation with Helen Lackner. Her book "Yemen in Crisis: the Road to War", published by Verso in 2019, is a seminal study of the current war and what lies behind it. Today's podcast looks at the ongoing battle for Ma'rib, the failed efforts of the UN special envoy and the fragile hope that Oman's recent interven…
 
Here’s your daily download in less than 5-minutes; less time than it takes Gates Foundation to replace Buffett as trustee. What’s trending 1 | Arkan pays homage to the Man of Steel MENA 2 | You can buy that on WhatsApp INTL 3 | Confluent goes public like a rockstar INTL 4 | Visa really, really wants a piece of Open Banking INTL 5 | EA and Playdemic…
 
Here’s your daily download in less than 5-minutes; less time than it takes Chinese robotaxi WeRide to bag over $600m in five months. What’s trending 1 | Saudi gets down to business with digital banks MENA 2 | Nubank’s muito grande IPO INTL 3 | How much for that bucket of wings? INTL 4 | A pear-shaped SPAC INTL 5 | Beep, Beep, IPO! INTL baraka is a …
 
Here’s your daily download in less than 5-minutes; less time than it takes Uber to acquire the remaining interest in grocery delivery startup Cornershop. What’s trending 1 | Debt financing? Tabby’d tap that MENA 2 | Confessions of IPO junkies INTL 3 | What do Netflix, Indiana Jones, and ET have in common? INTL 4 | A win for Big Tech INTL 5 | Hyunda…
 
Here’s your daily download in less than 5-minutes; less time than it takes David Guetta to sell his catalogue of music for $100m. What’s up in the markets 1 | Aramco’s hella large pipeline deal MENA 2 | ByteDance’s rockin’ revenue growth INTL 3 | Ah so that’s what Facebook wants to do with its VR investments INTL 4 | Victoria’s Secret clips its Ang…
 
Here’s your daily download in less than 5-minutes; less time than it takes Toyota shares to hit a record high despite the Great Chip Shortage! What’s up in the markets 1 | Julphar says “bye bye bye” MENA 2 | More bond listings on Nasdaq Dubai - must be Groundhog Day! MENA 3 | Got Somethin' Else to say? INTL 4 | IPO-wise INTL 5 | Fast-FWD to IPO Lan…
 
Arab Digest editor William Law's guest is Ali Bakir, a research assistant professor at Ibn Khaldun Center for Humanities and Social Sciences in Doha. His analysis focuses on Turkish relations with the MENA region. Today's podcast explores the warming relationship between Turkey and Egypt and how it is impacting on the regional power balance as Cair…
 
Here’s your daily download in less than 5-minutes; less time than it takes Facebook to start testing its Live Audio Rooms (aka Clubhouse's copycat). What’s up in the markets 1 | Oil is flying high as a kite MENA 2 | In more bond news, DAE is next with an announcement MENA 3 | The Uber of road-haulage goes public INTL 4 | $800m spent on shopping onl…
 
Here’s your daily download in less than 5-minutes; less time than it takes for the UK and Australia to come up with a free trade deal. What’s up in the markets 1 | Ain't nobody fresher than Nasdaq Dubai MENA 2 | There’s a first time for everything MENA 3 | A battery-powered SPAC deal INTL 4 | This IPO has some chemistry INTL 5 | First comes payment…
 
Here’s your daily download in less than 5-minutes; less time than it takes for Google Workspace and Google Chat to officially become available to everyone, yay! What’s up in the markets 1 | Saudi’s GDP misses the Dean’s List MENA 2 | Hardware who? INTL 3 | South Korea's largest listing in 11 years… mmhmm INTL 4 | What’s in that box? INTL 5 | An App…
 
Here’s your daily download in less than 5-minutes; less time than it takes Virgin Orbit to close a $3b SPAC deal. What’s up in the markets 1 | Are Dur Hospitality and Taiba Investment the new salt & vinegar? MENA 2 | Japanese takeout, anyone? INTL 3 | I’m a sucker for merch INTL 4 | Hackers can be gaming fans too, you know INTL 5 | Hey, TikTok and …
 
Arab Digest editor William Law is joined by the author and academic Christopher Davidson. He's written several books on the Gulf, the latest, just published by Hurst, is titled From Sheikhs to Sultanism. Their conversation is about two crown princes and their transformation into regional power players. Mohammed bin Salman enjoys playing on the worl…
 
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Here’s your daily download in less than 5-minutes; less time than it takes El Salvador to become the first country to adopt bitcoin as legal tender. What’s up in the markets 1 | Damac is off the market MENA 2 | Your new, local $5.5b source of entertainment MENA 3 | ENBD and Nasdaq “bond” MENA 4 | Who’s next to SPAC? INTL 5 | Amazon Pharmacy - your …
 
Here’s your daily download in less than 5-minutes; less time than it takes people to freak out about the global website outage! What’s up in the markets 1 | Even Etisalat has caught bond fever MENA 2 | All the cool kids were hanging out at WWDC INTL 3 | About that billionaire club INTL 4 | Metals are back, baby INTL 5 | Outage alert! INTL baraka is…
 
Here’s your daily download in less than 5-minutes; less time than it takes Jeff Bezos to go into space (he'll board his company Blue Origin's first spaceflight next month). What’s up in the markets 1 | Aramco is all about them sukuks MENA 2 | Take a left at London INTL 3 | All that SoftBanks is not gold INTL 4 | Antitrust: you win some, you lose so…
 
Arab Digest editor William Law in conversation with Samuel Ramani, a geopolitical analyst and non-resident fellow at Gulf International Forum. Their conversation explores the extraordinary gains Russia has made in positioning itself as a player of consequence in the Middle East. Showing a deft hand and adroit manouevring Vladimir Putin, in a few sh…
 
Here’s your daily download in less than 5 minutes; less time than it takes Tesla to open its own restaurant chain - coming soon! What’s trending 1 | The name’s Bond, ADX-listed Bond MENA 2 | AMC is back at it again INTL 3 | It's going down on June 24th! INTL 4 | The latest cow-spiracy INTL 5 | Dressed by Depop INTL baraka is a community dedicated t…
 
Here’s your daily download in less than 5-minutes; less time than it takes for the oil price to cross the $70 mark (again). 1 | ADCB changes its Alexandria Medical game plan MENA 2 | Crowdcube is bringing power to the people INTL 3 | Cloudera goes back to being a private affair INTL 4 | Original glazed or oreo cookies and kreme? INTL 5 | $6b worth …
 
Here’s your daily download in less than 5-minutes; less time than it takes for Boris Johnson to get married for the third time. Hurray! 1 | Emirates Stallions Group is having a moment MENA 2 | Kuwait International Bank gets a $13.3m breather MENA 3 | Bee'ah is feeling the ESG vibes MENA 4 | Boeing is spoilt for choice INTL 5 | Oil is playing tease …
 
Arab Digest editor William Law in conversation with the European Council on Foreign Relations' Aslı Aydıntaşbaş and Cinzia Bianco. As Turkey's president and the crown prince of Abu Dhabi vie to grasp the mantle of regional leadership, the Biden administration has caused them to place a temporary pause on their competition for ascendancy. Meanwhile,…
 
Here’s your daily download in less than 5-minutes; less time than it takes to get your hands on a Saudi tourist visa (they'll be resuming soon!). What’s trending 1 | And you thought you were popular? Check out Adnoc MENA 2 | HSBC is so over its US retail ops INTL 3 | Another win for UK gig drivers INTL 4 | Get the ladoo out, we’re celebrating Paytm…
 
Here’s your daily download in less than 5-minutes; less time than it takes to accept the fact that the Middle Eastern summer heat is finally upon us. What’s trending 1 | UAE weather forecast: cloudy MENA 2 | Let’s talk about sports INTL 3 | The sound of IPO INTL 4 | Hosting a dinner party? Sony’s got the entertainment covered INTL 5 | Eat your vegg…
 
Here’s your daily download in less than 5-minutes; less time than it takes NYC schools to gear up for the return of students in the fall. What’s trending 1 | Dubai builds a crypto majlis MENA 2 | AMC and Wanda part ways INTL 3 | Kuaishou’s sales is jumpin’ jumpin’ INTL 4 | Bitcoin not welcome at HSBC's house... ever! INTL 5 | Tesla has been put on …
 
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