Welcome to the February edition of MEA Markets which features our brand new look. We hope you enjoy it.

Going into 2017, the technology industry in the region is continuing to grow. We look at MFS Africa, the leading Pan-African fintech company, which develops and distributes mobile financial solutions to African markets. They have announced that its MFS Hub is now connected to 120 million mobile wallets in Sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, we examine CBD NOW, the digital challenger bank being launched by the Commercial Bank of Dubai, which is the first digital bank to market in the United Arab Emirates.

Contributing to this continued success in the technology sector, we speak to Ahmad Al-Hanandeh about how he has helped in the transformation of Zain Jordan. The firm is a leading mobile and data services operator in the Middle East. With these latest developments, the MEA region can look forward to a positive future in this industry.

Elsewhere, Shiri Shaham and Simon Weintraub at the Israeli law firm, Yigal Arnon & Co. explore the state of the natural gas industry in Israel and how this is impacting the local economy.

Lastly, we give you an insight into all the latest deals from the region, including the news that The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) have signed a partnership agreement with the UAE Space Agency, which will support the space sector and promote scientific research and innovation for generations to come.

We hope you enjoy this issue.

Jonathan Miles, Editor
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