How the COVID-19 pandemic is spurring private and family businesses in the Middle East to reinvent the future

The other day I had a video meeting with the newly-appointed Chief Information Officer (CIO) at a family business with operations across the Middle East. His main focus was on developing and growing his new employer’s eCommerce capabilities to capitalise on the region-wide shift – accelerated by the pandemic – towards doing business online.

Our conversation mirrored several trends that I’m now seeing in private and family business clients. Together, these developments mark a defining moment for the region’s privately-owned companies – an inflection point where they’re simultaneously transforming their technology, business models, talent management and governance for the “post COVID-19 world”.

Two waves of mitigations

How are businesses doing all of this? By way of context, private businesses in the Middle East are now in their second wave of actions aimed at mitigating and riding out the impacts of the pandemic.

The first wave focused on short-term cost reduction

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In a changing Middle East, Abraham Accords will usher in new era for technology

Nov 27, 2020

The common threat of Iran, a shared concern over Turkish aggression in the region and the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) insistence that its decision to normalize ties with Israel prevented annexation in the West Bank are all factors seen as contributing to the signing of the Abraham Accords Aug. 13. To that list one can also add desert farms.

“We are seeing a lot of investments coming from the UAE in agricultural infrastructure and agritech,” Ofer Sachs, CEO of Herzog Strategic Group and former director general of the Israeli Export Institute, told Al-Monitor.

Food security is a major concern for the UAE, which imports over 90% of its food needs, said Ibrahim al-Assil, a former Dubai-based consultant and senior fellow at the Middle East Institute. “Agritech is another area for cooperation between Israel and the UAE, including research, improving infrastructure, production methods and water saving processes. The

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Irreversible hotter and drier climate over inner East Asia

Irreversible hotter and drier climate over inner East Asia
Trees tell a heatwave and drought history of inner East Asia. The image shows a landscape in inner Mongolia, northern China, a Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) tree-ring sample, and a figure showing tree-ring-based heatwave and soil moisture reconstructions from Zhang et al. Science (2020). Credit: Peng Zhang, Hans Linderholm, Zhang et al., Science (2020)

Mongolia’s semi-arid plateau may soon become as barren as parts of the American Southwest due to a “vicious cycle” of heatwaves—that exacerbates soil drying, and ultimately produces more heatwaves—according to an international group of climate scientists.


Writing in the journal Science, the researchers warn that heatwaves and concurrent droughts have increased significantly during the past two decades, with troubling implications for the future. Using tree-ring data, which offer a glimpse of regional climates from before modern weather logs, the researchers developed heatwave and soil moisture records that suggest recent consecutive years of record high

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Middle East & Africa Gas Turbine Market Forecast to 2027 – COVID-19 Impact and Regional Analysis By Technology, Capacity, and Application

New York, Nov. 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report “Middle East & Africa Gas Turbine Market Forecast to 2027 – COVID-19 Impact and Regional Analysis By Technology, Capacity, and Application” – https://www.reportlinker.com/p05989553/?utm_source=GNW

Gas-fired turbines are faster, more efficient, and less polluting than coal-fired and nuclear power plants.High power-to-weight ratio and low operations pressure are among the various advantages associated with these turbines.

Besides, the gas turbines are durable and efficient, and cheaper to install.They exhibit less downtime and functional failure compared to nuclear and coal-driven turbines.

Increasing demand for natural gas-fired power plants, rising concerns regarding greenhouse gas emissions, and stringent government norms have stimulated the demand for gas turbines.Moreover, governments of the countries in this region offer incentives to companies using natural gas-based turbines for power generation.

In several countries, nuclear power stations have been closed due to political pressure which has led

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Middle East & Africa Geosteering Technology Market Forecast to 2027 – COVID-19 Impact and Regional Analysis By Product and Application

New York, Nov. 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report “Middle East & Africa Geosteering Technology Market Forecast to 2027 – COVID-19 Impact and Regional Analysis By Product and Application” – https://www.reportlinker.com/p05989554/?utm_source=GNW
Geosteering technologies are widely applied for well-placement operations in the oil & gas industry across the MEA.Geosteering gives real-time information in the form of imaging surveys.

This technology provides 2D and 3D terrain projections around the oil reservoir by continuously adjusting the drill head positioned above an oil well.The drill operating team also uses electronic logs and drill cutting operations to identify the paleontological properties and surfaces to be drilled in the field.

For the above processes, geosteering uses different methods, such as logging while drilling (LWD), measurement-while-drilling (MWD), and drive systems.Therefore, increase in demand for accurate real-time information to achieve highest production is expected to escalate the need for geosteering technology due

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South East Asia Flexographic Ink Market Forecast to 2027 – COVID-19 Impact and Regional Analysis By Resin Type, Technology, and Application

NEW YORK, Nov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ —

Read the full report: https://www.reportlinker.com/p05989614/?utm_source=PRN

Flexographic ink, also known as flexo printing ink, is used in the printing of packaging materials such as cardboard boxes, packaged food, paper bags, plastic bags, and newspapers.There is an upsurge in demand for flexographic inks from the packaging industry due to the growing focus of manufacturers on the development of attractive packaging methods and materials for their products.

UV curable ink is gaining high acceptance over other types such as water-based and solvent-based inks due to its advantages such as high production output, superior bonding, low volatile organic compound (VOC) content, lowered drying time, reduced rejection rates, and better solvent resistance properties. The demand for UV-curable inks has also increased on the back of continuous changes in environmental regulations, and growing awareness and rising concern toward improving the safety of packaged foods.

Based on application, the

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In New York’s East River, a tidal power project takes shape

This image shows the three turbines from Verdant Power’s Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy project, located in New York’s East River.

Verdant Power

Over the years, New York City’s East River has been commemorated in song, provided iconic shots for movies and even inspired the composition of poetry.

From ferries taking commuters to and from work to larger ships transporting cargo, this body of water — a tidal strait which has suffered greatly from the effects of pollution over the years — can be a bustling hive of activity.

For a good while now, it’s also been home to a scheme focused on the development of tidal power, a form of renewable energy which could have an important role to play in the years ahead.

Verdant Power’s Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) project, as it’s known, has been in development since 2002. Towards the end of October, the initiative took another

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Middle East And Africa Airport Security Market Booming By Size, Revenue And Trend In 2020 Scrutinized In New Research

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Nov 22, 2020 (AmericaNewsHour) —
With the recent wave of ISIS suicide attacks in the Middle East and Africa (MEA), one cannot underestimate the importance of effective airport security in the region.

The Middle East and Africa airport security technologies, industry & markets are going through major shifts. New and maturing sectors and technologies such as Standoff People & Vehicle-borne IED Detection, Cargo Screening, Cybersecurity, Airport Perimeter Security Systems, Automated Border Control Kiosks, and Advanced ICT Technologies create new market niches and fresh business opportunities.

According to the report, the Middle East & Africa market growth is boosted by the following drivers:
The recent wave of ISIS terror attacks across the Middle East and Africa
The region’s air passenger volume growth, especially in Turkey and the Gulf States
Advancements in security infrastructure and screening technologies
The high

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Evidence from one of Earth’s biggest underwater landslides ever sheds light on East African rifting

Evidence from one of Earth’s biggest underwater landslides ever sheds light on East African rifting
The figure shows a portion of the Mafia mega-slide imaged by a time-slice extracted from 3-D seismic reflection data (coherence attribute). Credit: Data courtesy of Royal Dutch Shell

A recent study, published in Nature Communications, discovered that earthquakes and continental movements triggered massive underwater landslides tens of millions of years ago off the coast of East Africa—findings that could help assess the future risk of tsunamis to the increasingly populated coastline in the region.


Led by Vittorio Maselli, Canada Research Chair in Coastal Zone Processes and an assistant professor in the Faculty of Science’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the study is the first to link large-scale submarine mass movements of sediment and rock in the margin slope of the western Indian Ocean with continental rifting and, thus, the formation of a new plate boundary.

With help from industry, Dr. Maselli and his team used seismic data to

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East Bay teens develop sanitizing drone to help clean school during pandemic

DUBLIN — Dublin High School’s robotics team has come up with a creative solution to help clean parts of the school outside during the pandemic —  a sanitizing drone.



a person standing in front of a computer: DUBLIN, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Dublin High students Karen Zhao, 16, bottom left, and sisters Nirupama Suravarjjala, 16, top left, and Niharika Suravarjjala, 17, all members of the Gael Force Robotics Team, look at the design of the special sanitizing drone the robotics team is building in Dublin, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. The sanitizing drone is designed to help clean the school's football field and bleachers. The group of 10 students from the team hopes to have the drone up and running in December. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)


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DUBLIN, CA – NOVEMBER 17: Dublin High students Karen Zhao, 16, bottom left, and sisters Nirupama Suravarjjala, 16, top left, and Niharika Suravarjjala, 17, all members of the Gael Force Robotics Team, look at the design of the special sanitizing drone the robotics team is building in Dublin, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. The sanitizing drone is designed to help clean the school’s football field and bleachers. The group of 10 students from the team hopes to have the drone up and running in December. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

They call it the TERSUS Project —  meaning “clean” in Latin, and also an acronym for Technologically Effective Rapid Smart Unmanned Sanitizer. The drone was

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