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UAE aims to convert oil wealth into tech prowess

H.E. Al Olama recently spoke about the burgeoning Emerati startup and venture capital ecosystem, and the country’s approaches to attracting U.S. VC...

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Crop One, Emirate open ‘world’s largest vertical farm’ in Dubai

Passengers on Emirates and other airlines will be able to eat the leafy greens, which include lettuces, arugula, mixed salad greens, and spinach, on...

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United Arab Emirates launches $820M fund to boost domestic space economy

UAE Ministry of Economy counts space among its “promising economic sectors,” and its space program has undertaken major programs in the past five...

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This Week in Apps: Twitter Notes, Instagram age verification, Spotify’s Live Events

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app...

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Sequoia Capital India and Founders Fund back UAE-based proptech startup Huspy in its $37M round

Founders Fund has made its first investment in the Middle East by backing UAE-based proptech startup Huspy. The $37 million Series A round, one of...

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Can Mirai Flights make it easier to book a private jet? Its new investors think so

If there’s one thing we found out during the pandemic, it is that private jets were one way for the rich and famous to avoid traveling with the...

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UK Fintech startup Leatherback raises $10M for its cross-border payments led by ZedCrest

Immigrants, international students, and the migrant population in general all require international payments, or foreign exchange. Revolut and Wise...

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Sequoia Capital India, STV back Dubai-based BNPL provider tabby in $54M extension round

Tabby, the Dubai-based buy now, pay later (BNPL) platform that lets users shop, pay later and earn cash from over 3,000 global brands, including...

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MoneyHash gets $3M to build a super-API for payment operations in Africa, Mideast

Large merchants, particularly those that operate in more than one geography, have to support an array of payments methods. Each payment integration...

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Sunday competitor Qlub emerges with $17M seed round from Cherry and Point Nine

Our behavior at restaurants and venues has changed massively in the last two years because of the pandemic, but many of us have realized the huge...

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African tech took center stage in 2021

Two years ago, the African tech ecosystem saw newfound attention from global players that translated to the continent’s best year of receiving...

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India’s Cars24, a used-vehicle sales platform, raises $400M, now at a $3.3B valuation, to double down on growth

With supply chains in the automotive industry continuing to be disrupted due to COVID-19, demand has surged in the used-car market. Today, one of the...

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VentureFriends raises $112M fund aimed at Southern Europe, Middle East and LatAm

Southern Europe has sometimes been seen as a little bit of a backwater in terms of venture capital funding. However, that has gradually started to...

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EFF sues spyware maker DarkMatter for illegally hacking Saudi activist

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed a lawsuit against spyware maker DarkMatter, along with three former members of U.S. intelligence...

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Opontia gets $42M to buy more e-commerce brands in Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa

E-commerce roll-up play Opontia launched in June, raising $20 million in debt and equity to acquire older, small e-commerce brands in the Middle East...

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Apple files lawsuit against NSO Group over Pegasus spyware

The iPhone maker said it's seeking an injunction to "prevent further abuse and harm to its users."

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Abwaab raises $20M Series A led by BECO Capital to expand across MENA and Pakistan

Jordan-based online learning platform Abwaab has raised $20 million in a Series A funding round (following a $5 million seed round in March of this...

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AudioMob, which serves audio ads inside mobile games, raises a $14M Series A

AudioMob is a startup that provides “non-intrusive” audio ads within mobile games. It turns out that gamers don’t seem to mind little...

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Nigeria’s Helium Health acquires Qatar’s Meddy in rare Africa-GCC deal

Nigeria and San Francisco-based health tech startup Helium Health has acquired Meddy, a Qatar-headquartered and UAE-based doctor booking platform,...

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Tier scoots off with $200M, all-equity ‘first close’ of Series D

Berlin-based e-scooter rentals company Tier Mobility has announced a $200 million raise, which it says is the “first close” of its Series...

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The UAE aims to launch a probe to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter in 2028

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Space Agency will be sending a probe to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, with the aim of ultimately landing...

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A new NSO zero-click attack evades Apple’s iPhone security protections, says Citizen Lab

The attacks circumvents Apple's new security feature, BlastDoor, built into all versions of iOS 14.

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Siga secures $8.1M Series B to prevent cyberattacks on critical infrastructure

Siga OT Solutions, an Israeli cybersecurity startup that helps organizations secure their operations by monitoring the raw electric signals of...

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This tool tells you if NSO’s Pegasus spyware targeted your phone

The toolkit scans iPhone and Android backup files for evidence of a compromise.

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Abu Dhabi-based micromobility operator Fenix launches 10-minute grocery delivery service

United Arab Emirates-based shared micromobility operator Fenix is expanding the use of its electric scooters and back-end logistics to not only move...

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Why former Alibaba scientist wants to back founders outside the Ivory Tower

Min Wanli had a career path much coveted by those pursuing a career in computer science. A prodigy, Min was accepted to a top research university in...

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YC-backed Ziina raises $7.5M seed led by Avenir Growth Capital and Class 5 Global

Cash is the predominant method of sending and receiving payments in the Middle East. If you owe someone a cup of coffee or a trip over a long period,...

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