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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

New Post17 hours ago

India’s RuPay Preps For UAE Launch As It Eyes Lucrative Payments Market

The card will be launched during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the UAE, according to India’s ambassador to the UAE Navdeep Singh Suri.  
By Mary Sophia 4 min read
2 days ago

Saudi Arabia’s Online Grocery Platform Nana Direct Bags $6.6M In Series A Round

Investors in the round include MEVP, Impact46, Watar Partners, Saudi Venture Capital (SVC) Company, Wamda Capital and the Alzamil family.    
By Mary Sophia 4 min read
1 week ago

Saudi Aramco Is Picking Up A $15B Stake In India’s Richest Man’s Refinery

With an IPO hovering over, Aramco is taking a 20% stake in oil to chemicals division of India’s Reliance Industries Limited.  
By Mary Sophia 4 min read
1 week ago

Warren Buffett’s Residential Brokerage’s Middle East Arm To Broker $5B Properties Deal By IBC Group

IBC Group said that it intends to acquire 10,000 properties to furnish as holiday homes, using the brokerage services of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gulf Properties.
By Mary Sophia 4 min read
2 weeks ago

With Her Women-Centric Designs, Saudi Designer Honayda Is Gradually Conquering The Global Fashion Industry

Saudi Arabian designer Honayda Serafi is rewriting the rules of fashion in the Middle East with designs that focus on empowerment. Now she's cementing her success with a flagship store.
By Mary Sophia 22 min read
2 weeks ago

Mastercard Acquires Danish PayTech Firm Nets For $3.19B

The acquisition provides even more depth and scale to the Mastercard Send and Transfast technologies that deliver cross-border payments to bank accounts, mobile wallets and cards.
By Mary Sophia 4 min read
2 weeks ago

A Year On, MENA’s IPO Values Have Grown By 222.6% To Touch $2.8B

Saudi Arabia led the IPO activity in the MENA region with three listings on the main market in Q2 2019 with net proceeds of $1,023.4 million.
By Mary Sophia 4 min read
2 weeks ago

This Is What Global Investors Are Most Worried About Now

Investors in the UAE, who remained upbeat about the local economy, said they were most concerned about cybersecurity.
By Mary Sophia 4 min read