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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

3 weeks ago

RERA CEO Marwan Bin Ghalita Is Using Tech To Entice Global Investors To Dubai's Property Market

Marwan Bin Ghalita has led Dubai’s RERA through many market cycles. Now, with the help of technology, he is set on improving transparency as he entices investors to Dubai’s property market.
By Mary Sophia 25 min read
3 weeks ago

How Bayut's CEO Haider Ali Khan Is Deploying His $160M Funding, And Disrupting The Market

Haider Ali Khan left a corporate job in the U.S. to build property portal, Bayut, in the U.A.E. Today, with funding worth $160 million, he is leading a juggernaut that is rapidly scaling.  
By Mary Sophia 21 min read
3 weeks ago

Women Became Billionaires Much Faster Than Men In The Last 5 Years

The number of female billionaires increased by 46%, rising from 160 to 233 over the five years to the end of 2018.
By Mary Sophia 4 min read
1 month ago

Will Roberto Cavalli's New Billionaire Owner Bring It Back To Profitability?

The Italian fashion house was up for sale last year after its owner struggled to cut its losses.
By Mary Sophia 5 min read
1 month ago

In India, This Is Where Bahrain-Based Investcorp Is Investing Its $142M Maiden Fund

Investcorp has invested its $142 million maiden Indian fund into these five companies.
By Mary Sophia 6 min read
1 month ago

After A Decade Of Investing Globally, Mubadala Just Announced $250M MENA Tech Funds

$150 million of the investment will be directed to funds that support companies that use Abu Dhabi’s Hub71 for regional expansion, while $100 million will be directed to 15 tech startups.
By Mary Sophia 5 min read
1 month ago

Abu Dhabi’s First Budget Airline Might Be A Win For Etihad But Might Not Be For Air Arabia

Etihad and Air Arabia announced that they would create an independent joint venture company that will operate Air Arabia Abu Dhabi.
By Mary Sophia 6 min read
1 month ago

Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths Plans To Keep It Flying

For Paul Griffiths, his current position is a dream job. As Dubai plans to welcome 100 million passengers through its concourses, the CEO is working to maintain Dubai as a global aviation hub.
By Mary Sophia 23 min read