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eCommerce Fashion Platform Namshi Acquired By Noon

The deal worth $335 million will consolidate the region’s eCommerce market by bringing together two of the largest online retailers.

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Emaar, Dubai’s premiere real estate developer, has revealed that it will be selling off ownership rights to the eCommerce fashion platform Namshi, which it has owned outright since 2019, after purchasing a 51% stake back in 2017.

Namshi is being acquired by rival company Noon, who will pay $335.2 million for the acquisition, a price set by an independent valuer and approved via Dubai’s Securities & Commodities Authority. The figure represents a hefty profit for Emaar, who paid $281 in total for full ownership of the company.

“The company would like to announce that its board of directors has, in principle, approved the sale of Namshi to Noon (subject to the approval of the Noon board of directors). Detailed information will be disclosed once the approval of Noon’s board is received formally,”  says Ahmad Thani Rashed Al Matrooshi, board member at Emaar.

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The move will considerably consolidate the region’s eCommerce space, as Noon and Namshi are two of the biggest online retailers in the United Arab Emirates, with shopping giant Amazon taking the top spot.

Noon was founded in 2017 by Mohamed Alabbar, the founder of Emaar properties, along with help from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. The sale is the second major investment switch for Emaar, who recently bought a stake in the Dubai Creek Harbour development for a massive $2 billion.

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PowerSchool Launches Arab Version Of Its EdTech Platform

The cloud-based solution is now available to Middle Eastern users, helping schools with administrative, communication, and classroom workflows.

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PowerSchool, a leading cloud-based education software provider, today announced the launch of newly translated and localized solutions for the UAE and wider Gulf Coast and Middle East region.

Native-Arabic speaking educators will now be able to accomplish critical administrative, communication and classroom workflows using newly-updated Arabic translations, as well as access a right-to-left oriented interface, Hijri calendar overlay, and more.

PowerSchool’s platform is able to log student records and create reports in their native language, while teachers can now create enhanced, personalized lessons for their students and digital forms for parents.

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Finally, PowerSchool’s multi-language AI-powered assistant is also in development, and the company plans to launch the tool in the Middle East in the near future.

“With the UAE and other GCC countries prioritizing digital transformation in education, we are pleased to announce the availability of our educational and operational products in Arabic,” revealed Stewart Monk, Senior Vice President & General Manager, International at PowerSchool. “This also aligns with our commitment to provide mission-critical support to education leaders to provide personalized learning for students globally”.

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Along with the launch of a new Dubai office in 2023, PowerSchool seems highly invested in localized Arabic products. The latest announcement from the company strongly signals its commitment to the Middle East and GCC, and comes after the publication of its 2024 Education Focus Report, which takes a deep dive into the region’s education trends and developments.

“PowerSchool’s commitment to providing Arabic localization across its products reflects an understanding of their diverse user base and their commitment to inclusivity,” explained Mohammed Essam, PowerSchool Lead at ESOL Education. “This investment can lead to closer collaboration with educational institutions in the Middle East, fostering innovation and progress in the education sector. Overall, this is a promising direction that could benefit both PowerSchool and the educational community in the region”.

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