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Lebanon’s Beirut Digital District (BDD) Partners With Zoho

The collaboration will help entrepreneurs and startups in the BDD community during uncertain economic times, offering full access to Zoho’s comprehensive suite of cloud applications.



lebanon's beirut digital district bdd partners with zoho

Leading cloud software provider Zoho has announced that it will be teaming up with Beirut Digital District (BDD), a unique digital and creative community hub in Lebanon, to support local entrepreneurship during a time of increased economic disruption.

For those unaware of the current situation in Lebanon, an unprecedented series of events has led to a collapse of the local banking system and a rapid devaluation of the national currency, leaving the nation in a state of turmoil. Despite the bleak outlook, Beirut Digital District has remained a beacon of hope for startups and entrepreneurs, and continued to champion innovation and winning growth strategies.

As part of the collaboration, BDD network member businesses will gain access to Zoho’s complete suite of digital solutions, including accounting, marketing, communication, and other productivity software, using a complementary digital wallet loaded with up to $1,000 of credit.

“We are thrilled to kick off this partnership with BDD […] helping them improve efficiency, reduce costs and quickly adapt to changing market needs. Through this partnership, we aim to digitally empower Lebanon’s businesses with our latest, scalable, and cost-effective solutions, as well as serve the community by sharing our expertise,” says Ali Shabdar, Regional Director, MEA at Zoho.

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So what are the benefits of the Zoho collaboration for Beirut Digital District members? First and foremost, Zoho’s cloud platform offers a comprehensive suite of services, allowing businesses to run their entire operation from a central interface, with seamless integration and without multiple vendor contracts and compatibility hassles. User experience is a high priority for Zoho, along with a privacy-centric approach and a welcome lack of advertising.

If you’re a Lebanese reader keen to learn more about eligibility for the Zoho deal, the company has built a registration page containing further information and a form for businesses to submit their applications.


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Lebanese Newspaper Builds AI President To Beat Political Crisis

The move by media outlet AnNahar comes after 13 failed attempts by the Lebanese parliament to elect a new leader.



lebanese newspaper builds ai president to beat political crisis

In a world first, Lebanon’s AnNahar Newspaper has built an artificial intelligence model designed to carry out presidential duties for the politically troubled country. Lebanon has been without a sitting president for two years after thirteen failed attempts by the nation’s parliament to elect a suitable candidate.

The new AI President’s deep learning algorithm was fed over 90 years of impartial journalism from AnNahar’s archive stretching back to the 1930s. The AI leader analyzes not only historical data but also current events and is able to formulate solutions for all manner of political, legal, and governmental questions. By tapping into such a vast knowledge base, Lebanon’s AI President will have a deep understanding of the country’s past, as well as an unbiased take on the challenges the nation faces going forward.

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The new AI President was unveiled in a recent live broadcast. Nayla Tueni, editor-in-chief of AnNahar Newspaper conducted an interview with the digital leader, asking relevant questions about the current state of Lebanon, and how to fix the country’s difficult political situation. AnNahar has also converted its print newspaper to focus entirely on the new president’s guidance on issues spanning everything from the economy to sustainability and the environment.

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After the interview, Nayla Tueni commented: “As Lebanese people, and especially at AnNahar, we refuse to sit back and allow things to go on as they have. To not have a president for this long is unacceptable and has impacted the country negatively. If the parliament will not do its job to elect a president, then the people will bring to Lebanon a president”.

The AI President will soon be accessible to everyone at, Users will be able to ask questions in a similar manner to the likes of ChatGPT and Google Gemini. It is also understood that government officials will also use the tool to help devise new directives.

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