The global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent swift transition toward remote work has tested the production capacity of virtually every laptop manufacturer. In the Middle East, the laptop and desktop market grew more than 12 percent during the pandemic, with shipments going up by 23 percent. Now, Qatar Free Zones Authority (QFZA) has announced its plan to establish a state-of-the-art production facility in Umm Alhoul Free Zone. Once operational, it will become Qatar’s first laptop manufacturing facility and ship out over 350,000 products every year.
The task of building the facility has been appointed to iLife Digital, a leading intelligent robotics and electronics company based in Florida, US, and Prime Technologies, a subsidiary of Ali Bin Ali Holding. The two companies will use it to produce everything from laptops to desktop computers to smartwatches.
“We are proud to host this partnership between iLife Digital and Prime Technologies at Umm Alhoul Free Zone. It is the latest example of our close collaboration with the Qatari private sector to foster growth and innovation for the country and the broader region,” said H.E. Ahmad Al-Sayed, Minister of State and Chairman of QFZA.
In addition to becoming the region’s manufacturing powerhouse, the new facility will also support logistics and R&D activities and become home to a consumer solutions center. In total, it’s expected to create 160 jobs in the region, including 144 skilled opportunities.
“Our Group has always been known for pioneering efforts and supporting innovations to get the best for the people of Qatar. The new facility, with its state-of-the-art production and R&D facility along with a logistics and customer solutions center, is a reiteration of such efforts,” commented Vice-Chairman & EVP of Ali Bin Ali Holding Mr. Nabeel Ali Bin Ali.
The construction of Qatar’s first laptop manufacturing facility is an important step toward achieving the country’s National Vision 2030, whose goal is to create a knowledge-based economy and promote economic diversification.
Matchmaking App Hawaya Lets Users Connect Based On Lifestyle Choices
Hawaya currently operates in 12 new countries, including Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE, France, Germany, UK, Malaysia, Indonesia, the United States, and Canada.
Finding love is not easy, especially for singles in the Middle East, where conservative cultural norms don’t approve of any but the most traditional forms of matchmaking, which don’t seem all that appealing to many members of younger generations. But it’s not like young men and women in the Middle East are without modern options when it comes to finding the partner of their dreams. Hawaya, a Cairo-born matchmaking app, has recently celebrated 4 million users, and it’s now rolling out a feature that has the potential to expand its userbase even further: the ability to connect based on lifestyle choices with people from other regions.
Hawaya currently operates in 12 new countries, including Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE, France, Germany, UK, Malaysia, Indonesia, the United States of America, and Canada. So far, it has resulted in 18,000 commitments, with 5,000 in Egypt alone.
“We’re seeing singles all over the region, women in particular, trusting in Hawaya to find their life partner more than ever before, which displays greater social acceptance for mobile matchmaking as an empowering tool for women to find their ideal life partner,” said Shaymaa Ali, Hawaya’s co-founder and Marketing Manager in the MENA region.
The new “Lifestyle Preferences” feature allows users to find their other half based on shared interests, likes, and dislikes. Users can now specify the geographic area they would like to explore, instead of always receiving matches that are located as close to them as possible.
“Through innovation, tech, and cultural respect, Hawaya prides itself to be a progressive app that aims to destigmatize the taboo of online matchmaking, and empowering women to take their time and spark a real connection with the love of their lives,” added Sameh Saleh, Hawaya’s founder and CEO.
Since the 2017 launch of Hawaya, social acceptance of online matchmaking in the MENA region has seen a measurable improvement, but there’s still a long way to go before all users of matchmaking apps like Hawaya won’t feel the need to hide their identities.