Press Releases

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Winners announced at the Zain-sponsored MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab startup competition

April 22, 2015

Winners announced at the Zain-sponsored MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab startup competition

Zain Group announces that teams from Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates made it to the winners’ stage at the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab competition. The contestants were singled out for putting forward the best start-up innovative and creative business ideas in the Arab world from amongst 75 contesting teams from 15 Arab countries. The competition’s final ceremony, at which the winners were announced, is a culmination of six months of planning, with the gala ceremony being held at the Symphony Style Hotel in Kuwait on 20 April.

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Zain KSA continues to report significant growth in Q1 2015

April 21, 2015

Zain KSA continues to report significant growth in Q1 2015

Zain KSA announced significant improvements in its financial results for the first quarter of 2015. The Company reported a 27% increase in EBITDA, at SAR 348 million up from SAR 275 million in Q4 2014. EBITDA margin rose to 21% in Q1 2015, up from 17% during the previous quarter.

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Zain makes strategic investment with Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP)

April 18, 2015

Zain makes strategic investment with Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP)

Zain Group, a leading innovator of mobile communications in eight markets across the Middle East and Africa, announces its first foray in venture capital investment through a strategic anchor participation in Middle East Venture Partners’ (MEVP) latest fund. The Dubai based MEVF II fund will invest in early stage technology companies with proven traction in the MENA region and will focus its investment on three verticals: Web and mobile digital plays; e-marketplaces; and B2B companies.

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Zain Group publishes report entitled, “Connecting Separated Families: Providing Hope Through Connectivity”

April 11, 2015

Zain Group publishes report entitled, “Connecting Separated Families: Providing Hope Through Connectivity”

Zain Group, the leading telecom innovator in 8 markets across the Middle East and Africa, announces the publication of a thought-leadership report entitled, “Connecting Separated Families: Providing Hope Through Connectivity”, which chronicles the inherent potential of a collaborative approach to using technology as a means to empower and liberate displaced people. The report, available in both Arabic and English, was undertaken in collaboration with Refugees United (REFUNITE) and leading technology provider Ericsson.

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Lending a voice to the voiceless: Zain launches stark, high-impact campaign against child abuse

April 07, 2015

Lending a voice to the voiceless: Zain launches stark, high-impact campaign against child abuse

Zain Group, a leading innovator in mobile telecom in eight markets across the Middle East and Africa, announces the commencement of its multi-faceted media campaign to raise awareness about the ills of child abuse and shed light on this often taboo, yet tragic topic. Zain is looking to highlight this global phenomenon and support children from the region, especially in those areas ravaged with conflict, to grow free from abuse so that they can achieve their full potential and actively contribute to and enjoy our wonderful world.

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Zain-sponsored MIT conference in Kuwait brings leaders together to address region’s most pressing challenges

April 06, 2015

Zain-sponsored MIT conference in Kuwait brings leaders together to address region’s most pressing challenges

Leaders from government, industry, and academia in the Arab world will gather in Kuwait on April 20-21 for the 8th MIT Pan-Arab Conference, the flagship event of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Arab Alumni Association (MIT AAA). The two-day event will take place at the Symphony Style Hotel in Salmiya, Kuwait. Organized jointly with the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab Region (MIT EF Pan Arab) and with lead sponsorship from Zain Group, this year’s conference addresses the Arab world’s most pressing challenges and discusses the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in overcoming these issues.

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Zain Iraq announces senior management changes

March 31, 2015

Zain Iraq announces senior management changes

Zain Group announces that Wael Ghanayem, Chief Financial and Operating Officer of Zain Iraq will return to Zain Group to become part of the Group’s executive leadership team in implementing its new strategic direction of transforming into an integrated digital mobile operator. In addition, Mr. Ghanayem will continue to support Zain Iraq, the country’s leading mobile operator, as an advisor to the mobile operator’s Board of Directors.

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In partnership with Zain and ALJCI: 75 teams qualify to next round of the MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition

March 18, 2015

In partnership with Zain and ALJCI: 75 teams qualify to next round of the MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition

The MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab region, in partnership with Zain Group and Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI) , announced that a total of 75 teams from 15 countries have qualified for the next round of the prestigious MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) Arab Startup Competition, with the final winners ceremony now confirmed to be held at the Symphony Style Hotel, Kuwait on 20 April 2015.

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A first in Kuwait: Zain launches ‘Microsoft Office 365’ innovative solutions

March 17, 2015

A first in Kuwait: Zain launches ‘Microsoft Office 365’ innovative solutions

Zain, the leading telecommunications company in Kuwait, announced the launch of Microsoft Office 365 innovative solutions to its corporate customers in cooperation with Vodafone. The offering is a software service providing cutting-edge productivity applications and communication services to Enterprises and SME. The launch of these new innovative solutions strengthens Zain’s leading position as a unified communications provider in Kuwait and across the region.

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Zain Group joins REFUNITE, the International Rescue Committee and Ericsson to Use Mobile Technology to Reconnect Separated Families in South Sudan

March 12, 2015

Zain Group joins REFUNITE, the International Rescue Committee and Ericsson to Use Mobile Technology to Reconnect Separated Families in South Sudan

Zain Group announces that it has joined Refugees United (REFUNITE), the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) in launching a pilot project in South Sudan, which empowers separated families to search for their missing loved ones through a mobile phone. The Family Reconnection Project leverages simple mobile technology in support of the 1.4 million people who are internally displaced in South Sudan.

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Zain Group Chairman and CEO discuss expansion of 4G coverage with Lebanon Telecom Minister in Barcelona

March 11, 2015

Zain Group Chairman and CEO discuss expansion of 4G coverage with Lebanon Telecom Minister in Barcelona

Zain Group, a leading telecom innovator in eight markets across the Middle East and Africa, announces the holding of fruitful discussions between the Group Chairman, Asaad Al Banwan, Group CEO, Scott Gegenheimer, Touch Lebanon CEO Wassim Mansour and the Minister of Telecommunications in Lebanon, Boutros Harb and several ministry officials during the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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Zain Group joins Etisalat UAE SmartHub to accelerate global Internet offering

March 11, 2015

Zain Group joins Etisalat UAE SmartHub to accelerate global Internet offering

Zain Group, a leading telecom innovator in eight markets across the Middle East and Africa, announces a strategic agreement with Etisalat UAE, to participate in Etisalat’s SmartHub, the region’s largest capacity, content, Internet and data hub in the Middle East.

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Zain partners with datamena to bring higher quality connectivity for customers

March 10, 2015

Zain partners with datamena to bring higher quality connectivity for customers

Zain Group, a leading mobile telecom innovator across eight markets in the Middle East and Africa, has announced a new collaboration with datamena, the carrier neutral data centre and connectivity platform based in the UAE and serving the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region.

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Zain Group to extend GSMA’s Mobile Connect digital identity initiative across the Middle East

March 08, 2015

Zain Group to extend GSMA’s Mobile Connect digital identity initiative across the Middle East

Zain Group has confirmed that it will develop Mobile Connect services across the region in cooperation with other regional operators. The GSMA’s Mobile Connect service enables customers to create and manage a universal identity that will securely authenticate them and allow them to safely access mobile and digital services such as e-commerce, banking, health and digital entertainment, as well as e-government portals, via their mobile phones.

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Zain Group joins forces with neXgen Group to take advantage of the smart city revolution in region

March 03, 2015

Zain Group joins forces with neXgen Group to take advantage of the smart city revolution in region

Zain Group announces a strategic collaboration with neXgen Group, a leading smart city advisory and consulting services provider based in the UAE. The cooperation will see both entities join forces in advising governments and mega real estate developers in facilitating the deployment of smart city solutions across the region.

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