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Salim Essaid

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About Salim
Salim Essaid is an American TV/online presenter/producer specializing in technology, business, energy and innovation. 

From 2018 to 2020 he was the lead reporter on the Euronews feature program Inspire Middle East, covering topics ranging from culture & the arts to business & innovation in countries including Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, and the UAE. 

Salim is adept at performing live hits covering regional news and politics, equipped with the needed cameras and lighting to produce TV ready quality content. 

He excels at storytelling methods that are relatable  using information and content to explain complex cultural or technical matters to an international audience, all delivered in an easy to digest way.
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Israel and Hamas urged to agree to Gaza war ceasefire

30 Apr 2024  |  The National
International pressure mounts on Israel and Hamas to agree to a ceasefire in Gaza, with decisive talks taking place in Cairo. The potential deal includes a temporary truce and a hostage swap, with Israel considering a 'second phase' involving sustained calm. The World Economic Forum in Riyadh focuses on the crisis, with global leaders urging acceptance of the proposal. The US is also involved, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken and President Joe Biden actively engaging in discussions. The failure of negotiations could lead to Hamas relocating its leadership from Qatar, with talks potentially moving to Jordan.

UAE's ADNOC to expand gas processing with $3.6 billion contract

09 Apr 2024  |  al-monitor.com
ADNOC Gas has awarded a $3.6 billion contract to expand its gas processing infrastructure in the UAE, with the majority of the deal's value expected to benefit the country's economy. The contract was given to a joint venture between the National Petroleum Construction Company and Spain's Tecnicas Reunidas. The project will increase ethane extraction by 40% at the Habshan complex and includes a new 120-kilometer pipeline to the Ruwais Industrial Complex.

Russia becomes UAE’s top gold supplier as Ukraine sanctions bite

04 Apr 2024  |  al-monitor.com
In 2022, Russia surpassed Mali, Zimbabwe, and Ghana to become the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) primary gold supplier. This shift occurred as Western nations imposed economic sanctions on Russia due to its invasion of Ukraine, leading the UAE to increase its gold imports from Russia. The UAE imported 96.4 tons of gold from Russia, representing about one-third of Russia's annual mine production and over 15 times the amount imported from Russia the previous year. Mali was the second-largest supplier with 95.7 tons of gold to the UAE.

UAE gets whiff of metaverse's smell potential

04 Apr 2024  |  al-monitor.com
The United Arab Emirates is fostering innovation in the metaverse, particularly with technologies that enable virtual smelling. The Dubai Metaverse Strategy aims to attract 1,000 companies, support 40,000 virtual jobs, and contribute $4 billion to Dubai's GDP by 2030. Alistair Pernigo, an Italian inventor, co-created Auralink, a startup that develops technologies to detect, analyze, and reproduce smells, highlighting the UAE's appeal to metaverse startups.

China, UAE overtake US companies at Turkey’s IDEF 23 weapons fair

04 Apr 2024  |  al-monitor.com
Turkey's 16th International Defense Industry Fair (IDEF 2023) is underway in Istanbul, with defense companies presenting their latest offerings. The event, which began in 1993, is hosted by Turkey’s Ministry of National Defense and ranks as the fourth largest defense industry gathering globally. While the number of companies attending this year is undisclosed, the previous edition in 2021 attracted over a thousand companies from 53 countries. Turkey also signed a military and financial cooperation deal with Tajikistan during the fair.

Who is Sultan Al Mansouri, Qatar’s first UAE ambassador in 6 years?

04 Apr 2024  |  al-monitor.com
Qatar has appointed Sultan Al Mansouri as ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, filling a six-year vacancy since the 2017 Gulf crisis. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the emir of Qatar, made the appointment, signaling further reconciliation between the two countries following the resumption of embassy operations in June. Mansouri, a seasoned diplomat, has previously served as Qatar’s ambassador to Austria and China, and as a permanent representative to the United Nations in Vienna.

UAE breaks foreign direct investment record as Saudi Arabia sees 59% dip

03 Apr 2024  |  al-monitor.com
In 2022, the United Arab Emirates achieved its highest foreign direct investment inflow of nearly $23 billion, while Saudi Arabia experienced a 59% decrease to approximately $7.9 billion. The UNCTAD 2023 World Investment Report highlighted that Israel and the UAE were the top two countries in the MENA region for FDI inflow, ranking 15th and 16th globally.

China development financier AIIB opens first global office in UAE

MBS and Modi discuss expanding trade goals as Saudi-India ties grow

11 Sep 2023  |  al-monitor.com
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held productive talks in New Delhi, focusing on trade ties and areas of cooperation such as grid connectivity, renewable energy, food security, semiconductors, and supply chains. The discussions took place after the G20 Summit and were part of the Saudi-Indian Strategic Partnership Council meeting at the Hyderabad House.

Arab moviegoers wait to see 'Barbie' as UAE, Saudi screenings loom

31 Aug 2023  |  al-monitor.com
The premiere of the 'Barbie' movie in the United Arab Emirates was delayed from July 20 to August 31, with no specified reason, raising concerns about a potential ban. However, the UAE Media Council has now approved the film for screening in licensed cinemas after completing necessary procedures. Vox Cinemas and Roxy Cinemas have confirmed the new premiere date but have not yet allowed ticket purchases or reservations. The status of the movie's release in Jordan and Oman remains uncertain, while Egypt has approved the screening.

Saudi Arabia, UAE lead Forbes’ 2023 Arab family business ranking

01 Aug 2023  |  Al-Monitor: Independent, trusted coverage of the Middle East
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates lead Forbes Middle East's Top 100 Arab Family Businesses ranking in 2023, with 33 and 29 companies listed respectively. Egypt's Mansour Group topped the ranking, followed by the UAE's Al-Futtaim Group and Saudi Arabia's Olayan Financing Company. The ranking highlighted shifts in business practices and the importance of establishing trust with consumers for growth.

UAE rice ban after major exporter India spikes global supply fears

31 Jul 2023  |  al-monitor.com
The United Arab Emirates has implemented a temporary ban on rice exports and reexports for four months, following India's major prohibition on non-basmati rice exports. This move significantly affects the UAE, which imports 90% of its food and was the 16th-largest importer of rice in 2021, with the majority sourced from India. The ban pertains to various types of rice and their products not originating from India.

Turkey, UAE ink $50 billion in trade deals during Erdogan visit

19 Jul 2023  |  Al-Monitor: Independent, trusted coverage of the Middle East
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and UAE counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan met in Abu Dhabi, establishing a strategic council and signing agreements worth $50.7 billion. These deals, which include investments in various sectors, build upon a previous $40 billion trade deal and aim to enhance the UAE-Turkey Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. The agreements also involve establishing a Joint Economic and Trade Commission and consensus on extradition rules and legal cooperation.

Qatar leans east to achieve 40% global LNG output by 2029

13 Jul 2023  |  www.al-monitor.com
Qatar aims to dominate the global LNG market by signing a record volume of long-term contracts, particularly with Asian countries, to reach 40% of the new LNG market by 2029. QatarEnergy's CEO, Saad al-Kaabi, announced at the LNG 2023 conference that expansion projects approved last year will increase Qatar's LNG output by 64% to 126 million tons per year by 2027. Qatar tied with the United States as the world's top LNG exporter in 2022, with Australia leading slightly.

Saudi Arabia leads AI global index for strategy as Israel tops Mideast rankings

04 Jul 2023  |  al-monitor.com
Saudi Arabia leads in government strategy for artificial intelligence according to a global study by Tortoise Media, while the United States ranks first overall. Israel is 7th globally in the AI index, with Saudi Arabia at 31st and the UAE, which has an AI minister, at 28th. The study assessed 62 countries using over 100 indicators across various categories including talent, infrastructure, R&D, and commercial activity.

Dubai leaps to world’s 7th most expensive city for luxury living, overtaking Paris, Zurich

20 Jun 2023  |  Al-Monitor: Independent, trusted coverage of the Middle East
Dubai has risen to the 7th most expensive city for luxury living worldwide, surpassing Paris and Zurich, as per the Julius Baer’s Global Wealth and Lifestyle Report 2023. This marks the first time Dubai is the only Arab city in the top 25 of the list, and the EMEA region is now considered the most affordable for high-class living, with European cities falling in the rankings.

Saudi Arabia's carbon credit exchange: climate action or greenwashing?

16 Jun 2023  |  Al-Monitor: Independent, trusted coverage of the Middle East
Saudi Arabia's Regional Voluntary Carbon Market Company (RVCMC) launched its 2024 carbon credit exchange and hosted the world's largest voluntary carbon credit auction in Kenya. The initiative, part of Saudi's efforts to achieve net zero by 2060, has been met with debate over its sincerity in climate action. RVCMC Chair Rania Nashar emphasized the company's role in addressing the energy transition. In the auction, 16 firms, including Aramco and Saudi Airlines, purchased over 2.2 million tons of carbon credits for an estimated $14.74 million.

UAE signs agreement with Pakistan’s Karachi Port Trust

01 Jun 2023  |  Al-Monitor: Independent, trusted coverage of the Middle East
Pakistan signed a 50-year concession agreement with the UAE's AD Ports Group for terminal operations at the Karachi Gateway Terminal Limited. The joint venture between AD Ports Group and Kaheel Terminals aims to enhance efficiency, attract investment, and stimulate the economy. Karachi Port Trust chairman Syed Syedain Raza Zaidi emphasized the growth potential of the agreement, which is part of Pakistan's efforts to raise funds and repay the IMF.

UAE ranked first globally in attracting new millionaires in 2022

01 Jun 2023  |  Al-Monitor: Independent, trusted coverage of the Middle East
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) saw the highest net inflow of millionaires globally in 2022, with an increase of 5,200 residents with a net worth of $1 million or more. In contrast, countries like China, India, the United Kingdom, and Russia experienced declines in their millionaire populations. The Henley Private Wealth Migration Report 2023, published by Henley & Partners, highlights these migration statistics as indicators of economic outlook and future trends.

Dubai’s DP World signs deals with China seaport companies in latest push

14 May 2023  |  al-monitor.com
DP World, a state-owned company from Dubai, has signed agreements with China's Ningbo-Zhoushan port and Zhejiang Seaport to collaborate on automobile industry chain services and logistics. The Ningbo-Zhoushan port aims to enhance the deal under China's Road and Belt Initiative. This follows DP World's promotional event in Beijing to attract Chinese investment.

Coinbase 'welcomed' to Abu Dhabi's Hub71, hinting at new base in UAE

08 May 2023  |  al-monitor.com
Hub71, backed by Mubadala, is reported to have allowed Coinbase to establish an international hub in Abu Dhabi, UAE. This follows a tweet by Mubadala Capital's head of ventures, Ibrahim Ajami, and comments by Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong at a Dubai tech event. Rudy Shoushany, CEO of DxTalks, interprets these developments as a sign that a deal has likely been finalized, although no official statement has been released.

Syria's Assad lands in Saudi Arabia seeking financial incentives at Arab summit

05 May 2023  |  Al-Monitor: Independent, trusted coverage of the Middle East
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad arrived in Saudi Arabia to attend the Arab summit, marking his most significant appearance on the Arab stage since the Syrian conflict began in 2011. This visit follows Syria's recent readmission to the Arab League. Assad's participation has drawn scrutiny from the US and skepticism regarding what Syria can contribute.

Syria's Assad lands in Saudi Arabia seeking financial incentives at Arab summit

04 May 2023  |  Al-Monitor: Independent, trusted coverage of the Middle East
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad arrived in Saudi Arabia for the Arab summit, marking his most significant appearance on the Arab stage since 2011. This visit is Assad's first to the kingdom in over a decade and coincides with Syria's recent readmission to the Arab League. The summit is taking place amid US scrutiny and skepticism, as well as opposition from some Arab countries.

Tunisia's fight for freedom: 10 years after the Arab Spring, activists face digital surveillance

05 Apr 2023  |  euronews
The article discusses the aftermath of the Arab Spring in Tunisia, focusing on recent protests against derogatory comments made by a Tunisian parliamentarian and the broader issue of freedom of expression in the country. It highlights the case of Saif Ayadi, a social worker and activist, who was detained by police during a protest. The article also touches on the use of digital surveillance by Tunisian authorities to identify and intimidate protesters, citing the lack of laws incriminating electronic crimes. NGOs like Al Bawsala and Amnesty International have pointed out the need for digital policy reform and the increasing intolerance of authorities towards criticism. Activists have resorted to using encrypted platforms and gaming communication tools to organize and evade surveillance. Euronews reached out to the Tunisian Assembly for comments on these claims but received no response at the time of publication.

Gay Arab-Americans create their own space to feel safe and at home. (Associated Press)

In April, Morgan Stanley Capital International delayed Kuwait’s market upgrade citing the pandemic as the cause. The new date is yet unknown, however, analysts believe November could be viable. (Euronews)

As entomophagy, or eating insects, grows in popularity across the globe, Kuwaitis re-visit their cultural tradition of eating locusts that developed from survival practices during harsh desert climates. (Euronews)

Libra, the proposed global digital currency led by Facebook, has raised concerns amongst some governments and financial authorities around the world. (Euronews)

Asmaa Elamrousy is more than meets the eye, she’s a devout Muslim who wears a hijab covered from head to toe, but she’s also a rapper who pounds her fist in the air demanding equality and justice. (Vocativ)

As global dependence on digital technology grows, brands explore how they can reach consumers better with more humanized technology, & Dubai startups train AI with ethical data to gain the trust of its users. (Euronews)

The World Health Organization identified fear and misinformation as one of the biggest challenges they face in battling COVID-19, experts in the field clarify the misconceptions and its effects on society. (Euronews)


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