Moey is an avid cinephile who anxiously enjoys art & tech, has left-arm palsy, 18 20 tattoos and 6 piercings, rocks a dad bod and probably tried every possible hairstyle before “balding”.

Dubai Lifts Veil on Debt, Showing It Owes Less Than Thought

Dubai made a rare foray into public bond markets, revealing along the way that its debt burden is now a lot smaller than estimated by analysts only months ago. A prospectus that accompanied Dubai’s planned offering of bonds and Islamic securities on Monday showed the government’s outstanding direct debt stood at 123.5 billion dirhams ($33.6Continue reading “Dubai Lifts Veil on Debt, Showing It Owes Less Than Thought”

Finally, the first under-display camera smartphone comes from ZTE

Here’s something: ZTE’s Axon 20 5G smartphone will be the first in the world with an under-display camera, launching Sept 1. Finally, we get one in a consumer device! And yet again it’s China: China-made devices tend to be first to bring new tech features and innovations to market.  It’s not necessarily because they’re farContinue reading “Finally, the first under-display camera smartphone comes from ZTE”

Instagram tweets about Reels and TikTok slaps them “harder than a father would”

Yep, in brief; Instagram tweeted this Hellooooo, Reels 🙌 Introducing a new way to create and discover short, entertaining videos on Instagram. Reels is rolling out today to more than 50 countries around the world. 🤳🤩🎥✨😂👀💯https://t.co/RfXDhYawSF pic.twitter.com/FjSGSpSGpn — Instagram (@instagram) August 5, 2020 So, TikTok – replied with this: brilliant. show stopping. totally unique. completelyContinue reading “Instagram tweets about Reels and TikTok slaps them “harder than a father would””

Expectations, promises and assumptions ahead of the next Samsung Galaxy Unpacked: August 5

It’s official: Samsung has announced its next Galaxy Unpacked event for August 5, at 6pm UAE time, a fully virtual and streamed event, of course, which will see a different approach to Samsung’s usual stadium-like events held in Brooklyn, New York City, and Berlin before that. What to expect: The big one will be the SamsungContinue reading “Expectations, promises and assumptions ahead of the next Samsung Galaxy Unpacked: August 5”

Instagram, you are not testing your features; you are testing our patience

So, Instagram are known for testing their features, but honestly the lack of care and acknowledgement of a reason that spends tons of money in advertising in a market that has the lowest organic engagement levels pisses me off, and many others. Features that are STILL activated not in the Middle East: Instagram Music: LaunchedContinue reading “Instagram, you are not testing your features; you are testing our patience”

Why the US is ‘very seriously’ looking at banning TikTok

TikTok is in the firing line, along with other Chinese social media apps, according to the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. In a TV cable news interview, Pompeo responded to remarks questioning if the US would ban TikTok, following TikTok being banned in India, and fresh discourse in Australian politics about similarly banning theContinue reading “Why the US is ‘very seriously’ looking at banning TikTok”

The Twitter hack

Twitter’s major security breach last night was both stunning for its success and its limited rewards seen thus far. What gives? The hack: The hack went through major crypto Twitter accounts before accounts from Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Apple, Uber, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West, Michael Bloomberg, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden, tweeted theContinue reading “The Twitter hack”

The best 2019 flagship Android phones that are still worth buying in 2020 in the UAE

2020 is shaping up to be a very mixed year for flagship phones, with impressive spec sheets and features coming at a major cost. Fortunately, there were loads of fantastic flagships launched last year that are still worth considering today! Here are the best 2019 flagship phones you should still consider buying in 2020 andContinue reading “The best 2019 flagship Android phones that are still worth buying in 2020 in the UAE”

“Order Food” via Instagram stickers now in the US, will that happen in MENA?

Yes, you can now order food for delivery or takeout through Instagram. The next time a restaurant posts a video of some lust-worthy food on Instagram, you may be able to have it delivered in a couple of clicks. The social media app has partnered with the ChowNow food ordering platform in the US to create anContinue reading ““Order Food” via Instagram stickers now in the US, will that happen in MENA?”

Apple App Store celebrates Ramadan and introduces the Arabic interface

Besides releasing the new iPhone SE (received it this Sunday morning) and expanding services to more countries in the MENA region; Apple just embraced Ramadan on the App Store with unique and differentiated experience during the day and at night. As the App Store officially supported the Arabic language since the release of iOS 13, this is the first Ramadan thatContinue reading “Apple App Store celebrates Ramadan and introduces the Arabic interface”

What happened to Universal Studios Dubai, Dubailand and the whole project in 2009?

Ever wondered about that structure of Six Flags and the unfinished operating Motor City? We all knew that Six Flags Dubai was officially cancelled. But what about the half-finished Motor City and the whole Dubailand project? That structure with the Dubailand sign removed and that biker flying in the air next to a space shuttle?Continue reading “What happened to Universal Studios Dubai, Dubailand and the whole project in 2009?”

Are you on Facebook Gaming?

Facebook’s dedicated streaming app is here. It might be a Twitch copycat. Basicallty, they joined Amazon’s Twitch, Google’s YouTube and Microsoft’s Mixer streaming services, and it’s been rushed out two months ahead of schedule to meet pandemic demands (or, perhaps, big tech’s need to do everything). Facebook Gaming is a dedicated mobile app now launched widelyContinue reading “Are you on Facebook Gaming?”

McDonald’s Fries is The Most Wanted on TikTok During Quarantine In Egypt

Yes, that title is correct. Since this virus took over our lives, some industries that depended on social gatherings are the ones that suffer the most, including the F&B industry. Why? People are forced to stay home and governments imposed curfews. Restaurants were affected negatively by this as a lot of them had either toContinue reading “McDonald’s Fries is The Most Wanted on TikTok During Quarantine In Egypt”

Instagram To Roll Out A Memorial Account Feature Because Of COVID-19 Deaths

Instagram is speeding up plans for a new account memorialization feature, adding a “Remembering” banner under a username to signal that a person has died. “We’ve been working on these updates for some time, though this is one — among others — that we’ve accelerated in light of COVID-19 to help support our community duringContinue reading “Instagram To Roll Out A Memorial Account Feature Because Of COVID-19 Deaths”

KitKat gets Lotus Biscoff in the UAE and the world goes… crazy!

Yes, the Biscoff craze made McDonald’s in some countries add it to McFlurry, and many restaurants to include it in milkshakes, desserts and more… Kitkat showed it some love too! The KitKat Mini Moments with Lotus Biscoff spread are just like little KitKat Chunky bars – except they have a hidden layer of delicious crunchyContinue reading “KitKat gets Lotus Biscoff in the UAE and the world goes… crazy!”

Tips to avoid burnout and how to cope with WFH stress of social distancing

Staying away from crowds — maintaining what’s known as “social distancing” — is the right move during this coronavirus outbreak. But it also could mean that we are disconnecting from our support systems where straying from our social routines can take its toll on our mental health. Stress can be particularly tough on people like meContinue reading “Tips to avoid burnout and how to cope with WFH stress of social distancing”

Zoom goes boom, in more ways than one

Zoom has become the darling of the working-from-home/lockdown world but that popularity is coming at a cost. I mentioned yesterday how there’s been rapid backlash against the company and people like Basecamp founder David Heinemeier Hansson (@DHH) have jumped way further, calling the organization “fundamentally corrupt.” The tech world has long used Zoom because it hasContinue reading “Zoom goes boom, in more ways than one”

Since Disney+ is now in the UK (and many of us can access it via VPN too), here are the best 12 Simpsons episodes you can watch (again)!

So in case you were not living in a bubble, you probably know that Disney bought 20th Century Fox a couple of years ago. That acquisition included one of the biggest non-Disney animation franchises: The Simpsons. Now, Disney+ the exclusive official streaming home for Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and the other characters who liveContinue reading “Since Disney+ is now in the UK (and many of us can access it via VPN too), here are the best 12 Simpsons episodes you can watch (again)!”

YouTube cuts SD quality by default worldwide to tame bandwidth surge

YouTube has announced that videos on the site will default to standard definition (SD) quality for the next month in order to cope with demand from the bored, housebound masses. Similar measures were undertaken by the company in Europe last week, and other big consumers of bandwidth are likewise taking steps to minimize their impact.Continue reading “YouTube cuts SD quality by default worldwide to tame bandwidth surge”

YouTube & Netflix cut video quality in Europe… are we next?

Coming to you soon: lower quality everything? Reuters reports YouTube is dropping the quality of its videos in Europe, just as Netflix did overnight, after a request from EU industry chief Thierry Breton. Breton initially urged streaming platforms to cut the quality of their videos to prevent internet issues, and the reports are that heContinue reading “YouTube & Netflix cut video quality in Europe… are we next?”

With Many Countries Under Quarantine, People Turn to Livestreams and Shopping

Key insights: Traffic to Alibaba’s Taobao Live streaming platform has more than doubled. Viewers are asking livestreamers to visit restaurants to watch them eat. People are looking to stay fit at home and buying exercise equipment. As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, people in China are enduring what The New Yorker described as “the largest quarantine in humanContinue reading “With Many Countries Under Quarantine, People Turn to Livestreams and Shopping”

007’s No Time To Die, Postponed after COVID-19 fear takes over Hollywood

The film now will be released in the U.K. on November 12, 2020 with worldwide release dates to follow, including the US launch on November 25, 2020. Such a disappointment to fans, since Cinemas are the only outing we kind of have besides bars and restaurants with everything else getting cancelled from concerts, conferences andContinue reading “007’s No Time To Die, Postponed after COVID-19 fear takes over Hollywood”

Twitter introduces ‘Fleets,’ its take on Instagram stories

Twitter’s take on Instagram stories or Snapchat snaps: Fleets can’t be retweeted, don’t have “likes,” and responses show up as direct messages to the original tweeter, not in public (Daily Dot). I gotta say Fleets is a great name for a new ephemeral content form. The social media site has rolled the feature out toContinue reading “Twitter introduces ‘Fleets,’ its take on Instagram stories”

Disney & Pixar’s “Onward” Gets Banned in Kuwait, Oman, Qatar & Saudi Arabia, Censored in Russia over LGBTQ Character

Disney’s and Pixar’s Onward is sure to be a big hit for both studios, but some major character changes will be visible depending on where you watch the film. UPDATE: As of Thursday, March 5th – both Qatar & Oman banned the film as well. And UAE airs it as is. According to CinemaBlend, some RussianContinue reading “Disney & Pixar’s “Onward” Gets Banned in Kuwait, Oman, Qatar & Saudi Arabia, Censored in Russia over LGBTQ Character”

Every event is getting cancelled in the UAE, but will that stop the COVID-19 virus from spreading?

Today, in a series of cancelled events. The famous Ultra Festival in Abu Dhabi was cancelled. Hopefully the MEFCC is not. Which should be the right thing. Event organisers are cancelling the events, claiming “safety & security first” – but it is bigger than this, it is sales. The events aren’t selling at all. PeopleContinue reading “Every event is getting cancelled in the UAE, but will that stop the COVID-19 virus from spreading?”

The Middle East’s first plant-based water bottle launched, so what?

It means a lot. One of the region’s favourite water brands, “Al Ain” just released their low sodium Plant Bottle variant, making it the region’s first plant-based water bottle. The difference here is that the new bottle is made from 100% plant based sources, making it environmentally friendly. So what? The newly-launched water bottle servesContinue reading “The Middle East’s first plant-based water bottle launched, so what?”

Apple might owe you $25 for the iPhone slowdown

Apple has agreed to pay up to $500 million to settle a long-running class-action lawsuit in the US that accused the company of “secretly” throttling older iPhone models.  First reported by Reuters, Apple maintains it hasn’t done any legal wrongdoing in agreeing to the settlement. You can read the settlement on Scribd, thanks to MacRumors. While awaitingContinue reading “Apple might owe you $25 for the iPhone slowdown”

Reaching out to the Chinese customers in MENA through WeChat

So, just to give a quick-background: WeChat was launched in China in 2011 and is often considered to be the benchmark for mobile messaging apps. It offers users an innovative, mobile lifestyle and business hub and its ease and convenience has led to its exponential growth and driven the trend for mobile payment. A pioneerContinue reading “Reaching out to the Chinese customers in MENA through WeChat”

How much of an Award-bate is the last Burger King mouldy Whopper going for?

What “grinds my gears” about the latest Burger King mouldy Whopper ad is the following: 1) Working in the advertising industry for a competitor brand for years, enabled me to know so much about both brands and their competitors, and know their strategy, visual style and know how decorate and shoot an uncooked/inedible burger thatContinue reading “How much of an Award-bate is the last Burger King mouldy Whopper going for?”

How-To Survive A Deadly Global Virus: Visual Guide With A Style & Twist

“How-To Survive A Deadly Global Virus” is a project by Max Siedentopf, a Namibian-German visual artist, and inspired by masks found on social media during the Corona Virus outbreak where people shared photos of alternative solutions to the conventional air mask. Since the virus is currently spreading globally, the series offers handy solutions how youContinue reading “How-To Survive A Deadly Global Virus: Visual Guide With A Style & Twist”

Apple jumps on web trends

In a rare move from the brand, Apple has intercepted the product images on its homepage to feature cameos from gaming characters, including some from the Apple Arcade service jumping on the Microinteractions & Minigames trend of web-designs of 2019. Taking a step further and adding a touch of humour and playfulness, find mini-games are aContinue reading “Apple jumps on web trends”

New emojis are coming, but are the blobs staying?

Last week, the internet exploded with news about Unicode Emoji 13.0 adding 62 different emoji to our lives. It includes such selections as bubble tea, people holding babies, and my personal favorite, the Arabic “Wait habibi, I’ll show you” hand sign. This is great news. I, for one, am a hardcore emoji user, frequenting selections likeContinue reading “New emojis are coming, but are the blobs staying?”

Being in the game

The rejection messages, meets, texts, calls and emails are part of the game. No boxer likes getting punched, but he knows it’s going to happen. It hurts, but he doesn’t give up. He takes the hit, gets back up and moves on with the fight, giving it his all until he finally succeeds. Rejection meansContinue reading “Being in the game”

I must do this now…

Well, I used to blog back in 2003, then I stopped in 2013 and here I go trying again. I have been building websites since Geocities ever existed back in 1994, creating content since Facebook Groups started in 2007, designing social media campaigns/apps before they went mainstream and online moderating mIRC channels for a very long time. Often referredContinue reading “I must do this now…”

Bye Mullenlowe

“All good things come to an end”. My journey at MullenLowe MENA in Dubai ends in the next 2 weeks, completing 10 months of what consisted of many experiences, like any place. I’ve met great clients, great talents and for that, I’m thankful but it’s time to go. Looking forward my next journey in 2020.