Entrepreneurship in the Middle East

Ink Publications sent me from Beirut to Dubai and around Cairo meeting up with a series of successful entrepreneurs around the middle east. Some built apps and gadgets, others tried to re-think desert farming.

Hassane Slaibi of Band Industries helped create the Roadietuner in Beirut, Lebanon on June 19. A tool to tune your guitar quickly and accurately, and keep your strings fit with the built in health check.

(Photo by David Degner / INK Global)

Beirut Lebanon - June 18: Members of the company Visualizing Palestine work in their offices at the 961 co-work space in Beirut, Lebanon on June 18. Visualizing Palestine is the intersection of communication, social sciences, technology, design and urban studies for social justice. Visualizing Palestine uses creative visuals to describe a factual rights-based narrative of Palestine/Israel.

(Photo by David Degner / INK Global)

Beirut Lebanon - June 19:  Hassane Slaibi of Band Industries helped create the Roadietuner in Beirut, Lebanon on June 19. A tool to tune your guitar quickly and accurately, and keep your strings fit with the built in health check.

(Photo by David Degner / INK Global)

Beirut Lebanon - June 18: Members of the company Visualizing Palestine work in their offices at the 961 co-work space in Beirut, Lebanon on June 18. Visualizing Palestine is the intersection of communication, social sciences, technology, design and urban studies for social justice. Visualizing Palestine uses creative visuals to describe a factual rights-based narrative of Palestine/Israel.

(Photo by David Degner / INK Global)

Beirut Lebanon - June 19:  Lynn Bedran Fares and Alexandre Melet are two of the team creating Instabeat with Hind Hobeika in Beirut, Lebanon on June 19. Instabeat is the first waterproof heads-up monitor that tracks, stores, and displays instant feedback of your heart rate during your swim to optimize your training and allow you to achieve your peak performance.

(Photo by David Degner / INK Global)

Cairo Egypt - March 17: Ahmed Zahran of KarmSolar at one of their projects in the western desert outside Cairo, Egypt on March 17.

(Photo by David Degner / Saudi Aramco News)

Beirut Lebanon - June 19:  Hassane Slaibi of Band Industries helped create the Roadietuner in Beirut, Lebanon on June 19. A tool to tune your guitar quickly and accurately, and keep your strings fit with the built in health check.

Beirut Lebanon - June 18: Members of the company Visualizing Palestine work in their offices at the 961 co-work space in Beirut, Lebanon on June 18. Visualizing Palestine is the intersection of communication, social sciences, technology, design and urban studies for social justice. Visualizing Palestine uses creative visuals to describe a factual rights-based narrative of Palestine/Israel.

(Photo by David Degner / INK Global)

Beirut Lebanon - June 19:  Hassane Slaibi of Band Industries helped create the Roadietuner in Beirut, Lebanon on June 19. A tool to tune your guitar quickly and accurately, and keep your strings fit with the built in health check.

(Photo by David Degner / INK Global)

Beirut Lebanon - March 12: Hind Hobeika of Instabeat at the +961 co-work space in Beirut, Lebanon on March 12.

(Photo by David Degner / Saudi Aramco News)

Beirut Lebanon - March 12: Hind Hobeika of Instabeat at the +961 co-work space in Beirut, Lebanon on March 12.

(Photo by David Degner / Saudi Aramco News)

Beirut Lebanon - March 13: Hind Hobeika of Instabeat at the +961 co-work space in Beirut, Lebanon on March 13.

(Photo by David Degner / Saudi Aramco News)

Beirut Lebanon - June 18:  Ziad Abichakerhead of Cedar Environmental Co. in Beirut, Lebanon on June 18. One of the companies latest ventures is recycling glass that used to be thrown away.

(Photo by David Degner / INK Global)

Beirut Lebanon - March 15: Hind Hobeika of Instabeat at the +961 co-work space in Beirut, Lebanon on March 15.

(Photo by David Degner / Saudi Aramco News)

Cairo Egypt - March 17: Ahmed Zahran of KarmSolar at one of their projects in the western desert outside Cairo, Egypt on March 17.

(Photo by David Degner / Saudi Aramco News)

Cairo Egypt - March 17: Ahmed Zahran of KarmSolar at one of their projects in the western desert outside Cairo, Egypt on March 17.

(Photo by David Degner / Saudi Aramco News)

Beirut Lebanon - March 16: Hind Hobeika of Instabeat at the +961 co-work space in Beirut, Lebanon on March 16.

(Photo by David Degner / Saudi Aramco News)

Portrait of Ahmed Alfi, who is renovating the Greek Campus into a startup incubator in Cairo, Egypt on March 10.