The field of strategic planning and future building is transforming Dubai due to Dubai Future Accelerators, which has been launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai. It's definitely shaping the country's future. 

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Investment in technology and innovation in the online financial services sector is now essential in the Middle East, according to research on digital use and e-commerce in the region conducted by Hootsuite and We Are Social. The findings show that in the UAE, 62 percent of people bought something online in the last month, a 25 percent year on year rise, and 47 percent of people made a purchase using their mobile in that period.

Read more: Middle East e-commerce set to triple in value by 2020, research shows

Iron Mountain Incorporated, a specialist in storage and information management services, has acquired a controlling stake in Endless Document Storage Services LLC. The acquisition is in line with Iron Mountain's strategy to expand its presence in fast-growing international markets by investing in well-established local or regional businesses that can provide similar services and have a similar business ethos.

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Etiya, the software vendor for catalogue-driven B/OSS for digital and communications service providers, has grown this past year into Etiya International in order to boost its worldwide reach. The company, established in 2004, is the largest and fastest growing software company in Turkey, and is taking a worldwide approach to meeting global demand for its services, led by its charismatic chief executive, Chun-Ling Woon. Telecom Review caught up with Mr. Woon at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona to discuss the company's international growth.

Read more: Etiya International continues to expand as a leader in telco CRM

Vidsys, the leading global software technology manufacturer of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) and Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) software, announced that neXgen Group, a leading smart city advisory and managed services provider based in the UAE, will be offering Smart Safety & Security as a service leveraging Vidsys' CSIM multi-tenant cloud-based solution.

Read more: neXgen Group Launches Vidsys CSIM platform for Smart Cities

Mahindra Comviva is showcasing at MWC 2016 under the theme 'Window To The Future'. Announced as the new vice president and market unit head for the Middle East and North Africa for Mahindra Comviva in November 2015, Kaustubh Kashyap caught up with Telecom Review to discuss the latest plans and solutions and what the future holds for the mobility solutions provider.

Read more: Mahindra Comviva makes footprints in the MEA region

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