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Ushering in a new world order in the MENA satellite industry

Young Arab leaders come forward to take the satellite industry to the next level.

Our cover story this month was meant to be a special treat for CABSAT 2020, and although a little microbe has played havoc with global plans, it still takes nothing away from the fantastic journey of Reema Omari, a young Jordanian entrepreneur who came to Dubai several years ago as a university graduate and now leads Universal Satcom, a satellite solutions provider, as its CEO and founder.

In these tough times, we are delighted to bring you a story that is inspirational on several levels. Firstly, in an industry that has traditionally been a male bastion, Omari is an exceptional Arab woman who heads a satellite company. Secondly, what makes her unique is that she identified connectivity challenges in conflict-ridden countries in the Arab world and moved quickly to address this with good, robust solutions that have made her an instant hit in the market.

Thirdly, Omari doesn’t do anything by half measures. So when she decided to launch services in Yemen, for instance, she invested in a whole beam from Arabsat last year. And now she is aiming to do the same in Libya, where businesses are plagued by connectivity issues. Universal Satcom now has partnerships with several international manufacturers and is well respected in the regional market as a worthy player.

But this issue is not just about young Arab women. It is also about young Arab men, and we cover four UAE youth who have all moved into senior leadership positions at Yahsat to take the company to its next stage of growth. Again, these four people were brought in because they excelled where others didn’t, and they bring some unique skills to the table. While you stay at home, I urge you to read more about the future entrepreneurs of the Arab world. Stay safe, stay at home!