Dubai Future Foundation and Haykal Media Launch Arabic Edition of Popular Science Magazine

Sunday, April 09, 2017

The Dubai Future Foundation is set to collaborate with Haykal Media to launch the Arabic edition of Popular Science magazine, a world-renowned monthly scientific publication founded in 1872.

His Excellency Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Managing Director of the Dubai Future Foundation, said: “Building the future requires a concerted effort from everyone, particularly from an empowered and knowledgeable young generation. Launching the Arabic edition of Popular Science magazine is a welcomed step in the right direction. The magazine simplifies complex scientific concepts in an effort to disseminate them among young Arabs and inspire them to direct their energy towards innovation and creativity.”

His Excellency continues: “Popular Science is one of the world’s leading scientific and technological publications and a valuable source of information on the latest breakthroughs. Launching the Arabic edition of the magazine adds to the UAE’s mission to spread knowledge. The initiative empowers individuals and engages them in the efforts to build the future, developing their skills and expertise to be effective and future-ready leaders.”

“The United Arab Emirates is inspired and motivated to spread knowledge and innovation to build a better future for the region. Saying that, today the initiative will empower the Arab youth and scientists with cutting edge scientific findings.”

Abdulsalam Haykal, Founder and Chairman of “Haykal Media”, publisher of Popular Science Arabia, stated: “By localizing the unique content of one of the oldest scientific journals in the world, we seek to provide the opportunity to Arab readers to access specialized, useful, and trustworthy content in their language. There is a hunger for knowledge in the Arab world, but there are few good quality sources available. Therefore, we see that there is a significant opportunity in investing in this sector over the medium and long-terms. There will also be wide-spanning and valuable impact on development and growth, through encouraging invention and scientific research, and in empowering youths to enter these fields.”

Haykal added that Popular Science Arabia magazine and website will contain original content from Arab researchers and scientists from the region’s best universities and research centers, in addition to translating the original magazine’s content. “We are proud to launch this project in the United Arab Emirates, the land of the new Arab renaissance,” Haykal concluded; “a land that has focused with determination on the future and on reinforcing the Arabic language at the same time. We have formed an exceptional partnership with the Dubai Future Foundation, and have found within them a clear vision in line with our own to enrich Arabic scientific content.”

“Popular Science has always been a publication of the world, and that becomes even more true now that there is an Arabic edition,” Eric Zinczenco, CEO of Bonnier Corporation, publisher of Popular Science stated. “We’re thrilled that more people will be able to read about the innovations and discoveries we highlight every day.”

Global Reputation and Media Popularity

Popular Science has been translated into 30 languages and distributed in 45 countries around the world, winning more than 58 international awards. In 2014, the number of copies sold in the US reached 1.3 million. Furthermore, the magazine attracts a large social media audience of 3.4 million followers on Facebook, one million on Twitter, and 19,800 on Instagram. Meanwhile, the magazine’s videos on YouTube were seen by 12 million viewers.

Global Scientists and Top-Notch Content

Since its original launch, the magazine has published articles from renowned scientists all around the world, including Charles Darwin, William James, Thomas Edison, and Michio Kaku. The magazine’s content features important topics in sectors of strategic importance and discusses the future of such fields as transportation, health, astronomy, renewable energy, water, education, technology, and the environment.

The first issue of the magazine will be distributed on April 16, 2017, alongside the launch of the website:

Ajman University Chancellor Karim Seghir appointed on the Advisory Board of Harvard Business Review Arabia

Dr. Karim Seghir, Chancellor of Ajman University (AU) has been appointed as a member of the advisory board of Harvard Business Review (HBR) Arabia.

For almost 30 years, AU has been a provider of quality education, deeply rooted in the Arab Culture and Traditions. It has amassed numerous renowned accolades and significantly contributed to producing, disseminating and developing impactful knowledge across the world but more specifically in the Arab region. The recent appointment of Chancellor Seghir on the Advisory Board of HBR Arabia will strengthen the role of AU in achieving its vision and mission.

The HBR Arabia seeks to improve the practice of management in the dynamic world and it truly influences how they operate and reflects upon their core values. HBR Arabia serves as a bridge between academia and enterprises around the globe through its publications and multiple platforms for content delivery, and its reach into three markets: academic, corporate, and individual managers. AU, since inception, has strived to break the barrier between the academia and the real-world thus giving the students a real life experience even before they have steeped in the evolving economic domain.

Karim Seghir stated, “It is a distinct honor for me to join the HBR Arabia’s Advisory Board. HBR Arabia has become an index of reference for the key stakeholders of the economy and is thereby shaping the future. The in-depth researches and cutting-edge trends have all contributed to the renowned positioning gained by HBR Arabia on the global map. I am positive that all members of AU will benefit from this enriching and stimulating source of knowledge and will actively participate to the achievement of HBR Arabia mission and vision.”

In the invitation letter, HBR Arabia expressed their confidence that Dr. Seghir’s expertise and experience as a business educator will “foster HBR Arabia’s ability to deliver the world’s best and most impactful management content in the Arabic language, hence enhancing economic growth in the Arab world.”

The full composition of the Advisory Board of HBR Arabia can be found at: