Tariq Thabet, a Palestinian with an MBA from Michigan University, and a Blockchain expert, was killed in Gaza along with 16 members of his family. Thabet spent his career helping the youth and startups of Gaza scale and grow. He led projects and programs funded by different donors such as welfare association, USAID, World Bank, UNRWA, IDB, Kuwait Fund, Arab Fund, AMF, Danida, and Oxfam. He also worked with Gaza Sky Geeks Code Academy

For more than 12 years he implemented multi-sectorial projects in international humanitarian and development organizations, and business incubators. Prior to his death, he was working in Gaza with RampRate an Impact-Focused Organizations that offers blockchain solutions and decentralized Governance contracts.

As a software project manager at RampRate, he facilitated consulting engagements for projects in AI Blockchain and DAOs. RampRate, served enterprises looking to reduce cost, risk, time, and the carbon footprint of their IT supply chains.

Tareq is also remembered fondly by Tey El Rjula, Founder and CEO of Fluus, “I am very saddened by the loss of Tariq and 16 members of his family in a bomb shelling in Gaza by Israeli army. Tariq was a key initiator of tech startups in Palestine and worked on various blockchain projects.”

He adds, “It’s a loss for the tech community in Gaza!”

The Fluus cash out location in Gaza at Al Baaraasi Currency Exchange was bombed, yet Fluus Pay continues to offer International NGOs and reporters service in Khan Younes and Rafah.

A week prior another colleague of Tariq was killed in Gaza along with her family in an airstrike. Mai Ubeid an entrepreneur a leader at Gaza Sky Geeks Code Academy and  a tech talent lost her life like so many thousand others in Gaza.

As per Fadi Ghandour, Managing Partner at Wamda Capital in a LinkedIn post,”Mai was one of the greatest success stories from the Gaza Sky Geeks Code Academy. Despite the fact that our interactions were numbered, she’s one of the Gazan’s that has left the greatest impression on me:”

At a young age Mai was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy and has been wheelchair bound ever since. In spite of this Mai and her family refused to accept this as a limitation to her potential, so together they fought for her to realize her dreams.

Mai was destined to have a career in STEM. After graduating from the GSG Code Academy she went on to complete an internship with Google for Startups before landing a job with the UNICC / UNRWA. She was their youngest ever hire for the tech team!

How many more senseless deaths have to occur, how many more great educated wonderful human beings need to die, before the world calls out in one voice, STOP!

The TRIPLE A January 2023 crypto ownership country report noted that the number of cryptocurrency users has increased since January 2022. In January 2023 there were 420 million crypto owners globally; this is up from their previous report in January 2022 where they had stated there were 300 million crypto owners globally. In the Arab world biggest growth was seen in Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, and even Iraq. 

More interesting is that if we compare the percentage of crypto owners in the Arab world between January 2022 and January 2023 in some countries the increase is exponential.

For example in Jan 2022 2.38% of Moroccan population owned crypto, by January 2023 this number had increased to 4.9% an increase of more than 2% in one year. The same goes for Egypt, Tunisia, and Lebanon were the increase was also significant.

CountryJan 2022 Crypto Ownership %Jan 2023 crypto ownership %Crypto Ownership Population 2023
Morocco2.384.91,794,827
Saudi Arabia1.31.6592,351
Egypt1.7533,098,736
UAE1.54NANA
Jordan1.271.5170,649
Kuwait1.12NANA
Tunisia1.042.0241,098
Lebanon12.4185,704
Bahrain0.90.916,802
Qatar0.90.924,608
Oman0.9NA 
Iraq0.91.8700,935
PalestineNA2.3326,851
AlgeriaNA2.21,016,105
TurkeyNA5.54,626,523

In another recent CoinGecko report, Lebanon placed first in the rankings as the country most interested in AI crypto, scoring the highest of 100 for almost all the search terms, resulting in a total score of 1,200. The 21.6% share in AI crypto search interest suggests that the Lebanese crypto community is keen to trade on trends like the pumping prices of AI tokens. Other Arab countries curious about crypto AI included UAE, followed by Kuwait and Qatar.

One can also go back to Chainalysis report in October 2022, where Middle East & North Africa (MENA) was the fastest growing region. MENA-based users received $566 billion in cryptocurrency from July 2021 to June 2022, 48% more than they received the year prior. The top three countries at that time were Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon and Turkey. This is once again mirrored in the stats showcased in this article.