IT'S HARD TO SAY GOOD­BYE

Arabnet - The Quarterly - - Letter From The Editor - Lara Chaaya Man­ag­ing Editor @Chaay­alara

Here it is— my last is­sue as Man­ag­ing Editor. And, even though say­ing good­bye is hard, I part ways with even greater en­thu­si­asm for The Quar­terly and its po­ten­tial than when I started work­ing on the first edi­tion back in March 2014.

The mag­a­zine, of course, would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the hard work of our team. We've had our fair share of bumps in the road, but the jour­ney was also filled with the most re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. I am grate­ful to ev­ery mem­ber who con­trib­uted in mak­ing our mag­a­zine thrive. I want to thank our Fea­tures Editor for burn­ing the mid­night oil. Alexis, you're a rock­star! I want to thank our en­er­getic de­sign team for their great work de­spite in­cred­i­bly tight dead­lines and last-minute sub­mis­sions. I also want to thank Miled for his re­lent­less ef­forts to ease ten­sion when we are un­der pres­sure, Mo­ham­mad for his pa­tience, and Racha for her valu­able sup­port.

I par­tic­u­larly want to thank our CEO, Omar Chris­tidis, for be­ing an amaz­ing men­tor and an in­spi­ra­tional leader. The Quar­terly wouldn't be what it is with­out his guid­ance, vi­sion, and men­tor­ship.

And to you: our read­ers! Thank you for your thirst for pre­mium con­tent. If it weren't for you, we wouldn't have toiled over ev­ery ar­ti­cle to make sure it is for­ward think­ing and has real added value. We hope you en­joyed the in­sights we pro­vided.

Over the past two years, The Quar­terly has ex­plored how dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy has changed the way dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries op­er­ate. We have seen the im­pact of mo­bile on the retail busi­ness and how tra­di­tional busi­nesses—like news­pa­pers and brick-and-mor­tar stores—mi­grated to the on­line space. We dis­cussed the au­to­ma­tion of ad­ver­tis­ing and the dis­rup­tive power of fin­tech so­lu­tions. In the last is­sue, we in­ves­ti­gated how in­dus­trial busi­nesses are us­ing big data for op­ti­miza­tion. And, in this is­sue, we talk about the dig­i­ti­za­tion of the class­rooms. It is quite in­cred­i­ble to wit­ness the tra­di­tional meth­ods of teach­ing, which have been re­sis­tant to change for over a cen­tury, slowly dis­solv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of tech­nol­ogy. Flip to pages 34 and 39 for more on the topic.

En­joy the Spring is­sue.

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