Weekly Wrap-Up: September 01-05

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Announcing Mix N' Mentor Beirut!

Mix N Mentor Beirut at La MagnanerieThis week, we were especially thrilled to announce kicking off the second half of Wamda's Mix N' Mentor 2013 roadshow in Beirut on October 12. Find out about the new format, and book your tickets before they run out!

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LinkedIn reaches 1 million users in Saudi Arabia, plans expansion in the Kingdom

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How two Bahraini filmmakers launched their own studio to galvanise storytelling in the Arab world

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