This week on Wamda was marked by mobile applications news from around the Arab World; starting with Turkey where Gram Games got $600,000 USD in investment, led by Hummingbird Ventures, to Saudi Arabia with the surprising success of a Harwil Ya Wahsh!, a new release by Na3m games, then Iran as two developers gamify a 1,000 year-old poem. You can also read about the latest citizen journalism initiative in Egypt, and learn more on how important strategic planning is to your startup. -Maya
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