Megha Merani is an independent journalist with more than a decade of newspaper, magazine and web reporting experience in the United Arab Emirates, writing hard news, features and opinion pieces that have made local and global headlines.
Her work has been published across Reuters, Zawya, Arab News, Arabian Business, MEED, Bloomberg Middle East, Entrepreneur Middle East, The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, Salaam Gateway, Citizen K, Accelerate SME, Dubai Chamber's Dubai Startup Hub, CEO Middle East, Gulf News, tabloid!, Friday, former local daily 7DAYS, market intelligence portals, and government publications including editorial for the World Government Summit and the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils.
She reports across a wide range of topics including breaking news, business, technology, entrepreneurship, construction, tax, motoring, entertainment, education, migrant labour issues and human interest pieces.
Megha holds a Bachelor's in Information Technology from York University, Canada. Her experience before she ventured into journalism included roles in UI design, process reengineering, ERP implementations and database development. Her background led her to become a regular commentator on the sector through her weekly column Tech Talk, published in 7DAYS. She was the first newspaper journalist from the region invited by Apple to cover its keynote events in San Francisco.
In 2018, she won a grant from the Thomson Reuters Foundation and The Global Initiative Against Organized Crime funded by the government of Norway to report on the online trade in illegal wildlife.
In 2019, she won First Place for her business pitch and earned a $25,000 grant from Startup Sharjah - an initiative aimed at building digital content and publishing industry ventures - backed by the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center, an incubator for startups. She is currently working on bringing her idea to life.
Got a story? Write to her at megha.merani [at] gmail.com