Make the most of Spotify Free with these 5 features

Spotify offers over 3 billion playlists for every mood and moment, including a range of locally curated playlists, all available on the free tier.
Updated 27 March 2019
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Make the most of Spotify Free with these 5 features

Spotify launched across MENA in November with a fully Arabic user experience and over 3 billion playlists for every mood and moment, including a range of locally curated playlists, all available on the free tier.

Here are five “must-use” features on Spotify Free, as listed by the audio streaming platform:

1. Taste Onboarding 

After you first download and sign in to the free Spotify app, you will be prompted to choose five or more artists you like. This allows Spotify to learn about your favorite artists, songs and genres so it can recommend songs based on your music preferences. 

2. On-Demand Playlists 

Data from your streaming activity along with insights from your initial Taste Onboarding are used to offer access to 15 personalized and curated playlists particular to your music taste. On-Demand Playlists offer a broad mix of genres from “Today’s Top Arabic Hits” to “RapCaviar,” and allows the user to play songs in any order and skip as much as they like.

3. Assisted playlisting 

Making your own playlist? Just start with a title, and then choose a few tracks. Spotify will then start recommending songs for you to add to the playlist with the tap of a button. 

4. Data Saver

Some music fans may be concerned about mobile data costs or data availability in their country. Spotify’s Data Saver mode means that music streams at a lower bit rate so you can listen to more music with less worry. 

5. Like and hide

By using the “like” and “hide” buttons, you will get recommendations tailored just for you. All the songs, artists, albums and playlists that you “like” by tapping the heart icon will appear in a new playlist called “Your Favorites.” On the other hand, tapping the “hide” icon will ensure you do not have to hear that song or others similar to it.


Top CEO Conference & Awards wraps up in Bahrain

Updated 17 April 2019
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Top CEO Conference & Awards wraps up in Bahrain

The Top CEO Conference & Awards 2019, organized by TRENDS magazine — Mediaquest and international business school INSEAD, has concluded at the Al-Areen Palace and Spa in Bahrain. The event, held on Thursday, included seven key panel discussions under the theme “Growth in a Volatile Future” as well as the Top CEO Awards 2019 ceremony, which recognized the region’s most successful and trendsetting CEOs from more than 700 companies listed on GCC stock exchanges.

Top business leaders and more than 30 speakers from across the GCC shed light on the Middle East’s dynamic but volatile region and the burning issues facing the corporate world today. This year’s theme focused on a score of relevant issues, such as oil price fluctuations, tech disruptions, armed and political schisms that pose new risks, and opportunities. Speakers such as renowned economist Professor Nouriel Roubini provided growth solutions and road maps for businesses in the GCC region.

Alexandre Hawari, CEO of Mediaquest, said: “In its fifth edition, the Top CEO Conference & Awards fully encapsulated the theme of ‘Growth in a Volatile Future’ by acknowledging and exploring the growth transformation that the region is undergoing through digitalization and the fourth industrial revolution amid geopolitical tensions, looming trade wars and a rapidly evolving business environment. Building on the huge success of the previous years, the Top CEO Awards 2019 recognized CEOs and companies who have raised the bar by navigating challenges, implementing new strategies, and have demonstrated unquestionable growth, profitability and excellence in corporate governance.”

The conference kicked off with an opening keynote from Jassim Al-Seddiqi, CEO of the Abu Dhabi Financial Group and chairman of GFH Financial Group, who delved into the potential of transforming the region into a fintech hub and the importance of jumping on the digital bandwagon. 

The prime panel discussion on the “Future of Growth Amid Volatility” brought together five CEOs who explored methods to create future-proof strategies that can not only tackle challenges but also boost growth in a tough geopolitical and economic climate. 

Hisham Al-Rayes, CEO and board member of the GFH Financial Group, said: “Investing in the future in areas such as fintech, education and technology, the foundations for strong, enduring knowledge-based economies, is a priority for the group and the governments of the region in which we invest.”

“The Blockchain Opportunity” and “The Human Factor and Tech Innovation” panels brought together industry experts from Facebook, the Bahrain FinTech Bay and King Abdul Aziz University. 

“The Future of Women’s Business Leadership” panel discussed positive strides taken by GCC governments and businesses in leveling the playing field for women professionals.