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Taking the plunge: Shehab Gargash on getting ready to go public

Taking the plunge: Shehab Gargash on getting ready to go public

After a six-year wait, Daman Investments is set to launch an IPO in the first quarter of 2015. It's chairman and founder speaks out about the volatility on local stock markets, the Arabtec fiasco and recent ‘greenfield’ listings

What ex-Emirates NBD chief Rick Pudner did next

What ex-Emirates NBD chief Rick Pudner did next

Rick Pudner was one of the most high-profile bankers and expats in the UAE before he quit as Group CEO of Emirates NBD, Dubai’s biggest bank. Now he’s back and looking to launch a whole new financial model.

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Focus: Why youth unemployment is an even bigger threat to the region than ISIL

Focus: Why youth unemployment is an even bigger threat to the region than ISIL

Mohammed Mahfoodh Al Ardhi got his early training as a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force of Oman and recently was unveiled as the new executive chairman of Bahrain-based investment firm Investcorp

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Time to do away with credit cards and cash?

Time to do away with credit cards and cash?

You may not know much about Network International, but its name is on nearly every receipt issued in the UAE. Chief executive Bhairav Trivedi explains how we may pay for goods and services in the future.

RAK and roll: Rino Sabatino

RAK and roll: Rino Sabatino

After a quiet couple of years, the Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority (RAKIA) is back on the expansion trail. Rino Sabatino, who took on the top job at RAKIA at the beginning of 2014, says he’s aiming to host 10,000 companies in the emirate by the end...

Fast and Furious: Jassim Alseddiqi

Fast and Furious: Jassim Alseddiqi

In just four short years, Abu Dhabi Financial Group has revolutionised the approach to alternative investment in the Gulf. Chief executive Jassim Alseddiqi explains how he has managed to capture investors from Singapore and the UK, how he has achieved...

The insider: Sameer Al Ansari

The insider: Sameer Al Ansari

Sameer Al Ansari is one of few people to have seen the rise, fall and rebirth of Dubai from an insider’s perspective. In an exclusive interview, the former head of Dubai International Capital describes how the crash happened and whether anything has really...

French resistance: Jean-Claude Trichet

French resistance: Jean-Claude Trichet

France’s Jean-Claude Trichet is one of Europe’s most experienced bankers, having led the European Central Bank through the midst of the financial crisis from 2003 to 2011. While he doesn’t believe we are out of the worst of it yet, he is quick to defend...

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Smashing the glass ceiling: Jean Stephens

Smashing the glass ceiling: Jean Stephens

Going beyond even her own wildest dreams, Jean Stephens has been at the helm of a global network of audit, tax and advisory firms that has more than doubled while in her hands. So what does the first female CEO of RSM International think of women reaching...

JP Morgan: through thick and thin

JP Morgan: through thick and thin

American banking giant JP Morgan has faced some recent record-breaking fines and headline-grabbing scandals, but Jonathan Conner, the Middle East head of its private banking division, explains why he’s not worried about losing the trust of his high net...

Q&A: Dubai Islamic Bank

Q&A: Dubai Islamic Bank

We quizzed CEO of Dubai Islamic Bank, Dr Adnan Chilwan, on the developing relationship between banks and small businesses and how DIB is helping new ventures get off the ground

Realty check: Dr Anas Kozbari

Realty check: Dr Anas Kozbari

In a rare interview, Dr Anas Kozbari, the chief executive of Invest Group Overseas, explains why his firm is back investing in the Dubai market, and his plans to expand both abroad and at home


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