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Unleashing MENA’s entrepreneurial spirit

Unleashing MENA’s entrepreneurial spirit

A quartet of finance and law experts discussed how the region’s entrepreneurs could blossom, focusing on the continuing issue of access to funding, and how to increase the amount of venture capital being invested

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Safe as houses: Emirates REIT's Sylvain Vieujot

Safe as houses: Emirates REIT's Sylvain Vieujot

A year after the Emirates REIT initial public offering, executive deputy chairman Sylvain Vieujot says that potential headwinds in the Dubai property market bring more opportunities than challenges

Loan Ranger: Emirates NBD's Shayne Nelson

Loan Ranger: Emirates NBD's Shayne Nelson

A year after taking over as chief executive of local banking giant Emirates NBD, Australia’s Shayne Nelson says he’s ready to take the lender into the next era.

Bob Geldof, the African knight

Bob Geldof, the African knight

Outspoken Irish musician and charity campaigner Sir Bob Geldof reveals how Dubai was the unlikely catalyst for the initial success of Live Aid and why he is leading a $250m private equity fund into Africa, “the safest zone to be in” right now

EFG Hermes: How patience turns to profit

EFG Hermes: How patience turns to profit

Operating through four years of political and economic turmoil in Egypt took its toll on EFG-Hermes, but the investment banking firm - one of the region’s largest, with operations in eight Arab countries - has risen from the instability and a period of...

Exclusive: Bahrain's Arcapita to close several billion dollar deals in the coming weeks

Exclusive: Bahrain's Arcapita to close several billion dollar deals in the coming weeks

The Islamic investment firm faced Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2012, but as it moves forward it has big plans afoot. CEO Atif Abdulmalik outlines its strategy and explains how he has been able to turn the business around.

Banking on peace: Bank of Palestine's Hashim Shawa

Banking on peace: Bank of Palestine's Hashim Shawa

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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?

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...

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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...


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Growing on instinct
From underwater mining to luxury yachts, Mohammed Al Barwani has interests in a staggering range of industries. The chairman of MB Holding explains how he built the firm from scratch to become a billion-dollar player.

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