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"He was my hero," Ayman Hariri on his late father

In a rare interview, Ayman Hariri reveals the raw grief he still experiences 12 years after the assassination of his father, former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, and the lessons he learnt that have inspired him to take on formidable social media giants.

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Why did I lose? Reflections of a former UK chancellor

Why did I lose? Reflections of a former UK chancellor

Former British chancellor and touted prime ministerial candidate, George Osborne is using his newfound time on the backbench to research why the ‘Remain’ campaign lost the Brexit vote amid a wave of populist nationalism

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Behzad Golkar: Making the case for investing in Iranian capital markets

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Can Abu Dhabi's new financial free zone compete?

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Middle Eastern governments don't care about entrepreneurs, says Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi

Middle Eastern governments don't care about entrepreneurs, says Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi

Having blazed a trail for a new breed of tech-savvy art collectors in the Middle East, Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi is celebrating the sixth anniversary of The Barjeel Art Foundation this month. He talks with StartUp about social media, Arab artists, family...

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Emirati lawyer Essam Al Tamimi explains why much of the UAE’s legislation, which is nearly half-a-century old, is in need of revision

Emirati lawyer Essam Al Tamimi explains why much of the UAE’s legislation, which is nearly half-a-century old, is in need of revision

The founder of the largest law firm in the Middle East is working to refresh antiquated laws and build up the indigenous legal workforce in the UAE to ensure the country remains a strong centre for domestic and international business

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Dubai's Princess Haya on the real reasons behind the rising cost of modern healthcare

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