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Tour of Duty: George Horan

Tour of Duty: George Horan

One of the three Irishmen instrumental in creating Dubai Duty Free and building it into an international behemoth retired last week, ending a 33-year association with the airport retailer. George Horan tells Arabian Business that despite recent challenges he expects the company to grow by another whopping 50 percent in a few years

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Chasing MENA’s first unicorn

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McDonald's generates over $6m in sales every day in the MidEast. Yousef Abdulghani outlines his plan to increase it by 60% by 2020

McDonald's generates over $6m in sales every day in the MidEast. Yousef Abdulghani outlines his plan to increase it by 60% by 2020

The iconic American fast food chain is rolling out its strategy to reach $3.5 billion in revenue, 1,700 restaurants and 100,000 staff across the region by the end of the decade

Cool customer: entrepreneur Tarek Al Emam

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Sole man: TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie

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The detail of retail: Ishwar Chugani

The detail of retail: Ishwar Chugani

The Middle East head of Asian clothing giant Giordano, Ishwar Chugani, explains why his stores never discount and his target for 300 outlets in three years

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Interview: Majid Al Futtaim chief Alain Bejjani

Six months into his tenure as head of Majid Al Futtaim, the Gulf’s biggest shopping mall developer, Alain Bejjani is on track to double the size of the company in just five years

Food for thought: Mezzan CEO Garry Walsh

Food for thought: Mezzan CEO Garry Walsh

Mezzan Holding’s stellar debut on the Kuwait Stock Exchange earlier this month put the spotlight on a company that has so far let its brands do the talking. Chief executive Garry Walsh charts the rise and rise of one of Kuwait’s fastest-growing players...

The One and only Thomas Lundgren

The One and only Thomas Lundgren

Swedish retailing tycoon Thomas Lundgren opened his first UAE store 19 years ago, and in the intervening period THE One has become a household name. But the master of reinvention is at it again with his latest furniture concept

Golden opportunity: Dubai businessman Firoz Merchant on why he is spending nearly $1m rescuing thousands of debtors from UAE prisons

Golden opportunity: Dubai businessman Firoz Merchant on why he is spending nearly $1m rescuing thousands of debtors from UAE prisons

The self-made millionaire and founder of Pure Gold Group arrived in Dubai in the 1980s and now sees it as his duty to help out his fellow Asian expats who have run into trouble

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