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Interview: Adidas CEO Herbert Hainer on World Cup 2014

Interview: Adidas CEO Herbert Hainer on World Cup 2014

German sportswear giant to sell more than 14 million Brazuca balls

Top of the pops: PepsiCo's Omar Farid

Top of the pops: PepsiCo's Omar Farid

While the Middle East and Africa is one of PepsiCo’s strongest markets globally, regional boss Omar Farid still has his hands full as he works to roll out a series of new products

Mall beginnings: Kareem Shamma

Mall beginnings: Kareem Shamma

By far the largest shopping centre currently under development in Qatar, Doha Festival City is likely to become the country’s first true ‘destination mall’. Kareem Shamma, chief executive of the centre, says the retail market is hotting up nicely

Interview: Axiom Telecom CEO Faisal Al Bannai

Interview: Axiom Telecom CEO Faisal Al Bannai

For Faisal Al Bannai, CEO of Axiom Telecom, adaptability is key to success in a rapidly changing mobile phone sector

Ronaldo Mouchawar: How I created Souq.com

Ronaldo Mouchawar: How I created Souq.com

Meet Ronaldo Mouchawar, who runs the Middle East’s biggest home-grown website. With Souq.com expanding tenfold over the last two years alone, what does the all-conquering e-commerce giant have in store for the future?

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Interview: Saudi Arabia's Sheikh Abdul Mohsen Al Hokair

Interview: Saudi Arabia's Sheikh Abdul Mohsen Al Hokair

Dubbed ‘the sheikh of Gulf tourism’, Abdul Mohsen Al Hokair has been running hotels and entertainment centres for nearly half a century. In an exclusive interview, the owner of the Al Hokair Group says the firm is ratcheting up its expansion plan in light...

Interview: Palmon's Meher Mirchandani, Chirag Lahori

Interview: Palmon's Meher Mirchandani, Chirag Lahori

One of the UAE’s longest-serving family firms is shifting management to a new generation. Meher Mirchandani and Chirag Lahori talk candidly about their vision for the Palmon Group

Tech talker: Jumbo chief Vishesh Bhatia

Tech talker: Jumbo chief Vishesh Bhatia

Jumbo is one of the UAE’s oldest home-grown brands. Despite its fortunes being linked closely to that of its suppliers, new chief executive Vishesh Bhatia says he has a plan to take the firm into the next decade

Mini Exchange makes big impression

Mini Exchange makes big impression

Sarah Appleton explains why she devised kids’ clothing website Mini Exchange, and how she hopes to help parents solve a long-standing problem

Interview: Masafi CEO Reginald Randall

Interview: Masafi CEO Reginald Randall

Masafi was hit hard by a government ban on exports of ground-sourced water last year. But the CEO of the home-grown brand says the move won’t stop its expansion plans

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Home away from home: Comptoir 102 interview

Home away from home: Comptoir 102 interview

Founders of lifestyle destination Comptoir 102, Emma Sawko and Alexandra De Montaudouin, talk about their chic café and shop

The real deal: Interview with Paul Kenny

The real deal: Interview with Paul Kenny

Paul Kenny found start-up success with daily deals website Cobone.com. He talks about his e-commerce journey, his new travel venture, and what the future holds

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