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Smooth operator: Virgin Mobile's Mikkel Vinter

Smooth operator: Virgin Mobile's Mikkel Vinter

Not everyone in the Middle East welcomes privately-owned telecom operators and perhaps for good reason: in eight years, Virgin Mobile has acquired 2 million customers in just three Arab countries. The man responsible, Mikkel Vinter, reveals his expansion strategy, IPO plans and why the telco will remain “the biggest gorilla in the forest”

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From bricks to clicks: Rashid and Salama Alabbar

From bricks to clicks: Rashid and Salama Alabbar

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The secret of Deliveroo’s rapid growth

The secret of Deliveroo’s rapid growth

How has William Shu, founder of Deliveroo, a rare European tech start-up unicorn, conquered the world’s crowded e-cuisine market? Following his short visit to Dubai last month, the Morgan Stanley high-flyer turned entrepreneur talks about food, passion...

Taka solutions on pay-as-you-save model for energy efficiency

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Chasing MENA’s first unicorn

Chasing MENA’s first unicorn

The pioneers of the region’s e-commerce market talk about their beginnings, how they value their businesses and if there is a unicorn company among them.

Cybercrime warrior: Symantec's Michael Brown

Cybercrime warrior: Symantec's Michael Brown

Using the internet is a risk most businesses and individuals take for granted. But as more data is stored online, the world is becoming ever more vulnerable, the head of global internet security firm Symantec, Michael Brown, says

The world according to billionaire Mo Ibrahim

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As the founder of the world’s richest cash prize, Sudanese billionaire businessman and philanthropist Mo Ibrahim is unapologetically striving to solve Africa’s governance crisis and clean up business globally — including in the Middle East

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Satya Nadella: the Indian tech geek who has brought Microsoft back to life

Satya Nadella: the Indian tech geek who has brought Microsoft back to life

The world’s largest software company’s comeback under CEO Satya Nadella has turned heads in the industry, as Microsoft changes the rules with its cross-platform systems, cloud computing dominance and the surprise release of its first ever laptop. The...

Clean break: why a Citigroup investment banker quit to launch a high-tech laundry service in Dubai

Clean break: why a Citigroup investment banker quit to launch a high-tech laundry service in Dubai

Bader Al Kalooti, the founder of Laundrybox, explains how his high-tech luxury lockers inspired him to upgrade his Dubai-born business into a new concept – MyBox

Fetchr: the app that really delivers the goods

Fetchr: the app that really delivers the goods

Joy Ajlouny and Idriss Al Rifai – founders of delivery app, Fetchr – explain why their start-up is redefining an industry that hasn’t changed for 100 years, and suggest what Dubai needs to do for it to become a global hub for technology

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Steadying the ship: Rami Rahim

Steadying the ship: Rami Rahim

In his 19 years at Juniper Networks, Rami Rahim has seen a start-up grow to become an $11bn Silicon Valley giant. After taking over as CEO during a tough period for the firm, his results are starting to speak for themselves

On Call: Etisalat and SMEs

On Call: Etisalat and SMEs

A good business needs a good set-up. John Lincoln, senior VP for small and medium businesses at Etisalat, explains how the UAE’s largest telco is helping small businesses bloom.

How Karl Naim Xchanged careers

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