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Last Updated: Mon, Nov 24 2014 | 10:32 AM |
The new space race: Beating Branson with balloons
Technology»

The new space race: Beating Branson with balloons

Monday, 24 November 2014 10:02 AM

Six years and four deaths after Virgin Galactic claimed it was close to taking tourists into space on rocket-propelled spaceships, the company founded by Sir Richard Branson and backed by Abu Dhabi is at risk of being surpassed by helium balloons. One of the frontrunners in the new space race reveals why.

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BMW intent on staying number one in the Middle East
Transport»

BMW intent on staying number one in the Middle East

Friday, 21 November 2014 1:36 PM

BMW has the biggest market share for the premium car segment in the Middle East and seems to be breaking records every year. But for new regional managing director Johannes Seibert, there’s still plenty of work to be done to grow the brand even further.

A dormant Dubai developer explains why now is the time to get back in the market
Property»

A dormant Dubai developer explains why now is the time to get back in the market

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 3:34 PM

Zafer Taher, the CEO of property developer G&Co, is reaping the rewards of his strategy to stay put during Dubai’s financial crisis. With one property project due to be completed next year, and two more on the way, he’s confident that it’s still a good time to buy in the emirate.

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Henry Ford revolutionised the car industry. Can his great-grandson save the planet from global gridlock?
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Henry Ford revolutionised the car industry. Can his great-grandson save the planet from global gridlock?

Sunday, 16 November 2014 8:58 AM

Bill Ford now runs a $55 billion company that has a claim to being America’s most influential and innovative corporate. In an exclusive interview, the executive chairman of the Ford Motor Company explains how the 111-year-old firm will adapt to the automotive market’s new world order.

Meet the man who created YouTube but what did Chad Hurley do next?
Technology»

Meet the man who created YouTube but what did Chad Hurley do next?

Saturday, 8 November 2014 1:28 PM

Chad Hurley made half a billion dollars when YouTube, the video-sharing behemoth he co-created, was sold to Google. In an exclusive interview, the Silicon Valley entrepreneur talks mentors, money and motivation

Pedal to the metal - Mumtalakat and McLaren
Banking & Finance»

Pedal to the metal - Mumtalakat and McLaren

Saturday, 8 November 2014 1:27 PM

Since taking a major stake in the iconic McLaren Group in 2006, Bahraini sovereign wealth fund Mumtalakat has played a vital role in helping to fund the British firm’s plan to roll out its portfolio of production supercars across the world. McLaren board member Sheikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa explains how Bahrain benefits from its association with the global brand.

How I turned a $5,000 investment into a half-a-billion-dollar fortune
Industries»

How I turned a $5,000 investment into a half-a-billion-dollar fortune

Friday, 7 November 2014 1:23 PM

Faizal E Kottikollon built a world-class business in Dubai by tapping into the notoriously closed oil and gas market. He is now looking to leverage that know-how by teaming up with high profile global partners to drive down the costs of education, healthcare and housing - helping to improve the lives of millions

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Dress for success: Designer24 interview
StartUp»

Dress for success: Designer24 interview

Wednesday, 5 November 2014 9:08 AM

The founders of Designer24 explain why their online designer dress hire service is proving so popular

Interview: Kenneth Feld
Arts»

Interview: Kenneth Feld

Monday, 3 November 2014 10:49 AM

Irvin Feld reinvigorated the American circus industry in the 1950s but it was his son Kenneth’s deal with Disney that turned the traditional business into the largest live family entertainment company in the world. As the business expands with the next generation, the Middle East is quickly becoming a focal part of its international growth.

Prescription for change: Dr Hanan Al Kuwari
Healthcare»

Prescription for change: Dr Hanan Al Kuwari

Friday, 31 October 2014 2:34 AM

Dr Hanan Al Kuwari runs one of the Gulf’s largest public healthcare providers. In an exclusive interview with Arabian Business, the managing director of Hamad Medical Corporation explains how the organisation will hit its hugely ambitious targets

Airbus battle to balance the backlog
Transport»

Airbus battle to balance the backlog

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 12:23 PM

Airbus Middle East managing director Fouad Attar on delivering planes on time

Walking on air: Naji Skaf
Energy»

Walking on air: Naji Skaf

Saturday, 18 October 2014 9:43 AM

When Naji Skaf was appointed CEO of gas group Gulf Cryo well in advance of his 40th birthday, he raised several eyebrows. The young executive discusses how he uses his age to his advantage, what it’s like trying to advance within an established family business, and how he’s taking the company to the next level

Interview: RP Group's Dr Ravi Pillai
Construction»

Interview: RP Group's Dr Ravi Pillai

Saturday, 18 October 2014 9:42 AM

Dr Ravi Pillai launched his first business at the age of 14, trading in coconuts so he could afford school books. Three decades later, his RP Group brings in revenue of $4bn and employs 80,000 staff, helping make him one of the world’s richest Indians

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Straight bat: Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke
Sport»

Straight bat: Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke

Friday, 17 October 2014 1:41 AM

Michael Clarke gives the inside view on being the Australian cricket captain, including his public rants against team selectors, and gives his input on whether Dubai, the home of the International Cricket Council, is doing enough to support the game

Keeping the faith: HMH's Laurent Voivenel
Travel & Hospitality»

Keeping the faith: HMH's Laurent Voivenel

Friday, 17 October 2014 1:40 AM

UAE-based Hospitality Management Holdings’ chain of Sharia-compliant hotels is expanding quickly, in line with the growth in the region’s hospitality market. New chief executive Laurent Voivenel says he is keen to target the mid- and low-range segments of the industry


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