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At your service: Imad Elia, CEO of Roda Hotel Group
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At your service: Imad Elia, CEO of Roda Hotel Group

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 11:18 AM

We sit down with Imad Elia, CEO of Roda Hotel Group, to discuss his love of Ferraris, Patek Philippe and the 'Jewels' of Dubai hospitality

Opportunity knocks: Shangri-La's CEO Greg Dogan
Travel & Hospitality»

Opportunity knocks: Shangri-La's CEO Greg Dogan

Friday, 27 May 2016 2:54 AM

The hotel brand inspired by a legendary land described in a 1933 novel is spreading its story across the GCC. Global CEO Greg Dogan discusses expansion plans and the industry's new emphasis on “lifestyle”

Sporting chance: Qatar 2022 advisor Mushtaq Al Waeli
Politics & Economics»

Sporting chance: Qatar 2022 advisor Mushtaq Al Waeli

Friday, 27 May 2016 2:48 AM

Mushtaq Al Waeli, an advisor to Qatar’s World Cup planning committee and executive director of the Josoor Institute, explains why the country is paying more than just lip service to sports management

A growing business: Compareit4me
StartUp»

A growing business: Compareit4me

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 3:54 PM

Jon Richards, CEO at compareit4me, shares some of the secrets of how to lead a business that is on an upward path.

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Smooth operator: Virgin Mobile's Mikkel Vinter
Technology»

Smooth operator: Virgin Mobile's Mikkel Vinter

Saturday, 21 May 2016 12:09 AM

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”

Changing fortunes: Damac's Ziad El Chaar
Property»

Changing fortunes: Damac's Ziad El Chaar

Friday, 20 May 2016 12:09 AM

With consecutive quarterly profit declines and controversy over its Donald Trump-branded golf course, developer Damac Properties has drawn plenty of attention in recent months. Managing director Ziad El Chaar responds to both issues and explains why the company has shed its all-luxury dogma to join the competition for mid-market real estate

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Inside the House of Chalhoub
Style»

Inside the House of Chalhoub

Friday, 20 May 2016 12:05 AM

The Middle East distributor of the biggest names in high-end fashion, the Chalhoub Group, started with a dream in Damascus and went on to become an empire. Half a century and 600 stores later, co-CEOs and brothers Patrick and Anthony Chalhoub discuss surviving in admittedly tough times and the future of luxury shopping

Check-in chic: TUMI Creative Director Michael Petry
Leisure»

Check-in chic: TUMI Creative Director Michael Petry

Thursday, 19 May 2016 10:15 AM

CEO sits down with TUMI's new Creative Director, Michael Petry, to ask why the world has suddenly started taking luxury travel and accessories so seriously

Rahail Aslam: Towering ambitions
Business»

Rahail Aslam: Towering ambitions

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 8:51 AM

CEO of Select Group, Rahail Aslam, comes from humble beginnings, working four jobs to make ends meet. Fast forward thirty years and he's built ten skyscrapers in Dubai Marina, with four more on the way. His secret? Employing the best and getting plenty of exercise…

Curating taste with Stephane Custot
Leisure»

Curating taste with Stephane Custot

Tuesday, 17 May 2016 12:09 PM

On the eve of his new gallery opening in Alserkal Avenue, CEO sits down with owner and curator Stephane Custot to talk global trends, art as an alternative investment, and what's holding back the UAE's art scene

Upwardly mobile: Network Int'l chief Abdulla Qassem
Banking & Finance»

Upwardly mobile: Network Int'l chief Abdulla Qassem

Saturday, 14 May 2016 12:14 AM

One of the UAE’s brightest home-grown success stories is set to see huge growth this year thanks to a recent acquisition. The chairman of payments processing giant Network International, Abdulla Qassem, explains why operating in one of the world’s fastest-growing sectors can be challenging

Hotel giant: Wyndham's Geoff Ballotti
Travel & Hospitality»

Hotel giant: Wyndham's Geoff Ballotti

Friday, 13 May 2016 12:13 AM

Geoff Ballotti, the ebullient president of one of the largest hotel groups in the world, has grand plans to expand his empire in the Middle East — and he knows a thing or two about planes, too

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Let me entertain you: WWE's Gerrit Meier
Sport»

Let me entertain you: WWE's Gerrit Meier

Friday, 13 May 2016 12:11 AM

The sensationally scripted fights produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) have entertained millions for more than six decades. But the empire’s growth has never been bigger than under current president, Gerrit Meier, and the Middle East has become one of his top priorities

Mr Efficient: Veolia's Antoine Frerot
Industries»

Mr Efficient: Veolia's Antoine Frerot

Saturday, 7 May 2016 12:05 AM

As the GCC strives to address its excessive use of environmental resources, French-based water and waste management services company Veolia is doubling its business in the region. Global chaiman and CEO of the $13bn firm, Antoine Frérot, explains why

Hilton's man in the Middle East
Travel & Hospitality»

Hilton's man in the Middle East

Friday, 6 May 2016 12:07 AM

With 131 hotels either operating or in the pipeline across the Middle East, Hilton Worldwide’s regional boss Rudi Jagersbacher is one of the most prominent figures in the industry. The charismatic Austrian gives his experienced insight beneath the headlines


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