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A Saif pair of hands for the Belhasa empire
Transport»

A Saif pair of hands for the Belhasa empire

Saturday, 24 January 2015 2:17 AM

Saif Belhasa, founder and chairman of the Saif Belhasa Group of Companies, explains how diversifying his interests has helped the group to thrive, and why the future is exciting for businesses in Dubai

Making sense of Sharjah: Hussain Al Mahmoudi
Politics & Economics»

Making sense of Sharjah: Hussain Al Mahmoudi

Friday, 23 January 2015 3:10 AM

The UAE’s third-largest emirate has trod its own path, focusing on Islamic culture and diversifying its economy. It’s an approach that has paid off, argues the director general of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Hussain Al Mahmoudi

Banking on peace: Bank of Palestine's Hashim Shawa
Politics & Economics»

Banking on peace: Bank of Palestine's Hashim Shawa

Friday, 23 January 2015 3:10 AM

The Palestinian economy represents an extraordinary opportunity for investors who can see past the grim headlines, says the chairman of the country’s biggest bank, Hashim Shawa

Taking the plunge: Shehab Gargash on getting ready to go public
Markets»

Taking the plunge: Shehab Gargash on getting ready to go public

Sunday, 18 January 2015 12:24 PM

After a six-year wait, Daman Investments is set to launch an IPO in the first quarter of 2015. It's chairman and founder speaks out about the volatility on local stock markets, the Arabtec fiasco and recent ‘greenfield’ listings

Forever looking forward: Fadi Ghandour
Industries»

Forever looking forward: Fadi Ghandour

Saturday, 17 January 2015 1:58 AM

With his trademark boundless energy, Fadi Ghandour recently gave budding entrepreneurs the benefit of his experience and success with an insightful presentation in Dubai. But as he revealed to Arabian Business it is the private sector which needs to change to bring a positive future to the Arab world

Taste the difference: Mondelez's Vishal Tikku
Retail»

Taste the difference: Mondelez's Vishal Tikku

Friday, 16 January 2015 12:07 PM

The boss of one of the Middle East’s largest food and beverage companies and the conglomerate behind favourites such as Tang, Oreo and Kraft cheese, Mondelēz International’s Vishal Tikku, explains the dilemma between balancing goodness with good taste and how he decides when to bring a successful brand to the Gulf market

A man of Vertu: Massimiliano Pogliani
Technology»

A man of Vertu: Massimiliano Pogliani

Friday, 16 January 2015 12:07 PM

Just how did Massimiliano Pogliani rescue phone brand Vertu? The company’s CEO tells Arabian Business how he revolutionised and resurrected the fortunes of the once technology-shy luxury mobile phone business, and why moving step-by-step can pay dividends

The Italian job: Sir Rocco Forte
Travel & Hospitality»

The Italian job: Sir Rocco Forte

Friday, 16 January 2015 12:06 PM

Sir Rocco Forte's recent deal with Italian sovereign wealth fund FSI has brought a new lease of life to the hospitality grandee’s eponymous hotel chain. Can the Middle East finally start to play a bigger role in Sir Rocco’s plans?

Brand and deliver: Landmark Group's Shivam Goyal
Retail»

Brand and deliver: Landmark Group's Shivam Goyal

Saturday, 10 January 2015 3:11 AM

Meet the Landmark Group’s go-to guy for starting up new brands, Shivam Goyal. His latest mission is to take SportsOne to 40 retail outlets across the GCC by 2017.

Building a billion dollar conglomerate: Shaji Ul Mulk
Construction»

Building a billion dollar conglomerate: Shaji Ul Mulk

Friday, 9 January 2015 2:55 PM

After arriving in Dubai three decades ago, Shaji Ul Mulk was determined to make it on his own. Now chairman of one of the UAE’s biggest manufacturing empires, he shares his challenging road to success, his dreams for the healthcare industry, his IPO plans, and why there’s still plenty of chapters to write about Mulk Holdings’ promising future

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Ringing in a new era: Ooredoo Oman CEO Greg Young
Technology»

Ringing in a new era: Ooredoo Oman CEO Greg Young

Friday, 9 January 2015 2:06 AM

Oman’s second telco, Nawras, has now officially rebranded as Ooredoo, spreading the Qatar-based firm’s global reach. Ooredoo Oman CEO Greg Young explains why the move will create noise not only in the domestic but in the international telecoms industry as well, and why sites such as Facebook and YouTube also will be listening in

CompareIt4Me: Jon Richards interview
StartUp»

CompareIt4Me: Jon Richards interview

Tuesday, 6 January 2015 1:44 PM

Jon Richards, CEO of compareit4me.com, is on track to be one of Dubai’s success stories. Ahead of the company’s second funding round, he tells Tamara Pupic how he built the region’s first finance comparison site.

Following the trend
StartUp»

Following the trend

Tuesday, 6 January 2015 1:43 PM

Fatima El Malki, digital communications manager at Active, discusses the company’s first Digital Trends Report, and where start-ups and small businesses figure in its findings

Finding happiness: Happy Box interview
StartUp»

Finding happiness: Happy Box interview

Tuesday, 6 January 2015 1:43 PM

Educational activities concept, The Happy Box, has become one of the past year’s most talked-about new businesses. Co-founders Jumana and Linda Al Darwish explain what pushed them to launch the company

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Smart move: Interview with Lojain Jibawi
StartUp»

Smart move: Interview with Lojain Jibawi

Tuesday, 6 January 2015 1:43 PM

Lojain Jibawi is fast building a reputation as an important figure in the smart technology sphere, thanks to his Arabic voice recognition programmes. He explains how he got into the tech industry, and what he plans to do with the fast-changing software


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