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Ashish Thakkar’s global mission
StartUp»

Ashish Thakkar’s global mission

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 10:56 AM

Dubai-based Mara Group founder and CEO Ashish Thakkar has been named chair of the UN’s Global Entrepreneurs Council. He reveals his plans for the council, the scale of the UAE’s success in developing entrepreneurship, and how Africa is emerging as a hotbed of new business.

Q&A with the co-founder of Fit Republik
Wellness»

Q&A with the co-founder of Fit Republik

Thursday, 23 July 2015 12:24 PM

Lubna Hamdan talks to Ali El Amine, co-founder of the latest addition to Dubai’s fitness scene, FitRepublik.

The detail of retail: Ishwar Chugani
Retail»

The detail of retail: Ishwar Chugani

Friday, 17 July 2015 1:36 AM

The Middle East head of Asian clothing giant Giordano, Ishwar Chugani, explains why his stores never discount and his target for 300 outlets in three years

Get smart: Dr Manahel Thabet
Culture & Society»

Get smart: Dr Manahel Thabet

Friday, 17 July 2015 1:36 AM

With an IQ placing her in the top 0.1 percent of the world, Dr Manahel Thabet is arguably the most intelligent living Arab. But she fears the region is repressing its most scientific and innovative minds, while falling prey to the ‘pollution’ of social media. It all spells economic disaster, she warns

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Business with soul: An interview with Max Strom
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Business with soul: An interview with Max Strom

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 10:25 AM

Tamara Pupic spoken with US-based teacher and author Max Strom on his recent visit to the region

Becoming pitch perfect
StartUp»

Becoming pitch perfect

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 10:24 AM

During their latest visit to the region, representatives of Silicon Valley’s 500 Startups advised local entrepreneurs on how to effectively pitch to investors. Tamara Pupic reports from a workshop held at AstroLabs Dubai

A passion for Islamic fashion
StartUp»

A passion for Islamic fashion

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 10:24 AM

Alia Khan, founder and president of the Islamic Fashion and Design Council, explains how she is helping people tap into a $500 billion industry

Connecting for growth: peer-to-peer finance
StartUp»

Connecting for growth: peer-to-peer finance

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 10:23 AM

How the likes of Ravi Bhusari, managing director and co-founder of DUPLAYS, has benefitted from innovative peer-to-peer finance solution Beehive, founded by CEO Craig Moore

Billion dollar turnaround: Sony Mobile CEO
Technology»

Billion dollar turnaround: Sony Mobile CEO

Saturday, 4 July 2015 4:54 PM

Less than a year into his role as head of the Japanese giant, Hiroki Totoki explains how he is bringing the company back from the brink, why smart technology is becoming increasingly exciting, and how he is meeting the challenge of budget smartphone manufacturers

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Expanding the empire: Mövenpick's Jean Gabriel Peres
Travel & Hospitality»

Expanding the empire: Mövenpick's Jean Gabriel Peres

Saturday, 4 July 2015 4:54 PM

With more than 10 hotels planned across the GCC in the next five years, Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts is looking to strengthen its grip and increase market share. The company’s president and CEO, Jean Gabriel Peres, discusses the brand’s bold plans, and the challenges of balancing traditional standards with the hospitality industry’s continual innovations.

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Ice princess: Meet the figure skater aiming to be the first Emirati to compete at the Winter Olympics
Sport»

Ice princess: Meet the figure skater aiming to be the first Emirati to compete at the Winter Olympics

Saturday, 4 July 2015 4:53 PM

20-year-old Zahra Lari's goal is to qualify to represent the United Arab Emirates at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea

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Interview: Majid Al Futtaim chief Alain Bejjani
Retail»

Interview: Majid Al Futtaim chief Alain Bejjani

Friday, 3 July 2015 1:38 AM

Six months into his tenure as head of Majid Al Futtaim, the Gulf’s biggest shopping mall developer, Alain Bejjani is on track to double the size of the company in just five years

Bigger than Washington DC and backed by Emaar: Saudi Arabia's plans to build the city of the future
Property»

Bigger than Washington DC and backed by Emaar: Saudi Arabia's plans to build the city of the future

Friday, 3 July 2015 1:37 AM

A decade after the world’s most expensive real estate project was announced, King Abdullah Economic City has completed many of its key components. Chief executive Fahd Al Rasheed explains why tourism, education and entrepreneurship are now his biggest focus

Fame, fortune and fashion: Rami Al Ali
Fashion»

Fame, fortune and fashion: Rami Al Ali

Friday, 26 June 2015 10:21 AM

Syrian-born designer Rami Al Ali started as an intern in Dubai. Today his brand Rami Al Ali Couture has hit the global stage, with supermodels and celebrities queuing up for his collections. But the fashion mogul is still not ready to embrace Dubai’s own Fashion Forward

Fraud, corruption, leaks or security threats? This is the man Gulf firms call when they really need help
Industries»

Fraud, corruption, leaks or security threats? This is the man Gulf firms call when they really need help

Saturday, 20 June 2015 1:12 PM

Risk Advisory founder Bill Waite set his company up in December 1997. With offices in Washington, London, Moscow, Hong Kong and Dubai, and a security joint venture in Saudi Arabia, employing a total of about 140 staff, it focuses on corporate investigations that look at internal fraud, corruption, leaks of confidential information, and asset searches in the context of litigation.


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