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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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