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Istanbul vies for lucrative crown of international financial centre
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Istanbul vies for lucrative crown of international financial centre

Sunday, 25 September 2016 2:52 PM

Its growth over the past decade has been enviable but is it enough to make Istanbul an international financial centre? The billionaire construction magnate responsible for building the dream, Ali Agaoglu, has no doubt.

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Behzad Golkar: Making the case for investing in Iranian capital markets
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Behzad Golkar: Making the case for investing in Iranian capital markets

Sunday, 3 July 2016 3:14 PM

As CEO of one of Iran’s biggest financial institutions with plans to launch equity funds and a new investment bank, Behzad Golkar is part of efforts to make the country’s capital markets more accessible to foreign investors. This is no easy task, he says.

Sporting chance: Qatar 2022 advisor Mushtaq Al Waeli
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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

Can Abu Dhabi's new financial free zone compete?
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Can Abu Dhabi's new financial free zone compete?

Friday, 29 April 2016 1:34 AM

Cities across the Gulf are creating financial centres to propel themselves onto the international stage, raising the question of which will survive. But a senior official at the newest, Abu Dhabi Global Market, insists it will prove to be stiff competition

What makes Sir Martin Sorrell tick?
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What makes Sir Martin Sorrell tick?

Friday, 18 March 2016 1:06 AM

The world’s most influential ad man, Sir Martin Sorrell, says the global economy is stuck in a ‘Slough of Despond’. Are there any reasons at all to be positive about the rest of 2016?

Safe as houses: Sheikh Saeed Obaid Al Maktoum
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Safe as houses: Sheikh Saeed Obaid Al Maktoum

Friday, 4 March 2016 1:24 AM

Sheikh Saeed Obaid Al Maktoum, chairman of AJSM Investments, explains how his family firm managed to double its revenues last year, despite the difficult economic circumstances

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Middle Eastern governments don't care about entrepreneurs, says Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi
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Middle Eastern governments don't care about entrepreneurs, says Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi

Monday, 1 February 2016 10:40 AM

Having blazed a trail for a new breed of tech-savvy art collectors in the Middle East, Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi is celebrating the sixth anniversary of The Barjeel Art Foundation this month. He talks with StartUp about social media, Arab artists, family businesses, entrepreneurship, and much more.

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Emirati lawyer Essam Al Tamimi explains why much of the UAE’s legislation, which is nearly half-a-century old, is in need of revision
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Emirati lawyer Essam Al Tamimi explains why much of the UAE’s legislation, which is nearly half-a-century old, is in need of revision

Friday, 11 December 2015 3:36 AM

The founder of the largest law firm in the Middle East is working to refresh antiquated laws and build up the indigenous legal workforce in the UAE to ensure the country remains a strong centre for domestic and international business

Dubai's Princess Haya on the real reasons behind the rising cost of modern healthcare
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Dubai's Princess Haya on the real reasons behind the rising cost of modern healthcare

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 11:48 AM

Dubai Healthcare City Authority chairperson says the industry needs to look at the bigger picture as it is not simply a result of the dramatic rise in the number of older people over the last half century

Mohammed Al Mubarak: Abu Dhabi tourism chief on how the emirate can develop
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Mohammed Al Mubarak: Abu Dhabi tourism chief on how the emirate can develop "a much stronger connection" with Dubai

Friday, 9 October 2015 1:18 AM

From tourism to property, and from film to education, Mohammed Al Mubarak heads up some of Abu Dhabi’s most important entities. In an exclusive interview with Arabian Business, the man behind the rapid development of Yas Island explains why the UAE capital has no plans to slow its ambitious growth agenda

Her Excellency Ameera Binkaram on why now is the golden age for UAE women
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Her Excellency Ameera Binkaram on why now is the golden age for UAE women

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 9:46 AM

The chairwoman of the Sharjah Business Women Council says female entrepreneurs are asserting themselves on the emirate’s business landscape in greater and greater numbers

'I play music to create hope, to help people who have no past, present or future': The extraordinary tale of the Iraqi cellist fighting bombs with music
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'I play music to create hope, to help people who have no past, present or future': The extraordinary tale of the Iraqi cellist fighting bombs with music

Saturday, 26 September 2015 9:56 AM

The story of Karim Wasfi made global headlines earlier this year. In an exclusive interview with Arabian Business, the Iraqi national explains why his craft can be “a bridge between civilisations”.

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

Helal Almarri: The Dubai tourism boss on delivering 20m visitors and building 160,000 new hotel rooms
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Helal Almarri: The Dubai tourism boss on delivering 20m visitors and building 160,000 new hotel rooms

Friday, 19 June 2015 1:36 AM

Dubai is on course to attract 20 million visitors a year to the emirate by the year 2020. It is no easy feat, with more hotel rooms needed and enough attractions to sustain tourists from a wide variety of markets. But the man implementing the plans, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) director general Helal Almarri, says everything is on track for success

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Putting Saudi women first: Glowork's Khalid Alkhudair
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Putting Saudi women first: Glowork's Khalid Alkhudair

Friday, 5 June 2015 9:30 AM

Khalid Alkhudair gave up everything to create what at the time was considered unthinkable – a recruitment company for Saudi women. Four years on, the founder of Glowork is hoping to tap a hugely lucrative market to build a $1bn company


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