Outspoken Irish musician and charity campaigner Sir Bob Geldof reveals how Dubai was the unlikely catalyst for the initial success of Live Aid and why he is leading a $250m private equity fund into Africa, “the safest zone to be in” right now
Operating through four years of political and economic turmoil in Egypt took its toll on EFG-Hermes, but the investment banking firm - one of the region’s largest, with operations in eight Arab countries - has risen from the instability and a period of consolidation to return to profit.
The Islamic investment firm faced Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2012, but as it moves forward it has big plans afoot. CEO Atif Abdulmalik outlines its strategy and explains how he has been able to turn the business around.
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
Rick Pudner was one of the most high-profile bankers and expats in the UAE before he quit as Group CEO of Emirates NBD, Dubai’s biggest bank. Now he’s back and looking to launch a whole new financial model.
You may not know much about Network International, but its name is on nearly every receipt issued in the UAE. Chief executive Bhairav Trivedi explains how we may pay for goods and services in the future.
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.
After a quiet couple of years, the Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority (RAKIA) is back on the expansion trail. Rino Sabatino, who took on the top job at RAKIA at the beginning of 2014, says he’s aiming to host 10,000 companies in the emirate by the end of this decade
In just four short years, Abu Dhabi Financial Group has revolutionised the approach to alternative investment in the Gulf. Chief executive Jassim Alseddiqi explains how he has managed to capture investors from Singapore and the UK, how he has achieved stellar returns for his investors, and what makes a ‘bingo deal’
Sameer Al Ansari is one of few people to have seen the rise, fall and rebirth of Dubai from an insider’s perspective. In an exclusive interview, the former head of Dubai International Capital describes how the crash happened and whether anything has really changed as a result
France’s Jean-Claude Trichet is one of Europe’s most experienced bankers, having led the European Central Bank through the midst of the financial crisis from 2003 to 2011. While he doesn’t believe we are out of the worst of it yet, he is quick to defend the Euro currency from its many detractors