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Unleashing MENA’s entrepreneurial spirit
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Unleashing MENA’s entrepreneurial spirit

Monday, 27 April 2015 2:08 PM

A quartet of finance and law experts discussed how the region’s entrepreneurs could blossom, focusing on the continuing issue of access to funding, and how to increase the amount of venture capital being invested

Safe as houses: Emirates REIT's Sylvain Vieujot
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Safe as houses: Emirates REIT's Sylvain Vieujot

Friday, 10 April 2015 9:26 AM

A year after the Emirates REIT initial public offering, executive deputy chairman Sylvain Vieujot says that potential headwinds in the Dubai property market bring more opportunities than challenges

Loan Ranger: Emirates NBD's Shayne Nelson
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Loan Ranger: Emirates NBD's Shayne Nelson

Friday, 27 March 2015 2:35 AM

A year after taking over as chief executive of local banking giant Emirates NBD, Australia’s Shayne Nelson says he’s ready to take the lender into the next era.

Bob Geldof, the African knight
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Bob Geldof, the African knight

Saturday, 21 March 2015 2:47 AM

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

EFG Hermes: How patience turns to profit
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EFG Hermes: How patience turns to profit

Friday, 6 March 2015 10:12 AM

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.

Exclusive: Bahrain's Arcapita to close several billion dollar deals in the coming weeks
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Exclusive: Bahrain's Arcapita to close several billion dollar deals in the coming weeks

Saturday, 14 February 2015 9:19 AM

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.

Banking on peace: Bank of Palestine's Hashim Shawa
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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

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

What ex-Emirates NBD chief Rick Pudner did next
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What ex-Emirates NBD chief Rick Pudner did next

Friday, 12 December 2014 5:38 PM

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.

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Focus: Why youth unemployment is an even bigger threat to the region than ISIL
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Focus: Why youth unemployment is an even bigger threat to the region than ISIL

Friday, 28 November 2014 1:11 AM

Mohammed Mahfoodh Al Ardhi got his early training as a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force of Oman and recently was unveiled as the new executive chairman of Bahrain-based investment firm Investcorp

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Time to do away with credit cards and cash?
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Time to do away with credit cards and cash?

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:10 AM

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.

Pedal to the metal - Mumtalakat and McLaren
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Pedal to the metal - Mumtalakat and McLaren

Saturday, 8 November 2014 1:27 PM

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.

RAK and roll: Rino Sabatino
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RAK and roll: Rino Sabatino

Friday, 3 October 2014 10:26 AM

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

Fast and Furious: Jassim Alseddiqi
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Fast and Furious: Jassim Alseddiqi

Friday, 3 October 2014 10:25 AM

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’

The insider: Sameer Al Ansari
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The insider: Sameer Al Ansari

Sunday, 24 August 2014 2:10 PM

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


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