Often cast into the shadows of Dubai, the neighbouring emirate is pushing back with plans to develop industries as vast as healthcare, media, logistics and tourism. The CEO of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, Marwan Bin Jassim Al Sarkal, is honest about the drawbacks but persuasive in his argument that Sharjah is on the rise
Indian-born BR Shetty turned the meagre $7 with which he arrived in the UAE in the 1970s into a personal fortune estimated at $1bn. In a rare interview, he tells Arabian Business about new plans for the businesses that made him rich - NMC Health and UAE Exchange - revealing little sign of slowing down at 70 years of age
Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank is performing better than its peers as the finance sector battles challenging economic conditions. But its Group CEO Tirad Al Mahmoud warns the country is stuck in a credit crunch as cautious lenders pull the plug on clients.
As the International Monetary Fund director for the Middle East and Central Asia for eight years, Masood Ahmed has experienced just about every economic rollercoaster turn possible. Days before retiring, he discusses oil, conflict and jobs
Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed is stepping out from the shadow of his famous father with a rapidly growing holding company and a diverse array of new investments. In a rare interview, the founder of KBW Investments talks deal-making, money and motivation.
Mark Robinson inherited one of the toughest jobs in the UAE banking sector when he took over as chief executive of Commercial Bank International in 2014. But after a difficult year, his strategies are starting to bear fruit
Steeped in two centuries of experience, Swiss private bank Lombard Odier is growing its Middle East client base as economic uncertainty ripples through the region. Sixth generation helmsman Patrick Odier urges investors to diversify their portfolios to shrewdly manage risk.
One of the UAE’s brightest home-grown success stories is set to see huge growth this year thanks to a recent acquisition. The chairman of payments processing giant Network International, Abdulla Qassem, explains why operating in one of the world’s fastest-growing sectors can be challenging
For more than three centuries, Lloyd’s of London has been at the forefront of minimising risk while simultaneously earning billions of dollars annually from underwriting it. Chairman John Nelson explains why the Middle East is one of the historic institution’s new frontiers
In just four years, Daniel McGowan has amassed $500m worth of assets under management via his start-up Centaur Group Holdings. The CEO outlines how the company will use investment in innovative products to reach more than $3bn next year
The chairman of the UAE’s Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development is working to encourage more Emiratis to start their own businesses despite low liquidity and other challenges. But, he warns, too many are choosing the easy option, proposing yet more coffee shops, nail bars and gyms.
There is much chatter about investing in Africa these days but navigating one of the world’s newest business environments is no easy task. Robert Hersov, founder of the exclusive networking club Invest Africa, says he is the man to bridge the links.