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Nakheel CEO bans recording of speech to entrepreneurs

Sanjay Manchanda appeared at Impact Hub event in Dubai

Nakheel CEO bans recording of speech to entrepreneurs
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Nakheel CEO Sanjay Manchanda banned all tape recordings from a public event he appeared at on Tuesday night, with organisers claiming he feared “being misquoted.”

Manchanda was taking part in the “Disruptive CEOs” series organised by Impact Hub, in which leading CEOs take questions from a live audience.

However, organisers told Arabian Business that no recording of his answers was to be allowed.

"At Impact Hub Dubai events we always ask our speakers for their permission to be recorded - we also do our very best to facilitate meetings and interviews. However, we have to respect their wishes, and on this occasion Impact Hub Dubai kindly requested our guests not to record the talk," a spokesperson told Arabian Business.

The ban follows Manchanda's speech two years ago at CEO Clubs UAE, when he claimed Dubai was “raining cash.”

Manchanda said then that the emirate’s tourism sector’s growth seemed unstoppable as new hotel rooms failed to put downward pressure on occupancy levels and room rates.

“The average room rate has gone up to US$303. According to all analysts we’ve been going through, this is the highest in three years. So guys, this is just raining cash,” he claimed.

Before the Nakheel CEO spoke, Impact Hub had said that its event was a “unique opportunity to meet and engage with some of the UAE's biggest CEOs.”

It added: “The format of the talk is a little unconventional - similar to a town hall meeting. Sanjay will be asked about 20 questions for the first hour, and then the last 30 minutes is an open Q&A session from the audience - expected to be about 100 entrepreneurs and SMEs.”

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Ahmad A. 4 years ago

Wow. This article is totally sensationalised.
I was one of the attendees and thought it a brilliant opportunity for a leading CEO to open up to budding business people like myself.
If this is the only thing you took away from the talk, then this is journalism at its poorest.