Home to the most extensive retail space on the planet, Dubai has the capacity to pack in the shops. But locals are also spending on luxury abroad, a lucrative opportunity as Desiree Bollier, CEO of Value Retail, explains.
The Gulf's clout as an international tourism destination is growing, with 15 million visitors expected in Dubai alone by 2015. Arne Sorenson, CEO of Marriott International, tells CNBC how he's looking to capitalize on shifting trends in the region.
The UAE and Saudi Arabia big drivers for the InterContinental Hotels Group, the world's largest hotel by number of rooms. Richard Solomons, the firm's CEO, discusses the drivers of regional demand, and why Africa is not on his priority list.
The concept of US energy independence is sparking debates about what it may mean for oil prices, and Saudi Arabia is doing a lot of the debating.
Global hotel brands' aggressive expansion in the Arabian Gulf is helping to drive profits and offset markets hit by the Arab uprisings, hotel group CEOs told CNBC.
For investors looking to enter the MENA region, factors like location, population and market size matter. But what about red tape? Fadi Arbid, CEO of Amwal AlKhaleej, and Ali Tabbara, Managing Director at UTC Nexia International, go through the pros and cons of doing business in the region.
Two years on from the Arab Spring, Egypt's travel and tourism sector is struggling. Islam Mahdy, CEO at Credence, reflects on how the turmoil has altered his strategy.
Saudi Arabia could change its official weekend to Friday-Saturday, in a move designed to move it closer into lockstep with global financial markets, and boost its economy.
It's been three years since the Arab Spring began, and Bahrain's unresolved political divisions are fueling debate about whether the Grand Prix should take place at all.
Iyad Malas, CEO of Majid Al Futtaim, tells CNBC that people in the Middle East are overlooking industries where there are a lot of job opportunities, as they don't believe they offer good career prospects.
Badr Jafar, CEO of Crescent Enterprises, tells CNBC that the lack of investment in entrepreneurship, the poor access to capital by SMEs and the red tape involved in setting up a business in the Arab World are slowing youth employment in the region.
Abdul Malik Al-Jaber, founder and chairman of MENA Apps, says the Middle East needs to improve its regulatory framework and modify its culture to allow young people to create their own businesses.
Business leaders across the Middle East are anxious that a high and growing young population could threaten future stability and lead to escalating unemployment.
Rotana CEO Selim El-Zyr explains why expansion is the order of the day, even as Rotana struggles to fill its existing capacity in its Abu Dhabi home market.
Rotana CEO Selim El-Zyr discusses business opportunities in Iraq and Iran, both of which he says have "huge untapped potential".
Rotana CEO Selim El-Zyr says the time has not come for Rotana to go public or to establish its brand in developed countries, as it should first focus on consolidating its regional leadership.
The president of Rotana believes there are significant investment opportunities in Iran, despite growing international sanctions.
CCC President Samer Khoury tells CNBC why he has no plans to go in for an IPO.
CCC President Samer Khoury explains why Africa, Kazakhstan and the CIS countries are the next areas of growth for his company.
Samer Khoury, president of the Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), discusses the challenges facing businesses in the Middle East due to political instability.
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