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Access: Middle East: Episodes

  • Is the tech sector the answer to the EU's woes?  Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 PM ET

    Europe's tech sector is gaining momentum with its "high concentration of talent", which is "fuelled by passion".

  • Learn more about the gaming industry  Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 PM ET

    Find out more about the next steps for the $93 billion game industry, from game practices to entry into the cloud.

  • Egypt economy breakthrough to happen in 2016  Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    Egypt's economy is suffering from record unemployment and one of the highest budget deficits in the region. Hisham Ezz Al-Arab, chairman of Commercial International Bank (CIB), lays out the country's challenges.

  • Egypt needs 'to go back to work': CIB chairman  Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    Hisham Ezz Al-Arab, CIB chairman responds to the recent hype around Islamic finance, and looks back at the first few weeks of Egypt's uprising in 2011.

  • Consumer lending next growth driver for CIB  Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    Today CIB is Egypt's largest private sector bank with over 5,400 employees. In an exclusive interview with CNBC, the bank's chairman, Hisham Ezz Al-Arab, explains how he is keeping the bank profitable.

  • Our history makes us national hero: Telecom Egypt  Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    The first telegraph line from Cairo to Alexandria was inaugurated in 1854 and with it came the birth of Telecom Egypt. The firm's CEO, Mohamed El-Nawawy, discusses the potential of being the country's fourth mobile phone operator, and what he plans to do with the stake in Vodafone Egypt.

  • Why Egypt is crucial to global Internet  Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    Worldwide, undersea cables carry 99% of intercontinental internet traffic and one of the busiest hubs is in Egypt. CNBC gains exclusive access to the country's strategic "TE North" facilities, and takes a closer look at where the company is moving next.

  • Telecom Egypt on 2011 internet shutdown  Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    In an exclusive interview with CNBC, Mohamed El-Nawawy, CEO of Telecom Egypt, relives the moments around the controversial decision to cut Egypt off the Internet on January 28, 2011.

  • Egypt: 'The situation has definitely changed'  Wednesday, 14 May 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    Karim Awad, co-CEO of EFG Hermes, reflects on how Egypt's turmoil has affected the firm since 2011, and why he believes the new political beginning holds plenty of opportunities for investors.

  • Saudi, UAE to drive EFG Hermes growth  Wednesday, 14 May 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    EFG Hermes is looking to secure 60 percent its investment banking revenue from abroad. In an exclusive interview with CNBC, co-CEO Karim Awad details where he plans to take the firm next.

  • EFG Hermes responds to misconduct allegations  Wednesday, 14 May 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    Egypt ranks in the bottom tier of the Corruption Perceptions Index. The co-CEO of Egypt's largest investment bank, Karim Awad, says it is possible to do business without bribing corrupt officials.

  • Egypt national elections offer hope: EFG co-head Wednesday, 14 May 2014 | 7:03 AM ET
    Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi

    The co-chief executive of EFG Hermes told CNBC that Egypt was undergoing political rejuvenation, meaning it had a lot to offer investors.

  • UAE hit by property bubble fears despite PMI high Tuesday, 6 May 2014 | 10:29 AM ET

    The United Arab Emirates' monthly purchasing manager's index rose to an all-time high, fueling fears of a repeat of the 2009 property bubble.

  • ADIB eyes North Africa, Mashriq for expansion  Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    In 2013, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank acquired Barclay's UAE retail operations for a price tag of $177 million. CEO Tirad Mahmoud clarifies the benefits of the deal, and why the bank's business model does not depend on pious consumers.

  • 'Islamic banks engage in the real economy': ADIB CEO  Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    Abu Dhabi Islamic Banks is one of the largest Sharia-compliant lenders in the region. The company's CEO, Tirad Mahmoud, joins the conversation on what Islamic finance is about, industry regulation and the culture of risk taking.

  • Does Islamic finance lower systemic risk?  Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    A popular focus of emerging scholarly literature looks at whether Islamic finance offers any systemic benefits to the global economy. Tirad Mahmoud, the chief executive of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, details the defining trends of the business

  • The chief executive of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank believes the banking industry is on the cusp of a historic transformation.

  • Air Arabia changed people's lives: CEO  Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    Air Arabia was founded in 2003 to become to region's first low cost airline. In an exclusive interview with CNBC, the firm's CEO Adel Ali recounts the difficulties of the early days and the rationale behind becoming the flag carrier of Ras Al Khaimah.

  • Where will Air Arabia expand to next?  Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    The International Air Transport Association forsees the Middle East and the Asia Pacific to see the strongest passenger growth. Adel Ali, CEO of budget airline Air Arabia discusses expansion plan and heavyweight carriers of the region.

  • In an exclusive conversation with CNBC, Air Arabia CEO Adel Ali, shares his outlook for the aviation industry, and what an ideal work-life balance looks like to him.