Access: Middle East: Episodes

  • Scouring for gems at RCA Secret Dubai

    The RCA Secret exhibition and sale started in 1994 as a way of raising money to fund bursaries for students. This year's event saw 1300 postcards up for grabs at 500 dirhams.

  • Art Dubai: World's most global art fair?

    To start our journey through Art Dubai, CNBC caught up with the fair's director, Antonia Carver.

  • The artwork of Idris Khan

    CNBC talks to Fabian Lang about the artwork on display at Art Dubai.

  • Art Dubai: Potential to make money

    Art Dubai's new-found prominence not only gives a boost to galleries and artists but has also become a fixture on the city's social calendar.

  • Bonhams: Why to buy Middle Eastern art

    Nima Sagharchi, modern and contemporary Middle Eastern art specialist at Bonhams auction house, says the region's art market has seen huge developments over the past decade.

  • Dubai to be a model for smart cities?

    CNBC catches up with Hani al Hamli, secretary general of the Dubai Economic Council at the Smart Living City Dubai conference to discuss the city's ambition to become a role model for smart cities.

  • How to make a city smart

    Peter Hirshberg, chairman at Re:Imagine Group, comments on what makes a city smart and says Dubai's strong government is able to implement and try new technologies quickly.

  • Dubai is 'already smart': Cisco

    Amr Salem, managing director of global sales for Smart Cities at Cisco, says Dubai has been investing in smart infrastructures for years and comments on the security aspect of smart cities.

  • How we'll commute in future smart cities

    Dubai is investing heavily in public transport. Dr. Ryan Chin, managing director at the MIT Media Lab's City Science Initiative, discusses what kind of transport systems will operate in the future's smart cities.

  • Energy efficiency: Dubai is politically willing

    Dubai has one of the highest per capita water consumption in the world. Xavier Joseph, CEO for Gulf countries at Veolia, comments on the city's steps to be more energy efficient.

  • Why Dubai is in 'a unique position'

    Anousheh Ansari, co-founder and chairwoman of Prodea System, says that Dubai's government is much more pro-active in its approach to smart cities and in the implementation of new technologies.

  • Elie Saab: From Beirut to Paris catwalks

    CNBC retraces Elie Saab's beginnings from middle-class boy in war-torn Lebanon to "creative genius" and self-made businessman.

  • 'My heart and life' are in Beirut: Elie Saab

    Haute couture means "No limit" says Elie Saab, founder and chairman of the fashion label that carries his name. He also discusses his love for Beirut and how the group's ateliers will never leave Lebanon's capital city.

  • Bringing fashion education to the Middle East

    Elie Saab, founder and chairman of the fashion label that carries his name, discusses his plan to bring a fashion degree into the Arab world and his inspirations as a young designer.

  • 'I prefer to stay in luxury': Elie Saab

    CNBC follows Elie Saab, founder and chairman of the fashion label that carries his name, to his Paris studios to take a closer look at the preparation for his catwalk show.

  • What makes Elie Saab so successful

    With hours to go before the collection debuts, CNBC goes backstage to talk to models and staff about Elie Saab's look and vision.

  •  Elie Saab: 'We want to have an IPO'

    The end of a catwalk show is a "magic moment" says Elie Saab, founder and chairman of the fashion label that carries his name, adding that his vision for the brand's future includes an IPO.

  • Kizad CEO on the Abu Dhabi Economic Plan 2030

    Khaled Salmeen al Kawari, CEO and managing director of Kizad, explains how the group is working on the Abu Dhabi's Economic Plan 2030 - created to diversify the Emirate's economy.

  • Kizad developed 'plug and play' model: CEO

    Khaled Salmeen al Kawari, CEO and managing director of Kizad, says that the group allows new ventures in Abu Dhabi to "plug and play" by providing the infrastructure and legal framework they need.

  • Kizad CEO: 'The market is very solid'

    Kizad combines an off-shore port and an integrated industrial zone allowing 100 percent foreign-owned businesses to operate. CEO and managing director, Khaled Salmeen al Kawari, discusses the outlook.