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Access: Middle East: Episodes

  • Turkey gas pipeline from Russia: A game changer? Sunday, 18 Jan 2015 | 7:00 PM ET
    Turkey gas pipeline from Russia: A game changer?

    Analysts discuss whether a gas pipeline through Turkey from Russia will be a game changer for its energy mix.

  • Saudi Arabia: Should Zain still be bullish? Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 PM ET
    Saudi Arabia: Should Zain still be bullish?

    Zain has "invested heavily" in Saudi Arabia to turn its business around. But the environment and competition are tough, Zain CEO, Scott Gegenheimer says, wishing the local regulator was more supportive.

  • Modanisa: Meet the fashion brand for Islamic women Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 7:00 PM ET
    Modanisa: Meet the fashion brand for Islamic women

    Kerim Ture, founder of Modanisa, discusses why he started the company making clothes designed for Muslim women and how he plans to take advantage of the ecommerce boom.

  • Why Zain is not focusing on sub-Saharan Africa Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 PM ET
    Why Zain is not focusing on sub-Saharan Africa

    The sale of Zain┬┐s stakes in firms in sub-Saharan Africa was "the right decision", says Scott Gegenheimer, Zain CEO. Profitability and the ability to grow the business are better in the MENA region, he explained.

  • Why Turkey is on an SME charm offensive Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 7:00 PM ET
    Why Turkey is on an SME charm offensive

    Small- and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of the Turkish economy, and the government is doing all it can to boost the sector, CNBC's Hadley Gamble reports.

  • Can telcos compete with OTT apps? Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 PM ET
    Can telcos compete with OTT apps?

    The industry is still trying to work out how to make money from Over The Top content applications, Scott Gegenheimer, CEO of Zain, tells CNBC.

  • BiTaksi's challenges in Istanbul Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 7:00 PM ET
    BiTaksi's challenges in Istanbul

    Turancan Salur, business development manager at BiTaksi, talks about the challenges of operating a taxi service in Istanbul.

  • Surviving the Kuwaiti summer Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 PM ET
    Surviving the Kuwaiti summer

    For an expat, the Kuwaiti summer is tough, the CEO of Zain, Scott Gegenheimer tells CNBC, adding that when he retires, he is unlikely to stay in the country.

  • Modanisa founder on expansion plan challenges Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 7:00 PM ET
    Modanisa founder on expansion plan challenges

    Kerim Ture, founder of Modanisa, says the company faces infrastructure challenges when looking to expand.

  • Mumtalakat 'very bullish' on Europe Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 7:00 PM ET
    Mumtalakat 'very bullish' on Europe

    Bahrain's sovereign wealth fund Mumtalakat was set up in 2006. CEO Mahmood Al Kooheji explains the company's investment philosophy and what kind of returns he is looking for.

  • Meet BiTaksi, Turkey's answer to Uber Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 7:00 PM ET
    Meet BiTaksi, Turkey's answer to Uber

    Nazim Salur, founder and CEO of BiTaksi, discusses why he started the taxi app that connects drivers to users, the company's growth, and the start-up environment in Turkey.

  • Bahrain fund open to McLaren stake sale Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 7:00 PM ET
    Bahrain fund open to McLaren stake sale

    Mumtalakat owns a large stake in British automaker McLaren. In an exclusive interview with CNBC, the firm's chief executive Mahmood Al Kooheji admits that while not a "trophy" asset, the investment has yet to fully live up to its potential.

  • Here's why you don't want to break the law in Dubai Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 | 7:00 PM ET
    Here's why you don't want to break the law in Dubai

    Dubai's police supercars can be seen patrolling the streets of the emirate. Here's how law enforcement deals with tourists who break the law.

  • Alba still has 'huge potential' to capture market Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 7:00 PM ET
    Alba still has 'huge potential' to capture market

    Mumtalakat portfolio includes Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), one of the largest aluminium smelters in the world. Mahmood Al Kooheji, chief executive of the Bahrain sovereign wealth fund, unveils what else is in the pipeline. Plus, how the political turmoil has affected the economy since 2011.

  • Dubai Tourism CEO on plans to boost tourist numbers Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 | 7:00 PM ET
    Dubai Tourism CEO on plans to boost tourist numbers

    Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Tourism, says the country wants to welcome everyone, but visitors need to be mindful of the laws and cultural traditions.

  • Bahrain fund open to McLaren stake offers Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 7:58 AM ET

    The chief executive of Bahrain's sovereign wealth fund, Mumtalakat Holding Company, said a sale of the luxury sports car group was still an option.

  • A look into the luxury nightclubs of Dubai Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 | 7:00 PM ET
    A look into the luxury nightclubs of Dubai

    Despite being a Muslim country, Dubai has one of the hottest nightclub scenes. CNBC looks at how the country operates its nightlife.

  • Iraq still shows promise: KIPCO head Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 | 8:55 AM ET

    The vice-chairman of Kuwait Projects Co remains positive on the longer-term outlook for Iraq.

  • How Dubai weathered the 2009 crisis Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 | 7:00 PM ET
    How Dubai weathered the 2009 crisis

    Dubai was hit hard by the global economic crisis in 2009 with major projects halted, but the emirate has since bounced back with tourist numbers set to boom.

  • Kerry warns Iran: 'This deal can go either way' Sunday, 5 Jul 2015 | 4:49 PM ET
    Secretary of State John Kerry (L) speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin before a bilateral meeting at the presidential residence of Bocharov Ruchey in Sochi, Russia May 12, 2015.

    Secretary of State John Kerry warned Iran that hard choices were needed to seal a nuclear accord, and that the U.S. was prepared to walk away.