Access: Middle East: Episodes

  • 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.

  • Is a Saudi sovereign wealth fund on the cards?

    Saudi Arabia's Finance Minister Ibrahim Abdulaziz Al-Assaf outlines current investments and plays down the call for the establishment of a sovereign wealth fund.

  • Omar Alghanim responds to hacking allegations

    Full interview here: http://www.cnbc.com/id/47984825 Private family matters "ought to stay within the family", Omar Alghanim, CEO of Alghanim Industries tells CNBC about the feud between his father and his uncle over the division of the business.

  • Kuwait 'only functioning democracy' in Gulf: CEO

    Omar Alghanim, CEO of Alghanim Industries, says Kuwait is going through some "teething pains" at the moment but that the country has a "very stable" political system.

  • Agility 'very confident' going forward: CEO

    Tarek Sultan, CEO of Agility, discusses the group's on-going legal case with the U.S. government and how the company is "refocusing" on emerging markets.

  • Why consumer-facing businesses are more 'exciting'

    Alghanim Industries' consumer facing businesses are the most exciting aspect of the business, says Omar Alghanim, CEO of Alghanim Industries.

  • Egyptian president on vision of 'new Egypt'

    Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, says the "new Egypt" will be a country of peace and "civilization".

  • Treatment of women improving: Saudi Fin Min

    Saudi Arabia's Finance Minister Ibrahim Abdulaziz Al-Assaf says significant progress has been made in regards to women's treatment, but there is still a long way to go.

  • Why Agility is bullish on Iraq

    Agility is very bullish on opportunities in Iraq explains Tarek Sultan, CEO of Agility, as the country has a "history of under-investment" and a lot of pent-up demand.