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Access: Middle East: Episodes

  • 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
    A McLaren P1

    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.

  • Is Kuwait's 'welfare' restricting the economy? Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 7:00 PM ET
    Is Kuwait's 'welfare' restricting the economy?

    Kuwait Projects Co (KIPCO) is one of the biggest diversified holding companies in the MENA region. Faisal Al Ayyar, the firm's Vice Chairman, criticizes Kuwait's low productivity, and says its oil wealth turned into a curse.

  • How Dubai lures tourist to its luxury paradise Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 | 7:00 PM ET
    How Dubai lures tourist to its luxury paradise

    Once a desert emirate, Dubai has transformed itself into one of the world's top luxury holiday hotspots. But how has it been able to transform?

  • Jordan to see 'huge jump' in renewables: King Abdullah II

    King Abdullah II of Jordan discusses the country's investment in renewables and how it is moving to a more sustainable energy mix.

  • Arab Spring impact on KIPCO very limited Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 7:00 PM ET
    Arab Spring impact on KIPCO very limited

    In exclusive interview with CNBC, Faisal Al Ayyar, Vice Chairman of KIPCO, reflects on the firm's core subsidiaries, expansion plans and the situation in Iraq.

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

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

  • Kuwaitis are entrepreneurs: KIPCO vice-chairman Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 7:00 PM ET
    Kuwaitis are entrepreneurs: KIPCO vice-chairman

    KIPCO Vice Chairman Faisal Al Ayyar looks back at the day when Iraqi soldiers marched into the capital in 1990, and how it affected the business. Plus, why opportunities for foreign investors in the oil-rich nation remain limited.

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

    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 economy breakthrough to happen in 2016

    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
    Egypt needs 'to go back to work': CIB chairman

    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
    Consumer lending next growth driver for CIB

    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
    Our history makes us national hero: Telecom Egypt

    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
    Why Egypt is crucial to global Internet

    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.