The United Arab Emirates (UAE) government has drawn up plans to introduce a new sales tax and corporation tax amid low global oil prices.
For this edition of “Access: Middle East,” CNBC’s Hadley Gamble visits Art Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.
At Art Dubai, over 90 galleries pitched their wares and 30 came from the MENA region. CNBC caught up with a few of the galleries to find out how important the event is in their annual calendar.
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.
To start our journey through Art Dubai, CNBC caught up with the fair's director, Antonia Carver.
CNBC talks to Fabian Lang about the artwork on display at Art Dubai.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CNBC retraces Elie Saab's beginnings from middle-class boy in war-torn Lebanon to "creative genius" and self-made businessman.
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.
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.
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.
With hours to go before the collection debuts, CNBC goes backstage to talk to models and staff about Elie Saab's look and vision.
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.