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Access: Middle East: Episodes

  • 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.

  • Telecom Egypt on 2011 internet shutdown Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | 7:00 PM ET
    Telecom Egypt on 2011 internet shutdown

    In an exclusive interview with CNBC, Mohamed El-Nawawy, CEO of Telecom Egypt, relives the moments around the controversial decision to cut Egypt off the Internet on January 28, 2011.

  • Egypt: 'The situation has definitely changed' Wednesday, 14 May 2014 | 7:00 PM ET
    Egypt: 'The situation has definitely changed'

    Karim Awad, co-CEO of EFG Hermes, reflects on how Egypt's turmoil has affected the firm since 2011, and why he believes the new political beginning holds plenty of opportunities for investors.

  • Saudi, UAE to drive EFG Hermes growth Wednesday, 14 May 2014 | 7:00 PM ET
    Saudi, UAE to drive EFG Hermes growth

    EFG Hermes is looking to secure 60 percent its investment banking revenue from abroad. In an exclusive interview with CNBC, co-CEO Karim Awad details where he plans to take the firm next.

  • EFG Hermes responds to misconduct allegations Wednesday, 14 May 2014 | 7:00 PM ET
    EFG Hermes responds to misconduct allegations

    Egypt ranks in the bottom tier of the Corruption Perceptions Index. The co-CEO of Egypt's largest investment bank, Karim Awad, says it is possible to do business without bribing corrupt officials.

  • Egypt national elections offer hope: EFG co-head Wednesday, 14 May 2014 | 7:03 AM ET
    Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi

    The co-chief executive of EFG Hermes told CNBC that Egypt was undergoing political rejuvenation, meaning it had a lot to offer investors.

  • UAE hit by property bubble fears despite PMI high Tuesday, 6 May 2014 | 10:29 AM ET

    The United Arab Emirates' monthly purchasing manager's index rose to an all-time high, fueling fears of a repeat of the 2009 property bubble.

  • ADIB eyes North Africa, Mashriq for expansion Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | 7:00 PM ET
    Sharia banking: 'Not about religion'

    In 2013, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank acquired Barclay's UAE retail operations for a price tag of $177 million. CEO Tirad Mahmoud clarifies the benefits of the deal, and why the bank's business model does not depend on pious consumers.

  • 'Islamic banks engage in the real economy': ADIB CEO Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | 7:00 PM ET
    'Islamic banks engage in the real economy': ADIB CEO

    Abu Dhabi Islamic Banks is one of the largest Sharia-compliant lenders in the region. The company's CEO, Tirad Mahmoud, joins the conversation on what Islamic finance is about, industry regulation and the culture of risk taking.