Access: Middle East: Episodes

  • Turkey's growth will be slow: Pro

    Tarek Shahin from Investec Asset Management, and Sinana Ulgen from Carnegie Europe, discuss the prospects for Turkey's economy.

  • Zain CEO on relationship with shareholders

    The Kuwait Investment Authority has a big stake in Zain. Scott Gegenheimer, CEO of Zain talks to CNBC about their relationship but also about the recent Kuwait governmental struggles.

  • Here's why the EU needs Turkey

    Anthony Skinner from Verisk Maplecroft says the European Union needs Turkey on its side in order to deal with certain geopolitical conflicts.

  • Zain trying to expand regional footprint: CEO

    Zain is trying to expand its regional footprint by looking at other telco companies but also at areas the group is not in today, such as data centers and fibre, Scott Gegenheimer, CEO of Zain tells CNBC.

  • 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.

  • 'Expect a lot of growth' from Iraq: Zain CEO

    There are a lot of potential opportunities for growth in Iraq, says Zain CEO, Scott Gegenheimer, adding that at the moment, the regulatory environment is "slowing things down".

  • 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

    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 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.

  • 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.

  • BiTaksi's challenges in Istanbul

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

  • 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.

  • Modanisa founder on expansion plan challenges

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

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.