Yousef Gamal El-Din is the host of CNBC's Access: Middle East. He is also the channel's regional correspondent and regularly contributes analysis for CNBC.com.
Although based in Dubai, Yousef travels across the Middle East and North Africa in pursuit of market moving stories. He has reported on major events throughout the Arab World for CNBC's signature programs, from Squawk Box to Closing Bell.
At the peak of the violent 2011 and 2013 uprisings in Egypt, Yousef was on the ground in Tahrir Square, providing unprecedented coverage for the network in the toughest of circumstances. His coverage of the Arab Spring, financial markets, and the region's economic trends have been an important component of CNBC programing.
He has also been on assignment for NBC News and MSNBC,appearing on programs such as "Nightly News with Brian Williams", the top network evening newscast in the United States.
When not on-air, Yousef often moderates at conferences and private sessions, including the World Economic Forum.
In more than six years of live television, Yousef has interviewed top regional and international leaders in politics and business.For two years, he co-anchored Capital Connection, a daily show serving as the bridge between markets in Asia, Europe and the US. Prior to joining CNBC in early 2010, Yousef was an anchor for Egyptian Television.
Yousef graduated Summa Cum Laude from the American University in Cairo, with both a B.A. and M.A. in journalism. A native of the region, he is fluent in English, Arabic, German and formerly, French.
The sudden spike in oil prices following Thursday's report of a pipeline explosion in Saudi Arabia highlights how nervous traders are about turmoil in the region.
Iranians head to the polls on Friday for the first time since disputed presidential elections in 2009, and although most experts do not believe this week's parliamentary elections will witness similar tension, it may still prove a crucial turning point in a domestic power struggle that has been in the making for years.
US-Israeli relations are expected to come under further pressure during a Washington visit by a high-level delegation from the Israeli government, to include Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak next Monday.
The world’s top oil exporter, Saudi Arabia, appears to have cut both its oil production and export in December, according to the latest update by the Joint Organizations Data Initiative (JODI), an official source of oil production, consumption and export data.
In a renewed effort to secure answers about the scope of Iran's nuclear program, inspectors from International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are expected to return to Tehran this week.
Ratings agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P) on Tuesday pointed to increased risks for issuers in the Middle East as the spiraling tensions between Iran and the West showed no sign of slowing down. Although the agency believed that the risks were already accounted for in its current ratings, it cautioned that a reassessment depended on how the situation developed.
As many observers had expected, Russia and China used their veto privileges to block the latest attempt by members of the United Nations Security Council to take concrete measures to stop the bloodshed in Syria.
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Samer Khoury, president of the Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), discusses the challenges facing businesses in the Middle East due to political instability.
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