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.
As the eternal battle to secure aircraft orders continues, Boeing’s newest product, the 787 Dreamliner, landed in the United Arab Emirates for the 2011 round of the Dubai Airshow. It is the first time the plane is shown to the Middle East public with a readied mockup interior.
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Oil market traders often deal with contrasting sources of information in their quest to find real production numbers and the slightest hint of where prices may be headed. Another case in point is the release of the latest August production and intake data by the producer-consumer energy dialogue, known as the Joint Data Initiative (JODI).
The thought of investing in Iraq may make some investors cringe, but others argue the situation is changing on the ground. Given the euro zone debt jitters, a weaker outlook for the US economy and fears of some emerging markets overheating, it may be worth a consideration.
The holy month of Ramadan is set to begin in the Arab World on Monday, and this year it arrives with a somewhat unique trading cocktail of post-revolution political ambiguities and global economic uncertainties. It may be the worst performing emerging market so far this year (down 29.7%), but that never stood in the way of profitable equity strategies.
As Saudi Arabia continues to grow rapidly, the dilemma of sufficiently meeting domestic and international crude oil demand becomes one that would lend credence to believers in higher prices down the line, experts and analysts told CNBC.
The Central Bank of Turkey (CBT) has kept interest rates unchanged at a record low of 6.25 percent, in line with analyst expectations. It underscored that it may narrow the interest rate corridor gradually if global growth concerns and “sovereign debt problems regarding some European economies” dent risk appetite.
Saudi banks, often viewed as a benchmark for the region, have been struggling to shrug off the overhang from the 2008 financial crisis, and have been hit in particular by the more than $20 billion in loan defaults by the two family-owned businesses of Saad and Al-Gosaibi.
Samer Khoury, president of the Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), discusses the challenges facing businesses in the Middle East due to political instability.
The chief executive of Qatar's largest private commercial bank, R Seetharaman tells CNBC how he plans to reclaim lost market share and go global.
As many governments struggle to provide quality in the classroom, global private education provider GEMS is looking to expand aggressively. The firm's chairman, Sunny Varkey, outlines the long-term goals and explains why making profit from running schools is not a bad thing.