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  • How to make a city smart     Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    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.

  • Dubai is 'already smart': Cisco     Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    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.

  • How we'll commute in future smart cities     Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    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.

  • Energy efficiency: Dubai is politically willing     Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    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.

  • Why Dubai is in 'a unique position'     Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    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.

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  • Elie Saab: From Beirut to Paris catwalks     Sunday, 21 Sep 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    CNBC retraces Elie Saab's beginnings from middle-class boy in war-torn Lebanon to "creative genius" and self-made businessman.

  • 'My heart and life' are in Beirut: Elie Saab     Sunday, 21 Sep 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    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.

  • 'I prefer to stay in luxury': Elie Saab     Sunday, 21 Sep 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    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.

  • What makes Elie Saab so successful     Sunday, 21 Sep 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    With hours to go before the collection debuts, CNBC goes backstage to talk to models and staff about Elie Saab's look and vision.

  • Elie Saab: 'We want to have an IPO'     Sunday, 21 Sep 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    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.

  • Khaled Salmeen al Kawari, CEO and managing director of Kizad, explains how the group is working on the Abu Dhabi's Economic Plan 2030 - created to diversify the Emirate's economy.

  • Kizad developed 'plug and play' model: CEO     Sunday, 7 Sep 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    Khaled Salmeen al Kawari, CEO and managing director of Kizad, says that the group allows new ventures in Abu Dhabi to "plug and play" by providing the infrastructure and legal framework they need.

  • Kizad CEO: 'The market is very solid'     Sunday, 7 Sep 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    Kizad combines an off-shore port and an integrated industrial zone allowing 100 percent foreign-owned businesses to operate. CEO and managing director, Khaled Salmeen al Kawari, discusses the outlook.

  • Omar Alghanim responds to hacking allegations     Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    Private family matters "ought to stay within the family", Omar Alghanim, CEO of Alghanim Industries tells CNBC about the feud between his father and his uncle over the division of the business.

  • Omar Alghanim, CEO of Alghanim Industries discusses the company's performance over the last few years and says annual growth has average 9 to 10 percent over the last five years.

  • Alghanim Industries' consumer facing businesses are the most exciting aspect of the business, says Omar Alghanim, CEO of Alghanim Industries.

  • Omar Alghanim, CEO of Alghanim Industries, says Kuwait is going through some "teething pains" at the moment but that the country has a "very stable" political system.

  • Omar Alghanim, CEO of Alghanim Industries, says that growing up in one of Kuwait's wealthiest families brought home a sense of responsibility to bring about change and engage with youth.

Past Episodes

  • Why Agility is bullish on Iraq     Sunday, 10 Aug 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    Agility is very bullish on opportunities in Iraq explains Tarek Sultan, CEO of Agility, as the country has a "history of under-investment" and a lot of pent-up demand.

  • Agility CEO on Asian growth targets     Sunday, 10 Aug 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    Agility CEO, Tarek Sultan tells CNBC that its outlook for Asian emerging markets is very bullish and that it has "ambitious growth objectives" for the coming years in the region.

  • The opportunity for Agility to tap into the China story "will only increase" says Tarek Sultan, CEO of Agility - in particular due to China's investment in Africa.

  • Is Kuwait's public sector too large?     Sunday, 10 Aug 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    Tarek Sultan, CEO of Agility, says Kuwait needs to invest in its education and infrastructure. He also comments on the size of the country's public sector.

  • Kuwait regulation: 'Too much, too soon'?     Sunday, 10 Aug 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    Agility CEO, Tarek Sultan, comments on the latest Kuwaiti corporate governance laws and on the investment climate in the country.

  • Agility 'very confident' going forward: CEO     Sunday, 10 Aug 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    Tarek Sultan, CEO of Agility, discusses the group's on-going legal case with the U.S. government and how the company is "refocusing" on emerging markets.

  • Zain CEO on relationship with shareholders     Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    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.

  • Zain trying to expand regional footprint: CEO     Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    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.

  • 'Expect a lot of growth' from Iraq: Zain CEO     Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    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?     Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    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.

  • Why Zain is not focusing on sub-Saharan Africa     Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    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.

  • Can telcos compete with OTT apps?     Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    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.

  • Surviving the Kuwaiti summer     Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    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     Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    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.

  • Bahrain fund open to McLaren stake sale     Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    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.

  • 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.

  • Is Kuwait's 'welfare' restricting the economy?     Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    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.

  • Arab Spring impact on KIPCO very limited     Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    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.

  • Kuwaitis are entrepreneurs: KIPCO vice-chairman     Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    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.

  • Egypt economy breakthrough to happen in 2016     Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    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.

  • Consumer lending next growth driver for CIB     Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    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.

  • Egypt needs 'to go back to work': CIB chairman     Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    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.

  • Our history makes us national hero: Telecom Egypt     Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • 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.

  • ADIB eyes North Africa, Mashriq for expansion     Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    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.

  • Does Islamic finance lower systemic risk?     Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    A popular focus of emerging scholarly literature looks at whether Islamic finance offers any systemic benefits to the global economy. Tirad Mahmoud, the chief executive of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, details the defining trends of the business

  • Air Arabia changed people's lives: CEO     Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    Air Arabia was founded in 2003 to become to region's first low cost airline. In an exclusive interview with CNBC, the firm's CEO Adel Ali recounts the difficulties of the early days and the rationale behind becoming the flag carrier of Ras Al Khaimah.

  • Where will Air Arabia expand to next?     Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    The International Air Transport Association forsees the Middle East and the Asia Pacific to see the strongest passenger growth. Adel Ali, CEO of budget airline Air Arabia discusses expansion plan and heavyweight carriers of the region.

  • In an exclusive conversation with CNBC, Air Arabia CEO Adel Ali, shares his outlook for the aviation industry, and what an ideal work-life balance looks like to him.

About Access: Middle East

  • From top CEOs and companies, to entrepreneurs and philanthropists, Yousef Gamal El-Din and Hadley Gamble profile the men and women shaping the Middle East's global ambitions. "Access: Middle East" airs on CNBC’s networks across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and in the U.S.

 

  • "Access: Middle East" and "Access: Africa" Host

  • Hadley Gamble is a reporter and producer responsible for business news coverage from the MENA region.

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