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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • DP World can do better: Chairman     Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    DP World is the third largest port operator in the world. Chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem explains to CNBC why he has faith in the British economy and which other markets the firm is eyeing for expansion

  • Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World, puts the aggressive growth of neighbouring oil-rich Abu Dhabi in context, and shares his thoughts on Dubai's property bubble that burst spectacularly in 2009.

  • Technology is 'key' for DP World: Chairman     Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    In an exclusive interview with CNBC, DP World chief Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem reveals what he sees as the defining future trends of the industry, and why he loves the property market.

  • Dubai is 'safe haven for the region': Singer     Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 8:00 PM ET

    Jeffrey Singer, CEO of the Dubai International Financial Center, explains what growth he foresees for the recovering Emirate as a global finance hub, and how geopolitical turmoil nearby has changed the equation.

  • In 2013, the UAE was upgraded to emerging market status by index compiler MSCI. DIFC chief Jeffrey Singer tells CNBC in an exclusive interview what's next in the pipeline, and reveals his view on the rising competition from neighbouring Abu Dhabi.

  • Why China is pivotal for Dubai     Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 8:00 PM ET

    China plays a pivotal role in driving capital through Dubai. DIFC CEO Jeffrey Singer details the scenarios that will create significant opportunities for expansion. Plus, his top tip on how to take a break from work.

  • Alabbar: We are all for regional stability     Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    In an exclusive interview from the World Economic Forum, Emaar Chairman Mohammed Alabbar tells Access: Middle East why he's looking forward to a rapprochement with Iran, plus where he sees growth opportunities for Emaar.

  • Alabbar: Diversification is a must for Emaar     Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    As the Davos Conversations continue, Access: Middle East takes an exclusive tour of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, with Emaar Chairman Mohammad Alabbar.

  • As our exclusive interview with Mohammad Alabbar concludes, we take a closer look at the world's biggest shopping mall as the Chairman answers questions about a possible IPO, plus where Emaar is going next.

  • Join Access: Middle East from the World Economic Forum as we sit down with the CEO of Crescent Enterprises, Badr Jafar.

  • Badr Jafar, President of UAE-based Crescent Petroleum, gives Access: Middle East his outlook for oil markets as the Davos Conversations continue.

  • Jafar: Cultural diplomacy is powerful     Sunday, 23 Feb 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    Badr Jafar tells Access: Middle East about the powerful role cultural diplomacy can play, plus opportunities for Gulftainer in the United States as Access: Middle East, the Davos Conversations concludes.

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.

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  • Showtimes

    Show Airs Every Fortnight

    CNBC in the UAE (OrbitSN) UAE Times

    Wednesday 20.00

    Friday 01.00

    Saturday 10.00 & 15.30

    Sunday 15.30 & 19.30


    CNBC in EMEA CET Times

    Thursday 23.00

    Saturday 08.00 & 13.30

    Sunday 13.30 & 17.30


    CNBC World EST Times

    Monday 21.30

    Saturday 19.00

    Sunday 07.00


    CNBC in Asia-Pacific SIN/HK Times

    Saturday 17:30

    Sunday 08.30 & 20:30

 

  • "Access: Middle East" Host

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

Access: Middle East: More Episodes

Showtimes

Show Airs Every Fortnight

CNBC in the UAE (OrbitSN) UAE Times

Wednesday 20.00

Friday 01.00

Saturday 10.00 & 15.30

Sunday 15.30 & 19.30


CNBC in EMEA CET Times

Thursday 23.00

Saturday 08.00 & 13.30

Sunday 13.30 & 17.30


CNBC World EST Times

Monday 21.30

Saturday 19.00

Sunday 07.00


CNBC in Asia-Pacific SIN/HK Times

Saturday 17:30

Sunday 08.30 & 20:30