Home to the most extensive retail space on the planet, Dubai has the capacity to pack in the shops. But locals are also spending on luxury abroad, a lucrative opportunity as Desiree Bollier, CEO of Value Retail, explains.
The UAE and Saudi Arabia big drivers for the InterContinental Hotels Group, the world's largest hotel by number of rooms. Richard Solomons, the firm's CEO, discusses the drivers of regional demand, and why Africa is not on his priority list.
For investors looking to enter the MENA region, factors like location, population and market size matter. But what about red tape? Fadi Arbid, CEO of Amwal AlKhaleej, and Ali Tabbara, Managing Director at UTC Nexia International, go through the pros and cons of doing business in the region.
Two years on from the Arab Spring, Egypt's travel and tourism sector is struggling. Islam Mahdy, CEO at Credence, reflects on how the turmoil has altered his strategy.
The UAE ranks second in the region in the World Bank / IFC Doing Business report. But Sunil Lalvani, group managing director at Global Products Group, says there is still room for improvement.
Badr Jafar, CEO of Crescent Enterprises, tells CNBC that the lack of investment in entrepreneurship, the poor access to capital by SMEs and the red tape involved in setting up a business in the Arab World are slowing youth employment in the region.
Abdul Malik Al-Jaber, founder and chairman of MENA Apps, says the Middle East needs to improve its regulatory framework and modify its culture to allow young people to create their own businesses.
Iyad Malas, CEO of Majid Al Futtaim, tells CNBC that people in the Middle East are overlooking industries where there are a lot of job opportunities, as they don't believe they offer good career prospects.
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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.
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.