Access: Middle East


  • At a time when Gulf carriers have effectively redrawn the balance of power in the aviation industry, Etihad Airways is showing no signs of slowing down its global expansion. And part of that strategy remains focused on buying minority equity stakes in other airlines, the company’s President and CEO, James Hogan, told CNBC’s “Access: Middle East.”

  • Access Middle East: Part Two- New Media

    As CNBC looks at the risks and opportunities facing the media industry in the Arab World, Princess Rym Ali of Jordan, founder of the Jordan Media Institute (JMI), shares her views on the rise of social media.

  • Access Middle East: Part Three- New Media

    Tapping into the region's digital generation is both a challenge and an opportunity for media content providers. Robert Kyncl, head of global content for YouTube, Fahad Khan, founder of One Public, and Saad Mohseni of the MOBY Group provide some additional perspective.

  • Access Middle East: Part One- New Media

    The revolution in digital technology is posing a major challenge to traditional forms of media. CNBC looks at the regional implications with Alec Ross, senior advisor for Innovation at the US State Department, Parag Khanna, director at the New America Foundation and media scholars Zahera Harb and Matt Duffy.

  • Social Media Giants Leap Into Arab World

    Popular social media platforms including the likes of Twitter and Facebook were pushed further into the limelight with the onset of the Arab Spring. The increased adoption of powerful communication tools holds prospects for businesses to grow, while keeping the pressure on regional governments to liberalize, analysts have told CNBC.

  • Access Middle East: Part Three-Riad Kamal

    In an exclusive interview, Riad Kamal chairman of Arabtec Construction tells CNBC that the company's revenues derived mostly from Gulf projects in 2011 and while Arabtec Construction is looking to grow by at least 15 percent per year, for now, that expansion is going to focus more on the region rather than beyond.

  • Access Middle East: Part One- Riad Kamal

    From the iconic Burj Khalifa to the largest women's university in the world, Arabtec Construction projects dominate Gulf city skylines. In an exclusive interview with CNBC, Riad Kamal, chairman of Arabtec Construction, explains why Dubai had to suffer 2009, and what the growing influence of Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund Aabar means for the company.

  • Access Middle East: Part Two- Riad Kamal

    Arabtec Construction has been involved in many of the Dubai's most iconic projects. The company's chairman, Riad Kamal, reveals how the world's tallest building came to be and shows CNBC some of the latest works in progress.

  • Despite Dubai Recovery, Some Firms Look Beyond Burj

    Dubai’s recovery is happening, at least that’s what stakeholders and data points are showing. And yet, for some an overreliance on Dubai before the crisis means that if one lesson has been learned, it’s that more geographical diversity is key.

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    Turkey may be a net energy importer, but its geostrategic location in serving as an “energy corridor” means a further escalation with neighbor Syria could reverberate to market prices and weigh on energy investments, analysts have told CNBC.

  • Access Middle East: Part Two- Youssef Al Shelash

    In an exclusive interview, Youssef Al Shelash, the Chairman of Saudi Arabia's largest listed property developer, tells CNBC more about where the opportunities are in the Kingdom. Plus, an inside look at Dar Al-Arkan's latest mega-mall project, and the possibility of expanding beyond national borders.

  • Access Middle East: Part Three- Youssef Al Shelash

    Driven by strong oil revenues, the rapid evolution engulfing Saudi Arabia today shows no signs of slowing down. Dar Al-Arkan Chairman Youssef Al Shelash sheds light on some of the problems the world's top oil exporter is facing.

  • Access Middle East: Part One- Youssef Al Shelash

    One of the companies set to benefit from the Saudi Arabia's construction boom is Dar Al-Arkan, the country's largest listed property developer. In an exclusive interview, Chairman Youssef Al Shelash explained how government stimulus spending was affecting the business and why the new mortgage law is a game changer.

  • Main roads in Riyadh are decorated with national flags and portraits of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia on February 21, 2011 amid preparations to welcome the Saudi royal back as he is expected to return home later this week after convalescing in Morocco from operations in New York, according to a source close to the oil-rich Gulf monarchy. AFP PHOTO/FAYEZ NURELDINE (Photo credit should read FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

    A sense of optimism prevails among players in the real estate market of the world’s top oil exporter. For good reason: In less than two years, several key developments in Saudi Arabia have come together, which will create a wealth of opportunities for years to come, analysts have told CNBC.

  • World in Hand

    Following the acquisition of Aureos Capital, the Middle East’s largest private equity firm is poised to stretch further into the developing world, particularly in the sometimes-underrated African markets, according to Abraaj Chief Executive Officer Arif Naqvi.

  • Maslak is a neighborhood and one of the main business districts of Istanbul, Turkey.

    The chairman of Sabanci Holding, one of Turkey’s most powerful family-run conglomerates, said no decision had yet been made on the fate of its joint venture with Europe’s largest retailer, Carrefour.

  • Bank Metallic Sign

    The chairman of one of Dubai’s best-known family-owned conglomerates is not considering investing in European banks again following a disappointing run as a stakeholder of Barclays.

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    An escalation in the euro zone debt crisis, and particularly economic conditions in Greece, would have major consequences for revenues and profitability, Emirates Airline President Tim Clark told CNBC’s “Access: Middle East.”

  • CCC CEO Is Bullish in Former Soviet Rebpublics

    Samer Khoury, president of Consolidated Contractors Company, is looking for growth in the gas pipelines of Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan.

About Access: Middle East

  • From top CEOs and companies, to entrepreneurs and philanthropists, Hadley Gamble profiles 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.


  • Hadley Gamble

    Hadley Gamble is CNBC's Anchor based in Abu Dhabi. Hadley anchors Capital Connection from CNBC's Middle East Headquarters based within Abu Dhabi Global Markets