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CNBC'S "BIG MONEY IN THE MIDDLE EAST" WILL PREMIERE ON THURSDAY, APRIL 8TH

"Big Money in the Middle East," reported by CNBC's Erin Burnett, will premiere on Thursday, April 8th at 8pm ET.

"Big Money in the Middle East": American investors have nearly 10% of their portfolios invested in emerging markets and CNBC goes hunting for the best markets for your money. While America took a big hit during the financial crisis, Middle Eastern economies grew. The region is home to the fastest growing youth population in the world, the most oil and gas reserves and trillions of cold, hard, cash - the most flush funds in the world.

CNBC gathers an exclusive panel of billionaires betting big on the region to talk opportunity and, for the first time, the big risks of putting money in the Middle East. Joining Burnett is the richest man in Egypt and all of Africa. The other? A self-made American billionaire.

And, for the first time, Arab and Israeli entrepreneurs - side by side - on why innovation is key for the region ...and why the Arab world has lagged Israel.

All this, from one of the wonders of the world - Petra, Jordan - a city that once rivaled Rome as the world's financial capital.

"Big Money in the Middle East" - possibly the ultimate opportunity for your money.

About CNBC:
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