Starting from scratch: George Azar

Starting from scratch: George Azar

George Azar might have had one of the world’s most celebrated brands behind him when he launched a new property agency last year, but the former banker still had plenty to do to get Sotheby’s International Realty up and running.

Smooth talker: tycoon Kabir Mulchandani

Smooth talker: tycoon Kabir Mulchandani

As the world reacted to the Chinese crisis, Kabir Mulchandani was signing up some of the country’s biggest banks to help fund his future ventures. The Dubai-based Indian property tycoon explains why he’s not concerned by the crisis and why there is no shortage of money flowing from Beijing to the Gulf for the right projects

Expert timing

Expert timing

Swiss watches are a staple of the region’s luxury market, with millions of timepieces entering the Middle East every year. Hublot is one brand which is riding the crest of this wave in the GCC, having recently opened its second boutique in Dubai. Hublot’s chairman of the board, and legend of the watch world, Jean Claude Biver explains why Dubai is such a key market for the brand, and what traditional watch companies need to do in the wake of the smart watch boom.

The Gift Concierge: The “it way” to luxury gifting?

The Gift Concierge: The “it way” to luxury gifting?

Q&A with founder Christianna Tsiterou

Sweet dreams: chocolate boutique owner Isabelle Jaouen

Sweet dreams: chocolate boutique owner Isabelle Jaouen

The founder of Forrey & Galland explains why there’s no business like the chocolate business.

Five Minutes with… Bahrain's first female bodybuilder

Five Minutes with… Bahrain's first female bodybuilder

Haifa Almusawi on her end goal, why body building is a lifestyle, and how it taught her to be a successful individual

Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair: The UAE's top banker on the road ahead for the sector

Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair: The UAE's top banker on the road ahead for the sector

In an exclusive interview, the chairman of the UAE Banks Federation and CEO of Mashreq Bank, one of the country’s largest private banks, talks candidly about acquisitions, the lack of a savings culture in the UAE, and the challenges that face the lender going forward.

“I really believe this will turn out to be the most extraordinary project ever developed in the Middle East,” says the man behind Abu Dhabi’s newest and most exclusive mall complex

“I really believe this will turn out to be the most extraordinary project ever developed in the Middle East,” says the man behind Abu Dhabi’s newest and most exclusive mall complex

Ken Himmel, explains why Al Maryah Central can attract 20 million visitors a year by the time it is completed in 2018.

Five minutes with… English golfer Justin Rose

Five minutes with… English golfer Justin Rose

Rose singled out the 8th hole at Emirates Golf Club as one of his favourite nine holes around the world

Khadija Meziane El Otmani: Cracking short-term rental market

Khadija Meziane El Otmani: Cracking short-term rental market

Khadija Meziane El Otmani, co-founder of Driven Holiday Homes, a licenced short-term rental operator, explains why she is excited to be leading one of the first businesses of its kind in the UAE.


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