Can Abu Dhabi's new financial free zone compete?

Can Abu Dhabi's new financial free zone compete?

Cities across the Gulf are creating financial centres to propel themselves onto the international stage, raising the question of which will survive. But a senior official at the newest, Abu Dhabi Global Market, insists it will prove to be stiff competition

Risky business: Lloyd’s of London's John Nelson

Risky business: Lloyd’s of London's John Nelson

For more than three centuries, Lloyd’s of London has been at the forefront of minimising risk while simultaneously earning billions of dollars annually from underwriting it. Chairman John Nelson explains why the Middle East is one of the historic institution’s new frontiers

Is 2016 the year the art bubble bursts?

Is 2016 the year the art bubble bursts?

After a record few years for international and regional art, we ask the Michael Jeha, managing director of Christies Middle East, if the boom times will continue

Franck Muller – the master of deceptively complicated watches

Franck Muller – the master of deceptively complicated watches

The son of a cobbler, CEO asked the eponymous Franck Muller why he didn't follow in his father's footsteps

Lighting up the night: Mazen El Zein

Lighting up the night: Mazen El Zein

Mazen El Zein was a bored Lebanese financier serving his compulsory year in the army when he launched a business that would see him create an ever-lasting reputation in Dubai’s nightlife scene

Operatic principal: Jasper Hope

Operatic principal: Jasper Hope

After a decade at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Jasper Hope is now implementing his grand plans to put Dubai Opera firmly on the cultural map:

From bricks to clicks: Rashid and Salama Alabbar

From bricks to clicks: Rashid and Salama Alabbar

Rashid and Salama Alabbar, the next generation of one of Dubai’s most famous families, are taking their father’s retail legacy and going online, building up a portfolio of fast-growing e-commerce sites. And with a $113m deal with one of the industry’s biggest players signed off last week, they are now looking to go global

Ahmed Alhatti on trusting your instincts

Ahmed Alhatti on trusting your instincts

Ahmed Alhatti built his property company from scratch, and is now responsible for some of the most iconic buildings in the world. We sat down with the enigmatic CEO of Cayan Group, to discuss passion, leadership and trusting your gut

Yas Island: A global destination for tourists

Yas Island: A global destination for tourists

Q&A with Mohammed Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral Asset Management

Time to deliver for Azizi Developments

Time to deliver for Azizi Developments

Nine years after buying its first plots of land in Dubai, Azizi Developments is finally delivering its first completed project. CEO Farhad Azizi reveals the frustrations that have plagued the Afghani family business and how perseverance means it is now on the cusp of becoming one of the biggest private developers in the emirate.


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