Coming to America

Coming to America

As Barack Obama seeks to rebalance the bloated US economy, the EB-5 visa scheme is being used to attract overseas investment by offering a green card, US citizenship and an American passport for those with at least $500,000 to spare. Shai Zamanian and Preeya Malik, from Dubai-based STEP America, outline why it is proving popular with Gulf-based expats

The price is right for new Dubai developer

The price is right for new Dubai developer

Nshama is preparing to tip the scales on the Dubai property market with its new mega Town Square project, offering three-bedroom townhouses priced at under a million dirhams each. If successful, thousands of middle income workers could finally step out of the renting rut and get a foot on the property ladder. The company’s CEO Fred Durie explains why and how it can be done

EFG Hermes: How patience turns to profit

EFG Hermes: How patience turns to profit

Operating through four years of political and economic turmoil in Egypt took its toll on EFG-Hermes, but the investment banking firm - one of the region’s largest, with operations in eight Arab countries - has risen from the instability and a period of consolidation to return to profit.

Linkedin: 347 million users, 24 languages and a valuation of $33.5bn

Linkedin: 347 million users, 24 languages and a valuation of $33.5bn

Co-founder Allen Blue describes the extraordinary rise and rise of the popular networking site

From Elite models to La Perla lingerie: Silvio Scaglia's growing fashion empire

From Elite models to La Perla lingerie: Silvio Scaglia's growing fashion empire

The Italian businessman made his billions in the engineering and technology sector but is now hoping that luxury fashion will boost his fortunes in the Middle East

The road ahead for Jaguar Land Rover

The road ahead for Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover has had mixed fortunes in the Middle East, but new regional boss Bruce Robertson says the Tata Motors-owned manufacturer is investing heavily in new products and new dealerships

Exclusive: Bahrain's Arcapita to close several billion dollar deals in the coming weeks

Exclusive: Bahrain's Arcapita to close several billion dollar deals in the coming weeks

The Islamic investment firm faced Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2012, but as it moves forward it has big plans afoot. CEO Atif Abdulmalik outlines its strategy and explains how he has been able to turn the business around.

Driving loyalty: UrbanBuz interview

Driving loyalty: UrbanBuz interview

Mustafa Sadek and Salam Saadeh tell Tamara Pupic why they built the customer loyalty and retention platform, UrbanBuz

Exclusive Interview: Dubai-based tycoon Sunil Vaswani

Exclusive Interview: Dubai-based tycoon Sunil Vaswani

Topping our annual rich list for the first time ever is Sunil Vaswani with $7.2bn. In a rare interview, the Dubai-based tycoon reveals how he grew his spectacular Stallion Group into one of Africa’s biggest conglomerates.

'We need to come up with more innovative ideas': Retail boss hits out at the region's copycat culture

'We need to come up with more innovative ideas': Retail boss hits out at the region's copycat culture

Nisreen Shocair, president of Virgin Megastore Middle East, on pushing the envelope, developing new ideas and why retailers need to be constantly looking for original sources of inspiration.


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