Walking on air: Naji Skaf

Walking on air: Naji Skaf

When Naji Skaf was appointed CEO of gas group Gulf Cryo well in advance of his 40th birthday, he raised several eyebrows. The young executive discusses how he uses his age to his advantage, what it’s like trying to advance within an established family business, and how he’s taking the company to the next level

Interview: RP Group's Dr Ravi Pillai

Interview: RP Group's Dr Ravi Pillai

Dr Ravi Pillai launched his first business at the age of 14, trading in coconuts so he could afford school books. Three decades later, his RP Group brings in revenue of $4bn and employs 80,000 staff, helping make him one of the world’s richest Indians

Straight bat: Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke

Straight bat: Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke gives the inside view on being the Australian cricket captain, including his public rants against team selectors, and gives his input on whether Dubai, the home of the International Cricket Council, is doing enough to support the game

Keeping the faith: HMH's Laurent Voivenel

Keeping the faith: HMH's Laurent Voivenel

UAE-based Hospitality Management Holdings’ chain of Sharia-compliant hotels is expanding quickly, in line with the growth in the region’s hospitality market. New chief executive Laurent Voivenel says he is keen to target the mid- and low-range segments of the industry

Smooth operator: Etisalat CEO Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar

Smooth operator: Etisalat CEO Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar

Ten years since going into its first overseas market, Etisalat is now one of the world’s largest telecoms firms, as well as being the biggest public company in the year. In an exclusive interview, group CEO Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar talks tech, targets and takeovers

Interview: Deyaar CEO Saeed Al Qatami

Interview: Deyaar CEO Saeed Al Qatami

Forget the largest, the tallest or the biggest, Dubai developer Deyaar is emerging on the hospitality scene with mid-end accommodation. CEO Saeed Al Qatami says luxury is no longer where the money is to be made

The empire strikes back

The empire strikes back

Set up in 1600, The East India Company at its peak employed a third of the British labour force, controlled half of the world’s trade and was the symbol of the British Empire’s global reach. After a 131-year hiatus, Indian businessman Sanjiv Mehta has resurrected the iconic brand and the Middle East is set to play a vital part in its rebirth

RAK and roll: Rino Sabatino

RAK and roll: Rino Sabatino

After a quiet couple of years, the Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority (RAKIA) is back on the expansion trail. Rino Sabatino, who took on the top job at RAKIA at the beginning of 2014, says he’s aiming to host 10,000 companies in the emirate by the end of this decade

Fast and Furious: Jassim Alseddiqi

Fast and Furious: Jassim Alseddiqi

In just four short years, Abu Dhabi Financial Group has revolutionised the approach to alternative investment in the Gulf. Chief executive Jassim Alseddiqi explains how he has managed to capture investors from Singapore and the UK, how he has achieved stellar returns for his investors, and what makes a ‘bingo deal’

Tunisia: Access all areas

Tunisia: Access all areas

Tunisia has some of the most varied and attractive sights of any country in the Middle East. The country’s first female tourism minister, Amel Karboul, is focused on getting visitors back to the nation after a short period of instability


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