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Five Minutes With…Arijit Ghose, Managing Director, Unilever Gulf

Unilever has plans to enhance the livelihoods of thousands of people and improve the health and wellbeing of 50 million people across the MENA region.

A New Kind Of Spring – Interview: Malcolm Gladwell

Best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell speaks exclusively to Gulf Business about the UAE’s economic future and the Arab unrest.

Sketching A New Comic Culture

US-based Sohaib Awan, the creator of the Jinnrise comic series, is convinced that several regional storytellers are waiting to tell their tales.

Five Minutes With…Owais Shaikh, Founder & CTO, Lutebox

Video sharing of short 5-10 second videos is a huge growth area, says Owais Shaikh, founder & CTO, Lutebox.

30 Seconds On The Business Of Sports Caps

Gulf Business speaks to Paul Gils, EMEA vice president at New Era.

Five Minutes With…Dr Markus Wiesner, CEO, Aon Hewitt Middle East

Middle East HR practices have improved but still need to catch-up with more mature markets, says the CEO of Aon Hewitt ME.

Exclusive Interview: GEMS Chairman Sunny Varkey Talks Profits And Philanthropy

In a rare interview, the founder of the world’s largest private schools company takes on his critics, and reveals his ambition to save the world from bad education.

Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths

Exclusive Interview: Paul Griffiths, CEO, Dubai Airports

Paul Griffiths explains why Dubai International will soon be the world’s largest airport and why high oil prices are not a bad thing.

Max Burger In Dubai: Taking A Big Bite

Richard Bergfors, CEO of the Swedish chain Max Burger, which recently launched in Dubai, tells Aarti Nagraj why he is confident of success.

Exclusive Interview: Etihad Airways CEO, James Hogan

Etihad Airways is avoiding legacy alliances to build its own one-on-one partnerships and is reaping the results, says Hogan.

Malcolm Gladwell: “UAE Has An Enormous Advantage”

The author behind best-selling books The Tipping Point and Outliers speaks exclusively to Gulf Business.

30 Seconds On The Business Of… Kids’ Retail

Gulf Business speaks to Annemarie Retera, CEO of JustKidding.

Exclusive Interview: Temel Kotil, Turkish Airlines CEO

Being one of the fastest growing airlines in the world is not enough for Temel Kotil. His goal is simply, to be the best.

Meet The UAE’s Mompreneurs

Mona Tavassoli, founder of MomSouq, tells Alicia Buller why babies are good for business.

Fairmont President: New Hotels For UAE And GCC

Hotels in Ajman, Fujairah and the delayed resort in Abu Dhabi will open alongside new projects in Riyadh and Amman.

30 Seconds On The Business Of…Fashion

Gulf Business speaks to Bong Guerrero, founder and CEO of Fashion Forward.

Fairmont Palm Boss: Be My Guest

Martin van Kan tells Alicia Buller about his rise from used plate collector to general manager of Dubai’s glitzy Fairmont Palm hotel.

Interview: United Arab Bank CEO

The UAE lender has not opened a new branch in Dubai for almost 14 years and yet it reported a rise in net profit of 24 per cent for 2012.

Five Minutes With…Rohini Gehani, CEO, Rivaage Boutique

As the world gets smaller individuals have more access to designers and couture items, says Rivaage Boutique founder.

Bahrain Soccer Head: I’m Favourite For AFC Top Job

An interview with Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa reveals he favours himself to replace disgraced Qatari Mohamed Bin Hammam.

30 Seconds On The Business Of… The Automotive Industry

Gulf Business speaks to Dr. Joerg Breuer, managing director, BMW Group Middle East.

Exclusive Interview: Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman, Dubai Duty Free

With $16 million sales per day, is Dubai Duty Free’s success about being in the right place at the right time or a shrewd business strategy?

Five Minutes With… Vatche Keverian, CEO, JWT MENA

An indigenous Arab style of advertising is taking shape in the region, says JWT’s Keverian.

Interview: Brandy Scott and Malcolm Taylor, Dubai Eye Business Breakfast

Radio broadcasters Malcolm Taylor and Brandy Scott discuss their views on traffic, world record attempts and how the financial downturn benefited their show.

Five Minutes With… Samir Ayoub, CEO, Mindshare MENA

The regional advertising industry has to swiftly begin engaging with a multi-screen user, says Ayoub.

30 Seconds On The Business Of… Logistics

Gulf Business speaks to Obaid Al Qahash, CEO Parzel.

EXCLUSIVE: Prince Alwaleed Interview – The World’s Most Powerful Arab

Once again, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud tops the Gulf Business power list. In an exclusive interview, he opens up to Aarti Nagraj on how it felt to double his share price in 2012 and why he fears for the Saudi unemployment timebomb.

Male Grooming Goes Back To 1847

Negin Fattahi-Dasmal, founder and CEO of The Grooming Company, explains the success behind the region’s first male-only grooming parlour.

Exclusive Interview: Khaldoun Tabari, Drake & Scull CEO

Tabari tells Meghna Pant how he braved the UAE construction crash and came out fighting with a billion dollar global pipeline.

Tough Diamond: Exclusive Interview With Tiffany & Co CEO, Mike Kowalski

The global boss of Tiffany & Co, Mike Kowalski, plans to put the sparkle back into lost earnings with a focus on emerging markets.