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Five minutes with…Nawaf Al Sahhaf, CEO of Saudi’s Badir Program

The programme has served more than 280 tech startups in the last 10 years with total funding reaching $40.25m

Interview: Heather Mills on the UAE’s vegan market

The British media personality, businesswoman and activist explains why she’s bringing her vegan food company VBites to the GCC

Exclusive interview: UAE’s Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi

This winner of this year’s Gulf Business Lifetime Achievement Award discusses the growing influence of Emirati women and the strength of the nation’s youth

Five minutes with… Sarfaraz Alam, co-founder and CEO of HashMove

The online logistics marketplace set to launch in GCC will allow users to search, compare and book a multimodal shipment

The golden touch: Dubai’s Pure Gold Group chairman Firoz Merchant

In an exclusive interview, the chairman of Pure Gold Group opens up about his remarkable rise to the top, challenges facing the industry, and why he is giving back

Five minutes…Craig Hartenstine, executive producer, Dubai show La Perle by Dragone

The show has welcomed “several hundred thousand guests” in its first year of operations

Five minutes with… Faris Abouhamad, managing director of Smarty International

The TV marketing solution provider launched in Dubai this year

Five minutes with… Mustafa Khawaja, owner and CEO of Khawaja Holdings

The company is “aggressively” entering the entire GCC market, says CEO

Exclusive: Aster DM Healthcare’s Alisha Moopen on where the UAE-based firm is headed

Moopen discusses how Aster DM Healthcare is continually striving to make positive impact

Five minutes with.. GymNation founders Loren Holland and Frank Afeaki

GymNation’s co-founders explain why they think affordable exercise is the future after opening their first facility in Al Quoz

Interview: Understanding dual citizenship

Micha Emmett, CEO of CS Global Partners, explains the benefits of multiple nationality and why it can be attractive to the GCC’s business community

Idealz: Rethinking online retail

The co-founders of new e-commerce platform Idealz – Jad Toubayly and Easa Al Gurg – explain how the company has reimagined the online retail experience

How viable is cryptocurrency?

Managing director of Alvarez & Marsal’s Dubai office, Saeeda Jaffar, discusses the potential of cryptocurrency to become a viable means of transacting

Interview: A taste of Freedium

Millennium Finance Corporation’s Keba Keinde talks to Gulf Business about his new venture into cryptocurrency and why his Freedium coin could change the lives of 6 billion people worldwide

Turning Dubai into a culture capital

Art Season and SIKKA Art Fair project manager Walid Moosa Ahmed discusses Dubai’s growing arts and culture landscape

Omniyat’s CEO on carving a property niche

As Dubai property developer Omniyat prepares for a number of major handovers over the next two years, executive chairman and CEO Mahdi Amjad explains why staying focussed is the name of the game

Honda’s road ahead

As Honda launches its 10th generation Accord, the carmaker’s general manager of business development and marketing for the Middle East, Anup Ravindranath, reveals how Honda plans to take a lead as the auto industry drives into a new era

Upskilling the UAE’s healthcare industry

The CEO of King’s College Hospital London in the UAE explains how a partnership with a leading university aims to take the country’s healthcare industry to new heights

Peak performance: Adventurer and business coach Adrian Hayes

Adrian Hayes talks to Gulf Business about how his ascent of the world’s most dangerous mountain can provide corporate lessons

Interview: CCC shoes’ regional footprint

Polish billionaire and president of CCC Shoes and Bags, Dariusz Milek, discusses his Gulf expansion plans

Building solid foundations: Emirates Foundation’s Maytha Al Habsi

Maytha Al Habsi, CEO of Emirates Foundation, discusses how the organisation is helping young people become leaders of the future

Celebrating innovation with Dubai Quality Group’s Fatma Buti Al Mheiri

Dubai Quality Group’s chairman Fatma Buti Al Mheiri details the importance of innovation, why companies should foster creativity and how Emirati women are leading the way

The power of positivity: Kuwait’s Sheikha Intisar Al Sabah

With a mission to instil positivity throughout Kuwait and beyond, Sheikha Intisar Al Sabah explains what has driven her in her ambition

Interview: The new face of Spinneys

Spinneys Dubai’s new CEO details his plans to take the company forward including new stores and a potential online supermarket

Interview: Four Seasons founder and chairman Isadore Sharp

Four Seasons’ founder and chairman Isadore Sharp explains how flexibility and core values turned the hospitality operator into a global brand

Taking on the GCC’s cyber criminals

With cyber-attacks on the rise, a major skills shortage, and digital development continuing apace, just how secure is the region’s cybersecurity industry?

L’Oreal’s Emmanuel Lulin on why ethics are essential

L’Oreal’s senior vice president and chief ethics officer Emmanuel Lulin explains why good ethical practices are more important to corporations than ever

Interview: Taking innovation to the next level

Her Excellency Huda Al Hashimi discusses how the UAE’s Innovation Week will evolve into Innovation Month this year, and what it means for the future of innovation across the country

Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti on shaking up the fast food market

Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti explains why the Gulf region is so important to the cult burger chain and how new technology is changing the way it operates

Qarar CEO Zaid Kamhawi on the big deal about big data

Qarar CEO Zaid Kamhawi explains why analytics and big data is continuing to change the face of business