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Is now a good time to invest in the Indian property market?

M.D. Saini, MD and CEO of Shapoorji Pallonji International, discusses the current state of the Indian property industry

India’s new tax GST: Will it impact business with the GCC?

India introduced the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on July 1

Five minutes with.. Soluqi founder Benjamin Balazs

Balazs details the motivations behind the firm he launched earlier this year and where he plans to go next

Five minutes with…Tom Rhodes, exhibition director at Cityscape Global

The annual property exhibition in Dubai will hold its 16th edition in September

Interview: Bosch’s regional VP on returning to form after a tough year

German multinational Bosch is seeking expansion in the Middle East, following a slump in sales last year

Exclusive: Danube boss and UAE billionaire Rizwan Sajan on where next

Construction and real estate billionaire Rizwan Sajan details his journey to the top and where he plans to take Danube Group next

Quercus CEO Diego Biasi on why investors are going green

Diego Biasi of renewable energy investment company Quercus Investment Partners, explains how the renewables sector has become a major focus for the GCC

Emirates Wildlife Society on the business of environmental sustainability

Laila Mostafa Abdullatif discusses the corporate benefits of environmental participation, and how the UAE’s Year of Giving is an opportunity for the public and private sectors to make an impact

Interview: Chocolate brand Patchi on its ambitious expansion plans

With a new headquarters, manufacturing plant and boutiques on the horizon, Patchi’s activity in the GCC seems ready to grow

Interview: Michael Dell on creating a technology behemoth

Nine months after completing his company’s mega merger with EMC, tech billionaire Michael Dell details his vision for the future

Dubai’s Emaar Hospitality CEO on why global expansion is the way ahead

The company is setting its sights on global markets using the strength of its Dubai base

Interview: LEGO Group CEO Bali Padda on where the toymaker is going next

LEGO Group’s new CEO, Bali Padda, talks challenges, opportunities and where he plans to take the toymaker next

GE’s chief digital officer on the firm’s transformation and why technology won’t mean job losses

Ganesh Bell explains how the conglomerate underwent a digital transformation

The app connecting the GCC’s low paid workers with bank accounts

Ian Dillon, co-founder of smartphone banking concept NOW Money, explains how the company is helping potentially millions of low-income workers take control of their finances

UAE fashion brand Feathers eyes expansion despite market slowdown

UAE entrepreneur Khalid Basaeed gets candid about the challenges he faced in creating his luxury brand Feathers and where he plans to go next

Saudi-based jewellery firm L’azurde on playing the long game

Selim Chidiac explains how the Saudi jewellery manufacturer and distributor has weathered tough economic times and why it will look different in five years’ time

Exclusive: Pepsico’s regional CEO on VAT, healthy food and future growth

Sanjeev Chadha elaborates on the F&B conglomerate’s improved focus on healthy products and why he is bullish about the GCC region

Dubai South: Happiness the building blocks of the future

Dubai South has been billed the ‘city of happiness’ – built around the needs and desires of the people. Acting CEO of Dubai South, Ahmed Al Ansari, explains why and how the city has become a model for cities of the future

P&G’s regional president shares his forecast for consumer goods

Mohamed Samir, president for the IMEA region at $223bn consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble, details the company’s new slimline brand strategy and shares his expectations for the months ahead

A song of ice and fire: Canada’s Consul General to Dubai Emmanuel Kamarianakis

The Consul General at the Consulate of Canada to Dubai and the Northern Emirates, Emmanuel Kamarianakis, talks trade, investment, and why 40,000 Canadians are looking forward to a year of celebrations in the UAE

Exclusive: Microsoft’s president on its way ahead

Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer Brad Smith outlines why cloud computing is the future

Philip Stein co-founder Will Stein on the wellness watch brand’s next move

Will Stein reveals the firm’s Middle East expansion plans and how it could soon be known for more than just wrist accessories

Farah Al Qaissieh, founder of Stutter UAE and Discover AE on women in the workplace

The authors of Game Changers speak to Farah Al Qaissieh, founder of Stutter UAE and Discover AE

Five minutes with.. Virtual Dusk executive director Tony N. Al Saiegh

Al Saiegh details his plans for online marketplace Souqplace.com

Five minutes with.. American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital executive chair Dr Jeehan Abdul Qadir

Dr Qadir reveals the hospital’s plans to expand its headcount

Five minutes with… Kamal Hassan, general partner, TURN8

Up to 90 per cent of startups plan to expand their teams in 2017, says TURN8 venture fund’s Hassan

Five minutes with… Amruda Nair, joint MD and CEO of Aiana Hotels & Resorts

The hotel management company expects 1,000 of its rooms to come online in 2017

Interview: Crescent Group MD and Pearl Initiative founder Badr Jafar

The authors of Game Changers speak to the managing director of the Crescent Group, Badr Jafar

Lombard Odier’s Patrick Odier on the future of private banking

The chairman and senior managing partner of one of Switzerland’s largest private banks talks investing in 2016, wealth management trends, Brexit and how technology is changing the industry

Five minutes with.. FitOnClick.com founder and CEO Ben Samuel

Ben Samuel explains how he plans to expand his online fitness marketplace