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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

Interview: The man behind Damac

Following a two-year period that has seen his fortunes increase dramatically, Hussain Sajwani details the path ahead for Damac as it looks to projects in Dubai and abroad

Interview: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös

After two tough years for Middle East sales, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös believes the company’s new Phantom can help revive its fortunes in the region

Interview: National Bonds CCO Mohammad Bitar

National Bonds’ chief commercial officer, Mohammad Bitar, explains how the company has grown in recent years and why the UAE’s savings environment is changing

Going for gold: Au Finja’s founder Ajay Sobhraj

Ajay Sobhraj, founder and chairman of Au Finja, reveals the secret to the jewellery brand’s success and where it is heading in the future

Interview: Bringing the DIFC’s legal model to the world

After more than a decade of developing its legal system, the Dubai International Financial Centre is helping others follow in its footsteps

King’s College Hospital London’s UAE CEO on improving healthcare in the country

Neil Buckley details how he plans to push evidence-based care in the region and reduce the need for patients to travel abroad

Building blocks: ECC CEO Kareem Farah

The Engineering Contracting Company CEO reveals how the firm has weathered a slowdown in the regional construction sector and where it will go next

Talking hospitality: Rotana CEO Omer Kaddouri

As Abu Dhabi hotel group Rotana celebrates its 25-year anniversary, Omer Kaddouri explains why the last three have been the toughest yet

Sobha Group’s chairman on building a real estate brand

Sobha Group chairman PNC Menon details his vision for the future as the company continues work on its Dubai mega projects

Abu Dhabi Financial Group’s CEO on engineering financial success

In an exclusive interview, Jassim Alseddiqi explains how an engineer’s mindset has helped Abu Dhabi Financial Group become a UAE success story

EY’s regional head on adapting to the GCC’s shifting sands

Abdulaziz Al Sowailim, chairman and CEO of EY MENA, discusses the challenges and opportunities facing the GCC region

Interview: S&P Dow Jones Indices regional head on the Gulf markets

Charbel El Azzi, regional head of S&P Dow Jones Indices, gives an insight into the firm’s unique role in the global and regional financial systems

Exclusive interview: Microsoft’s new GCC head

Sayed Hashish on changes in Microsoft’s organisational structure and why he is bullish about regional growth

Driving ahead: Zarooq Motors

A closer look at the UAE-based company seeking to carve its own niche in the supercar market