The Arab Spring: Democratic Dawn, Economic Twilight

No matter the concessions to regional unrest, controlled state economies may not offer a solution in a networked global economy with unfettered capital markets.

Time After Time

Alicia Buller hangs out with Georges Kern, suave CEO of luxury watch-maker IWC Schaffhausen, at the Laureus World Sports Awards.

An End To Saudi’s Housing Woes?

With only around 10 per cent of Saudi’s currently owning their home, the new mortgage laws could be set to boost real estate firms, banks and society overall.

IPO No Go

Low liquidity and weak confidence continue to dampen the Gulf’s IPO pipeline. Stringent local market guidelines must be relaxed to improve cashflow.

What’s The West’s Problem?

Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways, speaks out on his detractors and his record order book.

Gold Rush

As the global economy reels from fresh Euro and US woes, the gold price is set for a dizzying ascent.

Can This Man Save Damas?

Anan Fakhreddin, the man charged with salvaging the reputation of Damas jewellery firm, tells Alicia Buller why he’s got one of the most difficult jobs in the region.

Independence Day

The region welcomes its first non-executive director ‘match-making’ service as it strengthens corporate governance regulation.

Banking On Stability

V Shankar, CEO of Standard Chartered says the unrest is inflating banking wages but he’s confident the UAE will be the financial services powerhouse for the region.

Is The GCC Buying Out Lebanon?

Gulf real estate players are pumping money into Lebanon and playing an ever-larger hand in the nation’s landscape.

Swiss Banks Cast Their Eyes East

In the wake of the tax evasion clampdown in the West, Swiss banks are aggressively pursuing the emerging markets, says Raymond Baer, chairman of billion dollar investment bank Julius Baer.

The UAE’s Train Journey

In just over two years, Abu Dhabi is set to roll out first stages of its Etihad rail plan.

A Tale Of Two Countries

Gulf Business Investigates how the global crisis affected Oman Cyprus, two very different landscapes with similarly challenging property cycles.

Nothing Is Going To Stop Us Now

Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways, speaks exclusively to Alicia Buller about Western detractors, rising oil prices, and why there’s enough future global demand to fill his record order book.

MBAs Rising

Course enrolment is on the upswing as the employment market opens up.

Is The Oil Price Rising Too Fast?

Harsh winters, quantitative easing and political unrest have pushed crude over $90 a barrel in the last three months. Rising oil prices could cause a double dip recession.

Very Uncertain Times

Emirates NBD’s CIO Gary Dugan on an uncertain year ahead, and why Dubai’s busy roads are a great micro-indicator.

Top 10 places to work

The Game Changer

In an exclusive interview, Abdulkareem Abu Alnasr, CEO of Saudi’s largest bank NCB talks about his hopes for the Kingdom’s economy, why name lending is a fallacy and how it feels to be the man that runs the region’s biggest financial institution.

The UAE’s Role Amid Regional Unrest

Amid widespread regional unrest, the UAE has reclaimed its mantle as the oasis of opportunity in the desert, although, worryingly, it’s just too early to rule out future political unease.