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As one of the world's most influential business hubs, the Middle East requires expert attention. Business Extra provides those experts, as well as news and insights from The National's esteemed team of business editors and reporters, who are on top of the markets, technology, the energy sector and more.
 
In a world where extreme competition exists everywhere, what does it take to have success in your career and in life? Join me, Nirvana Chaudhary, as I sit down with some of the most successful individuals to discover the secrets to their success, what continues to drive them, and to hear a few exclusive stories in the process. What drives them and their success code. Their mantra for Making it bigger.
 
The purpose of the SIGPhil's podcasts "Philosophical dialogues: the story behind the work" is to go behind the published work and seek answers to why philosophy, how philosophy, when philosophy and with whom. Together with the guests talking about their experience we will explore the history, the ideas, the reasoning, the process, the challenges and the funny things that happened and made contribution to what they published. We will also discuss what did not got published and the future of t ...
 
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Alix Partners, the global consulting firm, has launched a Middle East Disruption Index to examine the impact of trends such as climate change, technological advances and geopolitics on businesses and trade in the region. The survey showed 78 per cent of chief executives in the UAE and Saudi Arabia are confident in their company’s ability to withsta…
 
A growing arts scene in the Middle East and North Africa over the past decade has both supported economic diversification and also been a sign of its success. Following the Covid-19 pandemic and amid concerns about the outlook for the region, can arts and culture maintain its momentum? Dr Ridha Moumni, Christie’s Middle East deputy chairman, talks …
 
With the world facing an energy 'trilemma' as it makes the push towards net zero carbon emission to help mitigate global warming, a bottom-up approach is needed to match the efforts of government and business.That's according to Dr Angela Wilkinson, the Secretary General of the World Energy Council, who joins host Mustafa Alrawi to discuss all aspe…
 
The National's London Bureau Chief Damien McElroy explains why the crisis has come about and discusses which direction the country might head next under such pressure, with host Mustafa Alrawi, including the possibility of a radical shake up of the social contract. In this episode: The cost of living and the energy crisis in the UK (0m 15s)The 'Bre…
 
Automation and robotics are becoming mainstream and have emerged from beyond heavy industry in recent years. They can be found across sectors such as health care, tourism, retail, F&B and mobility. Investment and research into the field has also picked up including here in the UAE where Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence, or MB…
 
The Global Gender Gap Report 2022 — released by the World Economic Forum last month — said countries will take another 132 years, compared to 136 in 2021, to close the gap between men and women in the workforce. In Mena, this figure stands at 115 years. Overall, the gap has widened compared to before the pandemic and the lack of equity for women, p…
 
A number of countries across the Gulf and Middle East and North Africa, including the UAE, are stepping up investments in companies and initiatives that develop local food supply chains. Dana, which supports desert-tech and agri-tech startups with at least one woman founder, has agreed a deal with Masdar City to set up an R&D beta facility in Abu D…
 
The promise of the Metaverse and Web 3.0 technologies has been quantified in the UAE through the Dubai government's strategy to create 40,000 jobs and add $4 billion to the emirate's economy in the next five years from the digital transformation. Abdulaziz AlJaziri, Deputy CEO and Chief Operations Officer at Dubai Future Foundation, talks to host M…
 
Careem became the Middle East's first unicorn, a start-up with a valuation of at least $1 billion, in 2016 and three years later was bought by Uber for $3.1bn. The deal allowed the company to continue to operate independently, and today, its co-founder and chief executive Mudassir Sheikha says it was only the beginning: he plans to stay with Careem…
 
Delays, cancellations, lost luggage and labour shortages. These are but some of the issues facing airlines in Europe and the US as the summer travel season picks up pace. Aviation correspondent Deena Kamel joins co-hosts Mustafa Alrawi and Kelsey Warner this week. They discuss how Gulf carriers like Etihad and Emirates managed to avert the travel c…
 
Sharia-compliant insurers Dar Al Takaful and Watania, on Tuesday, completed their merger to create the UAE's largest insurance provider after securing the approval of regulatory authorities and shareholders of the two companies. Gautam Datta, chief executive of Dar Al Takaful talks to hosts Mustafa Alrawi and Kelsey Warner about the merger and how …
 
Oil prices inched higher this week as big producers hinted at capacity limits and an effort to cap Russian oil prices by western governments began. Meanwhile, the global economy is “teetering on the brink of recession”, according to the International Institute of Finance, as the war in Ukraine, the continuing Covid-19 lockdowns in China and a hawki…
 
Electric car sales have surged this year after breaking a record last year, according to a report by the International Energy Agency. The transport sector's electrification is a fast-growing trend amid the global push to net zero carbon emissions. However, for EVs, rising prices of critical minerals required for battery manufacturing and supply cha…
 
Recent data shows strong business activity growth in both the UAE and Saudi Arabia. This is expected amid pandemic recovery and higher oil prices, according to Khatija Haque, chief economist and head of research at Emirates NBD. But global market forces are also at play. She joins co-hosts Mustafa Alrawi and Kelsey Warner this week, sharing her out…
 
Investment banks have faced unprecedented times before, but market dynamics and the volume of data in play in 2022 makes this a time like no other. That's according to Kim Fournais, who founded Denmark firm Saxo Bank in 1992. The CEO joins co-hosts Mustafa Alrawi and Kelsey Warner to discuss how using technology and pushing East to new markets is h…
 
Cherrie Atilano has 21 years of experience in sustainable food systems and inclusive agribusiness as an advocate of women and youth in agriculture, agri-technology, malnutrition eradication and the responsible production and consumption for the future of food. She is a multi-awarded entrepreneur and ambassador on agricultural issues.…
 
It has been more than two years since NMC Health almost collapsed, after a more than $4 billion debt pile was uncovered and the company's founder and former joint chairman, BR Shetty, fled the UAE in one of the biggest corporate scandals in the country's history. That history is receding as the new NMC Healthcare charts a different path, while main…
 
Elaine Kim is a medical doctor and entrepreneur. She is the CEO of Trehaus an integrated co-lifestyle space for families with a preschool and childcare, office space and family club. she was the CEO of CRIB (www.crib.com.sg), a social enterprise she co-founded to empower women to become successful entrepreneurs. She’s a YGL.…
 
The World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos is back as an in-person event but in May instead of its usual January slot.Key discussions have been around energy security amid conflict in Ukraine and rising prices, with European nations looking for alternatives to Russian gas. High oil prices are helping Gulf economies and also adding to inflat…
 
The World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos is back as an in-person event following a move online during the Covid-19 pandemic. While Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Ukrainian President will address the forum virtually on Monday, leaders scheduled to physically attend next week include Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, Ivory Coast Prime Ministe…
 
Economic sentiment in the UK is weighed down by the impact of the war in Ukraine on energy prices as well as overall rising inflation, together with post-Brexit struggles. Recent local election results have also shaken the political landscape. Last month, the IMF downgraded its UK growth forecast for the year to 3.7 per cent, from the 4.7 per cent …
 
Carbon can be emitted, offset, removed, stored and increasingly, traded. But how does carbon trading work and what role does it play in the energy transition? To answer these questions, co-hosts Mustafa Alrawi and Kelsey Warner are joined by William Pazos, co-founder and managing director at AirCarbon, which has teamed up with Abu Dhabi Global Mark…
 
Samar Ali’s career has spanned tenures at the White House, the South African Supreme Court, the State Government of Tennessee, and today as an entrepreneur and human rights lawyer who works locally, regionally, nationally and globally. Founding the E Pluribus Unum Foundation and leading the Millions of Conversations national campaign…
 
On Wednesday, the International Monetary Fund released its Middle East and Central Asia Regional Economic Outlook which shows a divergent picture in 2022 for the region, with oil exporters such as the UAE and Saudi Arabia expected to experience robust rates of growth thanks to higher oil prices. Uncertainty is also increasing with the duration of t…
 
On Monday the UAE Cabinet announced one of the biggest overhauls to the UAE's visa system in years. To explain the details, co-hosts Mustafa Alrawi and Kelsey Warner are joined by Haider Hussain, a partner at immigration consultancy Fragomen in the UAE. They dig into the expansion of the popular golden visa programme; what the new green visa scheme…
 
The sudden shift to remote working amid the Covid-19 pandemic made video conferencing tools hugely important for companies looking to keep their operations running smoothly. It was Zoom however that became synonymous with the times, spurring a new lexicon, including 'Zoom Fatigue' and 'Zoom bombing' as people adjusted to a new paradigm. As the pand…
 
This year's Edelman Trust Barometer report, titled The Cycle of Distrust, showed that governments and the media around the world are creating an atmosphere where distrust is the default setting. Only 50 per cent of people on average trusted the media, with governments faring only slightly better at 52 per cent. In the UAE, the government, business,…
 
"More question marks than answers." This is how Mohammed Al Gergawi, the UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs, described the state of the world in remarks at the World Government Summit on Tuesday, as he implored decision-makers to move faster in order to keep up with rising inflation, rapidly changing technology and disruption to status quo geopolitics…
 
Today I talk with dr. Steven Alter, Professor Emeritus at University of San Francisco. Prof. Alter is the author of seven published books and many journal articles. His work is published in some of the top journals in the IS field. Over the course of many years of research he developed a systems analysis method for business professionals called the…
 
Sanctions on Russian crude over the Ukraine conflict have increased concerns about supply, sending already high energy prices rocketing. Saudi Arabia warned it will not bear any responsibility for global supply shortages following attacks on its energy infrastructure. Along with Russia, the kingdom leads the 23-member Opec+ oil producer alliance wh…
 
The relationship between the UAE and the US is perhaps one of the most important for stability in the wider region. The two nations have been allies for decades, working across defence, energy, technology and investment.However, these ties are currently going through what the UAE's ambassador to Washington, Yousef Al Otaiba, called a “stress test".…
 
Oil prices touched their highest level since 2008 — surging past $130 a barrel — after US President Joe Biden banned crude, gas and coal imports from Russia on Tuesday, in retaliation for Moscow's invasion of Ukraine. Wheat and other soft commodities are also rising on supply concerns, as both Russia and Ukraine are big producers. There is already …
 
As the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic recede, the most critical issue faced by those leading the energy industry becomes the transition to a less carbon-intensive world after the commitments made at Cop 26 climate summit in Glasgow. How will this be managed amid an evolving global landscape which also includes heightened geopolitical risk an…
 
The future of ownership or a passing fad? NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, a digital object underpinned by the blockchain, have taken the digital art world by storm — and Sotheby's is taking note. The storied auction house credited an “influx of younger, tech-savvy collectors” interested in luxury goods and NFTs for its success in 2021, when it report…
 
Rising geopolitical tensions, an energy crunch and the thrum of pandemic economic recovery are setting an uncertain path to net zero. But how did we get here? And what are the forces in play during a decisive decade for climate action? Alexis Crow, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council with a background in geopolitics and economics, joins co-host…
 
Amid inflation, an energy crisis, volatile stock markets and increasing scrutiny of big technology firms, there is concern over how tensions between global powers such as the US and Russia might spill over into conflict. The major crisis is around Ukraine, but there are other pain points, including North Korea's ballistic missile programme, the war…
 
Today I talk with Blair Wang. Blair is a lecturer in Business Information Systems at the University of Sydney Business School. His research takes a critical-theoretic perspective on emerging digital practices, such as digital nomadism and the digital futures of work. His research has been disseminated in top IS journals and conferences. Today with …
 
On Monday the UAE announced it will introduce a new federal corporate tax on business profits in a landmark move that will reshape the economic landscape. Co-hosts Mustafa Alrawi and Kelsey Warner answer the basics of how it will work, why now and what to expect when the tax goes into effect on June 1, 2023. Later, they are joined by Anurag Chaturv…
 
Web3 is the next generation of the internet. Though it is difficult to understand and seemingly easy to dismiss, the advent of a decentralised internet demands our attention as it is a fundamental shift away from how we use the web today. So says Noor Sweid, a veteran venture capitalist in Dubai who has been tracking the rise of the technology and …
 
With Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and the World Future Energy Summit under way in the UAE, the path to net zero is becoming clearer with an energy mix of hydrogen, nuclear and renewables alongside innovations such as carbon capture and battery storage. Co-hosts Mustafa Alrawi and Kelsey Warner discuss the latest developments and then, Kelsey inter…
 
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