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This week on Marketplace Middle East

March 13, 2012 -- Updated 1536 GMT (2336 HKT)
HE Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, UAE's Minister of Foreign Trade, talks to CNN about the thriving trade relations with South Korea.
HE Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, UAE's Minister of Foreign Trade, talks to CNN about the thriving trade relations with South Korea.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • South Korea signed a multi-billion dollar deal with the UAE to explore three undeveloped oil fields
  • UAE's Minister of Foreign Trade talks to MME about the flourishing trade ties with South Korea
  • Plus, MME finds out how women in the Arab World are increasingly making strides in business

(CNN) -- FACETIME -- HE Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi. Minister of Foreign Trade, UAE
South Korea's National Oil Corporation recently signed a multi-billion dollar deal with the UAE to explore three undeveloped oil fields. Trade between the UAE and South Korea is booming. This week MME caught up with the UAE's Minister of Foreign Trade, Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Al-Qasimi and asked her about these flourishing trade ties.

IN FOCUS -- Role of Arab women
The Middle East is not normally recognized for having women at the forefront of business. According to the World Bank, 25% of women in the region participate in the labor force, compared to more than 50% in Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia and the Pacific. But as MME finds out, women in the Arab World are making huge strides in business.

Marketplace Middle East airs weekly at the following times (all GMT):
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Fridays: 0845,
Saturdays: 0615,
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