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This week on Marketplace Middle East

Turkey has been a center of trade for centuries. Pictured here is Istanbul's Grand Bazaar.

Story highlights

  • Turkey is a strategic location for companies hoping to tap into both Europe and Asia
  • MME gets an inside look at one foreign company cashing in on Turkey's strategic advantages
  • Businessman Emre Berkin shares his thoughts on the country's business environment

IN FOCUS: Burning rubber on the Bosphorus

Situated on the crossroads of both Europe and Asia, Turkey is a strategic location for companies hoping to tap into both markets. This week MME gets an inside look at one foreign company -- Pirelli -- cashing in on Turkey's strategic advantages, and how its factory in the northwest of the country is churning out Formula One's prestigious hi-tech tires.

FACETIME: Doing business in Turkey

In an office overlooking the busy Bosphorus, MME catches up with Turkish businessman Emre Berkin, the former Vice-President of Microsoft Turkey to get his thoughts on the country's business environment and what advice he gives to budding entrepreneurs, hoping to make it big in the business world.

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