Marketplace Middle East speaks with local movers and shakers who reflect on the city's economic outlook.
Marketplace Middle East looks at Iran's interim deal with the West as the country looks to attract overseas investors and businesses.
CNN's Jon Jensen looks at what it takes to keep Dubai's Burj Khalifa in top condition.
U.S. Senator John McCain talks about sanctions on Iran and the country's regional role. CNN's John Defterios reports.
CNN's Atika Shubert visits Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp where a start-up culture has emerged.
Leone Lakhani visits Bahrain's International Airshow and explores the country's efforts to attract more foreign investment.
CNN's Ivan Watson looks at how the country's political situation is hitting the economy.
Ian Lee looks at how the political turmoil is affecting the country's bottom line.
What happens if Iran's economic sanctions are lifted? John Defterios speaks with Ian Bremmer, President of Eurasia Group.
John Defterios speaks with the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency about Iran's energy potential.
CNN's John Defterios explores the region's economic outlook for 2014.
For the first time in 75 years, the emirate of Abu Dhabi is offering licences to operate some of its largest oil fields.
Marketplace Middle East explores how high oil prices is leading to the exploration of other energy sources.
Nina Dos Santos meets an Egyptian designer who is eager to win over western clients.
Ian Lee meets Faris Farrag, a former banker who now farms plants and breeds fish with an "aquaponic" system.
John Defterios explores how the region is looking to challenge America's domination when it comes to innovation.
Karl Penhaul looks at the challenges facing the holy city during the holiday season.
Marketplace Middle East explores how Dubai hopes to lead the way in Islamic finance and business.
Marketplace Middle East looks at the immediate impact that Iran's nuclear accord is having on local businesses.
Marketplace Middle East looks at the new law that could destabilize Israel's growing beer industry.
The UAE has become the first Middle Eastern country to host the World Expo in 2020. CNN's Leone Lakhani reports.
CNN's Jon Defterios speaks with Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council.
Minister of Energy and Mines Youcef Yousfi explains how the country hopes to attract more foreign investment.
CNN's Jomana Karadsheh looks at how the country's oil production has been affected by the revolution.
CNN's John Defterios talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron in Dubai about UK business interests and more.
John Defterios looks at how slow growth and continuing restrictions on the movement of goods is affecting the economy.
John Defterios meets Yossi Vardi, who has has founded and helped build more than 80 high-tech companies in Israel.
CNN's John Defterios looks at the implications for the region's rapid population growth.
Siemens Energy CEO Michael Suess on how the German industrial giant is boosting its presence in the region.
CNN's Reza Sayah reports on the economic climate in Iran in the wake of crippling sanctions.
CNN's Reza Seyah reports on the push to boost Iran's tourism industry.
The classic British drink Vimto, big in the Mideast, has garnered the attention of global beverage giant Coca-Cola.
South Korea is making the Middle East a priority, with a booming trade relationship with the UAE.
YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley explains how social media goes from strength to strength, especially in the Middle East.
Marketplace Middle East travels to the West Bank to take a look at the business opportunities available.
MME travels to Lebanon to meet two siblings who have ended tehir venture into the country's fashion industry.
The UAE government is looking at innovative ways of funding small to medium-sized enterprises for Emiratis.
CNN's Leone Lakhani meets one family keen to revive the old tradition but with a modern twist.
Jomana Karadsheh visits the World Luxury Expo in Abu Dhabi as producers put their latest products on display.
CNN's Nina Dos Santos speaks to Sheikh Majed Al-Sabah about turning Arabian scents into a modern global business.
MME's John defterios sits down with Hussain Al-Shahristani, the Deputy Prime Minister for Energy.
Cheese production is one of the oldest industries in the Gulf region but one Italian company found a gap in the market.
CNN's John Defterios talks to Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister for Energy, Hussain Al Shahristani.
CNN's John Defterios looks at the trade ties between the United Kingdom and the Middle East.
CNN's John Defterios explores how Syria's problems are affecting neighboring countries Jordan and Lebanon.
CNN's Errol Barnett speaks with Tunisia's president about how the country is dealing with its protests.
Mustafa Abdel-Wadood of Abraaj Capital talks to John Defterios about how to make the right moves in a crisis.
Jomana Karadsheh takes a look inside the world's largest ceramics factory.
John Defterios speaks with Sansar Capital's Sanjay Motwani about how the lack of security impacts Iraq's economy.
CNN's Jomana Karadsheh goes behind the scenes at one of the world's largest gold refineries in the emirate of Sharjah.
Marketplace Middle East looks at how the country may be benefiting from the turmoil in the region.
CNN's Elise Labott meets the founder behind a multi-million dollar empire that employs hundreds of local women in Israel.
CNN's Jomana Karadsheh looks at one company's move to export camel milk products to Europe.
Marketplace Middle East looks at how camel milk products could soon be available on supermarket shelves in Europe.
CNN's John Defterios explores how the humanitarian crisis is affecting commerce and trade in the country.
For most people working in the United Arab Emirates, the holy month of Ramadan is a restful time. It is a month of fasting, reduced working hours, family time and quiet religious contemplation.
The Middle East is home to 650 stores for Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins, making it the biggest market for this group.
CNN's Reza Sayah looks at the many challenges facing the country's interim government -- including demands for reforms.
MME met with Mohammed Al-Mady, CEO of SABIC one of the largest petrochemical manufacturers in the world.
John Defterios reports on how a leading supermarket chain in the Middle East prepares for the holy month of Ramadan.
Marketplace Middle East looks at how Egypt's economy is coping after the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsy.
Defense spending seems to have increased in the Middle East and Africa, while the industry struggles elsewhere.
CNN's Elise Labott looks at how drones are manufactured in Israel, the world's top exporter of unarmed vehicles.
CNN's Leone Lakhani meets Paul Griffiths who oversees the world's second-busiest airport for international travel.
CNN's Arwa Damon explores how the movement against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan affects business.
CNN's Jomana Karadsheh reports on Qatar's power transition, a surprising move for the Arab powerhouse.
MME takes a look at how the Tunisian economy is still suffering, especially in the tourism sector.
Azza Fahmy is turning her talents to teaching, hoping to inspire the next generation of jewelery designers.
CNN's Leone Lakhani visits F1 Racing team, Williams who are using their turbo-charged simulators to teach road safety.
CNN's John Defterios takes an in-depth look at the UAE's investment in cultural development.
Unlike many in Oman, Salma and Aisha Al Hajri are turning away from government jobs and heading into the private sector.
John Defterios explores how Jordan has set up a film commission to further develop its film industry.
Jordanian Finance Minister Umayya Toukan talks about what the country is doing to tackle its job crisis.
The Arab Spring toppled regimes in power for decades within only months of each other.
Kim Kelaita explores the high demand for American products across the region.
Guinness World Records head Talal Omar has moved to the Middle East to accommodate the growing demand of record breakers.
CNN's John Defterios looks at the early movers into the oil business and what's next for the country's energy sector.
The lack of big brands in Iraq is allowing local entrepreneurs to tap into the growing consumer market. Arwa Damon reports.
How can traditional Persian carpet makers compete with cheaper hi-tech machinery made carpets?
Why are investors leaving the Middle East for Africa? Sultan Bin Saeed al-Mansouri, the UAE Economy Minister talks to MME.
With an estimated 122 trillion cubic feet of gas, the Levant basin could change the economic landscape of the region
MME takes a look at how a drastic cut in cooking gas subsidies is leading to heightened tensions on the streets of Cairo.
How has the 2009 downturn changed the UAE's property construction and real estate market? Leone Lakhani reports.
Marketplace Middle East takes a tour of the Emirate's luxury property market.
The legal battle being fought by former Egypt president Hosni Mubarak under charges including being complicit in the killing of protestors will sustain a climate of uncertainty for the country's president Mohamed Morsy.
FACETIME: MUSTAFA ABDEL-WADOOD, ABRAAJ CAPITAL
The Middle East's tourism sector is expected to triple its growth rates over the next few years despite the Arab Spring.
DKNY designer Donna Karan is going beyond fashion, and now promotes female entrepreneurship and education worldwide.
Some of the biggest names in fashion are taking inspiration from the Middle East to create astounding new designs.
Egyptians are losing patience with a fuel shortage and long lines at gas stations. CNN's Reza Sayah reports.
MME asks Libya's Central Bank Governor if the country's oil reserves, the largest in Africa, are now ripe for investment.
Adding to Egypt's already severe economic crisis is a shortage of diesel fuel for the country's trucks and minibuses.
IN FOCUS: PRESSURE AT THE FUEL PUMPS
CNN's John Defterios explores how Iraq's historic city of Erbil is attracting big investment.
CNN's John Defterios looks at the state of Iraq's economy a decade after the U.S.-led invasion of the country.
CNN's John Defterios speaks with iCann CEO Fadi Chehade about how internet usage is booming in the Middle East.
With a diamond encrusted gear stick and golden stitching, the Lykan Hypersport comes with a price tag of $3.4 million.
At $3.4 million and a production run of only 7, Kim Kelaita takes a look at a super rare UAE-made sports car.
MME looks at how Abu Dhabi is attracting international health care brands to a growing private health system
New US secretary of state John Kerry describes his first trip to Europe and the Middle East as a "nine nation listening tour"
Major players in the private health care industry are setting up shop in the Middle East.
MME sits down with Egyptian opposition figure Amre Moussa to discuss the country's elections and struggling economy.
IN FOCUS: IRAQ'S CHILDREN LIVING IN GARBAGE DUMPS
A NEW OIL REALITY
THE ROAD AHEAD
MME END OF YEAR SPECIAL
IN FOCUS: Gaza Fishing Woes
Four decades ago it was merely barren desert land. Four years ago it was at the height of an unparalleled economic boom that turned to bust amid the global financial crisis. Today the emirate of Dubai is staging a lively comeback, once again announcing the kind of ambitious plans that made it famous in the first place.
IN FOCUS: JORDAN'S ENERGY WOES
FACETIME: Pascal Lamy, Director-General, World Trade Organization
FACETIME: Dubai Airshow Special
IN FOCUS: Agricultural Adversity
FACETIME: Osama Saleh, Egyptian minister of investment
FACETIME: Luc Ourcel, CEO, Areva
High U.S. taxes and political indecision are hindering the country's economic recovery, the head of General Electric has told CNN.
FACETIME: Mehmet Simsek, Turkish finance minister
IN FOCUS: MEDICAL TOURISM
IN FOCUS: Palestinian credit crunch
IN FOCUS: Iran's economy
IN FOCUS: Gaza's struggling economy
The soft drinks factory in Gaza City is working at half-capacity. For the past seven years production has been intermittent, sometimes stopping altogether -- a hostage to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, power cuts and the vagaries of being reliant on smuggling tunnels.
FACETIME: Iyad Malas, CEO of Majid Al Futtaim
The new President of Egypt is taking the concept of getting work done in the first 100 days in office very seriously.
This week Marketplace Middle East focuses on the relationship between Israel and the "new" Egypt.
THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE NEW SILK ROAD
IN FOCUS: Ramadan Ratings
IN FOCUS: From importer to exporter
FACETIME: Sukwoo Hong, South Korean minister of knowledge economy
IN FOCUS: Burning rubber on the Bosphorus
In Focus: Turkey Syria Tensions
FACETIME: Russian Railways president Vladimir Yakunin
IN FOCUS: Oil Price at OPEC This week Marketplace Middle East is in Vienna, where energy ministers gathered for the 161st OPEC Meeting. Several issues are being discussed, but MME takes a look at one of the most deliberated -- the price of oil.
IN FOCUS: Syria On The Brink
IN FOCUS: Beirut's Building Boom Beirut's Zaitunay Bay is one of the latest development projects in the Lebanese capital. The waterfront promenade is dotted with high-end shops and restaurants. So far the project has been a success but in Beirut, domestic and regional instability always looms. MME spoke to one of the developers about the fine line between business opportunity and high-risk investment. FACETIME: Frits Van Paasschen, CEO, President & Starwood, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide While North Africa's tourism industry faces many hurdles due to the Arab Spring, so far it's proving to be a bumper year for the U.A.E. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, the UAE will make $20 billion from holiday makers this year. Starwood Hotels and Resorts is just one company that is seeing the huge potential in the Middle East with plans to build 40 new hotels in the region by 2017. MME sat down with CEO Frits Van Paaschen and asked him about this rapid expansion. Marketplace Middle East airs weekly at the following times (all GMT):
IN FOCUS: Egypt's Economic Concerns Egypt's revolution struck a hammer blow to the nation's economy. More than a year later, the outlook is starting to look more positive with holidaymakers returning to the country. But some in the tourism industry remain worried. They fear the growing influence of Islamists in the government may lead to strict rules like the ban of alcohol. MME takes a closer look at Egypt's wine-making industry. FACETIME: Adel Ali, Air Arabia CEO The UAE is home of the region's first low-cost airline -- Air Arabia. Operations began in 2003 and now other low-cost carriers have come onto the market. Air Arabia now has a fleet of 30 planes despite high fuel costs. MME sat down with the CEO, Adel Ali. Marketplace Middle East airs weekly at the following times (all GMT):
IN FOCUS: Social media in the Middle East Facebook is launching its long-awaited Initial Public Offering this week. With nearly a billion users the social networking site is hoping investors will dig deep to buy a stake in the company that has become a global phenomenon. Recently, the role of social media has increased sharply in the Middle East and, as MME found out, is becoming a crucial part of doing business. FACETIME: Fadi Ghandour, CEO & founder, Aramex Aramex is a global logistics company with its roots in the Middle East. With a revenue of more than $700 million and a presence in more than 60 countries, the company is competing with the likes of Fedex, DHL and UPS. MME sat down with the CEO and Founder Fadi Ghandour to talk about the new areas of growth, his retirement and how social media has affected his business. Marketplace Middle East airs weekly at the following times (all GMT):
FACETIME: Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour, Egyptian Minister of Tourism
FACETIME: Moncef Marzouki, Tunisian president
IN FOCUS: Abu Dhabi's aerospace ambitions
IN FOCUS: Egypt's Shaky Economy All applications are in for Egypt's presidential elections next month. The candidates are vying to lead Egypt on a new path following last year's revolution and they have the economy high on their agenda. But as MME found out, they will have a long way to go before the economy is back up and running.
FACETIME: Ahmed El Borai, former Egyptian Minister of Labor Providing employment for the rising number of young people in the region is a huge challenge for governments -- and was the key focus at the 39th Arab Labor Conference in Cairo.
FACETIME: Hoshyar Zebari, Iraqi Foreign Minister After years of violence and sectarian tension, Iraq is trying to reshape its image as it hosts its first Arab Summit since 1990. MME sat down with Iraqi Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari who is hoping the event will not only improve the country's standing as a major political player but could boost the economy as well.
FACETIME: Saddek Omar Elkaber, Libyan Central Bank Governor
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.
FACETIME: Ghassan Hasbani, CEO International Operations, Saudi Telecom
FACETIME: Samer Khoury, President, Engineering & Construction, CCC
FACETIME: Issa Tuwegiar , Libyan Minister of Planning Year 2011 was a tumultuous year for the Middle East region. Libya is on a whole new path after deposing its leader Moammar Gaddafi last year. The country is still suffering from the months of violence that brought its economy almost to a standstill. MME met with the Libyan Planning Minister, Issa Tuwegiar and asked him about the road ahead.
FACETIME: Amre Moussa, Egyptian presidential candidate
FACETIME: EXCLUSIVE Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, Chairman, Kingdom Holding Company
FACETIME: EXCLUSIVE Ali Al-Naimi, Saudi Arabia Oil Minister