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Donna Benton returns

Donna Benton returns


The founder of the Entertainer, who sold the company 5 years ago, is back at the helm. We speak to Donna Benton, CEO of the Entertainer about why she's back and what she is planning to do to bring it back to its glory days. Plus, we talk expansion of the DMCC with Ahmed bin Suleyam. And, another comeback CEO - Dr. Howard Podolsky, who we remember from our COVID coverage, is back leading the Cambridge Medical and Rehabilitation Center.See for privacy information.
We speak to COO Eddy Tannous of Rotana Hotels about their gulf expansion plans. Plus, an extended chat with Professor Afshin Molavi of John Hopkins University on everything from China US relations, Biden v. Trump, and the UAE's upcoming COP28 conference. And, as Donna Benton returns to the Entertainer - we discuss what that means for the BOGOF company. See for privacy information.
Real Estate mogul Lewis Allsopp says his new research shows that we are headed that way. Meanwhile, Rove Hotels have announced their expansion plan with 10,000 new rooms to be added across the region. The COO Paul Bridger explains. And, when does winter actually begin in the UAE? As Tom and Richard couldn't decide, we asked ChatGPT. See for privacy information.
We get details of the Pumpkin Spice Latte sales and the most popular drink in the market with Andy Holmes, President of Starbucks at Alshaya. Plus, we talk the economics of space, with the man behind a Dhs19 billion satellite deal in Abu Dhabi: Yahsat finance chief Andrew Cole. And, we speak to H.E. Sheikh Faisal Bin Saoud AlQassimi, Director, Sharjah Airport Authority about the record passenger traffic they have seen this summer.   See for privacy information.
As Rupert Murdoch steps down as chairman of his media empire, we speak to Mazen Nahawi, Founder & CEO of CARMA about the succession of this conglomerate. Plus, we'll hear from some of the Apple enthusiasts queuing up to six hours to register for today's iPhone 15 launch and Ashish Panjabi of Jacky's about the demand for the new phone.   See for privacy information.
We hear from DXB boss Paul Griffiths about the future of the airports and would we see a move to Dubai South. Plus, as the Fed decided to hold interest rates & the UAE Central Bank followed suit, we asked Carla Slim of Standard Chartered Bank what this means for those of us living in the GCC. And, we talk Atlantis's preparations for NYE including a performance from Sting. See for privacy information.
This is the number from a new Knight Frank report. STR's research says the Middle East's hotel industry is the strongest in the world on metrics such as occupancy and Revpar & Dubai's average room rate sits above the regional average. We get details from Phillip Wooler of STR & Tim Cordon of Radisson Hotel Group. Plus, as New Year's Eve bookings are in full swing in Dubai, we find out from Tony Samuel of Flash ART Dubai about the demand and preparations for the fireworks display. See for privacy information.
19 Sep 2023. Ameen Jaber, Head of Marketing, Al Masaood Automobiles joined us to explain why they're seeing an increase in demand. Plus, we get the details from the UN General Assembly meeting in New York, where Dubai-based professor Taufiq Rahim is our man on the ground. And, Banking giant Citi says we're at an inflection point when it comes to cross border payments. We'll find out why with their global head of the future of finance - Ronit Ghose. See for privacy information.
Tech veteran Ashish Panjabi reveals the true state of the local gadget market. Plus, the DIFC starts selling residential property for the first time this week. We speak to Knight Frank about expected demand. And we get on our bike to discuss the business of cycling following the announcement of more investment into the bikey-infrastructure with Anamaria Castillo, Landscape Strategies Director at Khalq Studio. See for privacy information.
We look at the economics of traffic here in the UAE as motorists continue to complains of congested roads. Phil Clarke of 4E Road Safety & Transport Consultants for the technical side of traffic and what could that mean to our economy with Jeanne Walters, Economist of Emirates NBD. Plus, we talk tall towers with the editor of MEED, who broke the story that Jeddah’s 1 kilometer behemoth is back on track.See for privacy information.
New report from Property Monitor says that the summer slowdown which we normally witnesses pretty much didn’t happen this year. Zhann Jochinke, COO, Property Monitor + Director of Market Intelligence & Research at Cavendish Maxwell talk us through the report. Plus, the International Energy Agency warns OPEC+ supply cuts could send prices higher. Energy expert Dr Sara Vakshouri, Founder & President, SVB Energy International joins us live. And new private jet service for dogs has been launched in Dubai. We talk dogs on planes with Adam Golder, Co-Founder of K9 JETS.See for privacy information.
We get the reaction to the Apple launch of Dubai-based tech journalist Daanesh Kalyaniwalla. Plus, we get the lowdown on the Lulu IPO, from lawyer Andrew Tarbuck, Partner, Head of Capital Markets, Al Tamimi & Company. And, talking oil demand with Matt Stanley, Client Liaison Lead, Middle East, Africa and Asia, Kpler & Co-host of the Smoking Barrel Podcast.See for privacy information.
Ahead of tonight’s new iPhone launch - we speak to tech researchers Counterpoint, as smartphone sales fall to their lowest in a decade. Plus, we talk education as  Georgetown University announced the launch of its new Executive Master of Business Administration (Executive MBA) program at the DIFCAcademy in Dubai. And, Dubai's first tokenised equity crowd funding platform will be launch, we find out more with Scott Thiel, Managing Director at TOKO.See for privacy information.
It's a deep dive of what happened with G20 meeting in India. We've got reaction from two economist: Shalini Mittal in Delhi and Ed Bell in Dubai. We also also have Christopher Seymour, Head of Strategy and Investment for Middle East,  Africa and South Asia Mott MacDonald and Chair of RICS MEA and his take about the landmark East-West railway and shipping deal. And, we talk gold with the team from the World Gold Council.See for privacy information.
08 Sep 2023. We find out what the meeting means for the UAE - who has been invited as a special guest, plus what the mood is on the ground. We also look at July's incredible air passenger numbers with regional IATA boss Khalid Kashif. See for privacy information.
07 Sep 2023. The new voluntary end-of-services scheme which will let employees invest their savings got us thinking if companies move away from gratuities - will they also move away from splitting salaries into basic and allowances? We ask recruiter Oscar Orellana-Hyder, Co-Founder, Cordell Partners. Plus, we look at the future of bricks-and-mortar retailing. Fuad Mansoor Sharaf, Managing Director – UAE - Shopping Malls, Majid Al Futtaim Properties joined us to discuss their new platform to promote home grown brands. And, we talk luxury property with Espace Real Estate.See for privacy information.
06 Sep 2023. We get the investment perspective from Dean Kemble, Chief Commercial Officer, GSB Capital & the savings angle from Mohammed Al Ali of National Bonds. Plus, we talk remittances with Alex Holmes of Moneygram. And, how big a problem is the clickbait listings for the real estate industry? We ask Kieron Franklin of Nunza Real Estate.See for privacy information.
05 Sep 2023. We get both the lawyer's view and the compensation expert's take on that new end-of-service benefits scheme. Michael Chattle is from the lawfirm Pinsent Masons and Martin McGuigan is from Comp & Ben Middle East. Plus, we look at tax breaks for small companies in the UAE, with lawyer Nils Vanhassel.  See for privacy information.
04 Sep 2023. UAE Astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi has successfully landed back on earth after spending 6 months in space - listen back to the historic moment. Plus, we look at what a UAE-New Zealand CEPA could mean for both countries with New Zealand based economist Dr. Oliver Hartwich. And we speak to new Dubai Future District Fund MD Nader Al Bastaki about where he wants to take the fund.See for privacy information.
01 Sep 2023. Petrol prices are up around 9% for September - we find out why and what they mean for us on the ground from economy expert - Daniel Richards of Emirates NBD and energy expert - Sean Evers. Plus, we talk VCs from the US looking to the UAE for investments with Zafer Younis of SVVI. And, we talk the business of sport with former Rugby legend Matt Tait ahead of the Dubai Sevens. See for privacy information.
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