Interviews

Brndstr seeks to be your creative branding solution

Brndstr seeks to be your creative branding solution

Brndstr is an innovation house for brands and agencies. Think of Brndstr as an extension to your company’s creative team, and providing with technical solutions. They also help companies with their social tech campaigns. Here is an exclusive interview with Simon Hudson,  CEO and Founder – Brndstr.com. How will you explain […]

 
 

Business Tips and Insights by Dubai-based Entrepreneur Preeya Malik

Business Tips and Insights by Dubai-based Entrepreneur Preeya Malik

Dubai-based Entrepreneur shares insights on doing business in Dubai/UAE

 
 

Snacking on Technology – Freedom Pizza

Snacking on Technology – Freedom Pizza

Pizza, US Roadtrips and Geeking out on technology = Freedom Pizza Founder & CEO, Ian Ohan Week 2 of 52 weeks of inspiration and SwissGulf Partners were lucky enough to catch up with Freedom Pizza CEO, Ian Ohan. We chatted about the incredible success of Freedom Pizza and Ian’s outlook […]

 
 

Bhupender Nath on ease of doing business in UAE

Bhupender Nath on ease of doing business in UAE

Our sit down with Bhupender Nath, CEO and Owner of Passion F&B, on ease of doing business in UAE amidst looming oil price slump and its impacts. What brought you to Dubai — work or personal reasons? Business brought me to Dubai, in 1997. When I was working in Africa, […]

 
 

Interview: How Sergey Petrossov revolutionized private jet business

Interview: How Sergey Petrossov revolutionized private jet business

JetSmarter is the Uber for Private Jets Sergey Petrossov, Chief Executive Officer and founder of JetSmarter, is one of those few people who are in the field of aviation but at the same time respect the importance of latest IT trends to fortify their business.  The Arabian Gazette managed to […]

 
 

Remarketing on Facebook is the in-thing: Hania Hoss

Remarketing on Facebook is the in-thing: Hania Hoss

Interview with Hania Hoss, where she talks about all things digital and social media Hania ElSolh Hoss is a social and digital media manager based out of Dubai. She has been associated with the world’s most sought after brands such as Nike, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Crocs. During her free time, she develops mobile applications […]

 
 

Best Leaders are the Best Learners: Jim Kouzes

Best Leaders are the Best Learners: Jim Kouzes

Jim Kouzes is the Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership at Santa Clara University and has co-authored over 30 extensively-researched books, including the award-winning The Leadership Challenge (published by Wiley). An experienced executive, he lectures on leadership around the world to corporations, governments and non-profits. He will be providing a keynote […]

 
 

Madhu Arora, the lady with the magical pen

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When you are multifaceted as Madhu Arora is, it is difficult to decide whether the mind that weaves brilliant content about cinema & lifestyle is more powerful, or the face behind it  more beautiful. A rare combination indeed. But rarer still is that these multitasking business skills should come from a […]

 
 

Interview: Alexander Rauser, CEO Prototype Interactive

Interview: Alexander Rauser, CEO Prototype Interactive

The first Facebook bank branch in the Middle East was pioneered by Prototype Interactive “As Google continues to get better at connecting related search queries, long, in-depth content will become more of a trend. These pages will rank for both broad head terms and long tail terms Pages that are hyper-targeted […]

 
 

Interview: Productivity Guru David Allen in Dubai

Interview: Productivity Guru David Allen in Dubai

His 2001 published book sold 1.6 million copies. He has 1.22 million Twitter followers and people world over wait for his seminars. He is the International Best Selling Author, Veteran Coach and a Management Consultant. Behold Dubai, he is coming here after a gap of 20 years. David Allen, the […]

 
 

“My nightmares never got so bad” – Brazil President Dilma Rousseff on World Cup defeat

“My nightmares never got so bad” – Brazil President Dilma Rousseff on World Cup defeat

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff on World Cup defeat – “My nightmares never got so bad” In her first interview since Brazil’s devastating 7-1 loss to Germany in last night’s World Cup semi-finals, Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that the defeat was an “extremely painful situation” but one […]

 
 

Interview: Rich Pearson, SVP, Elance-oDesk

Interview: Rich Pearson, SVP, Elance-oDesk

Freelancing, specifically online freelancing, is still a tiny part of the global staffing industry, which is estimated to be $422 billion. Last year the combined online staffing industry was $1.5 billion and this number is expected to grow to $25 billion in the next 5 years. A Bayt.com survey has […]

 
 

The Real Picture of the UAE Real Estate Sector: Towards Economic Boom

The Real Picture of the UAE Real Estate Sector: Towards Economic Boom

Property and real estate are two aspects in an economy that are highly vulnerable and immensely susceptible to the slightest variation. When these two elements enjoy a period of boom, there’s much to speak about – boast and brag even. But the facet of a threat of the boom bursting […]

 
 

Interview: Osama Romoh, Director of Media at RBBi

Interview: Osama Romoh, Director of Media at RBBi

Arabian Gazette’s interview with Osama Romoh, Director of Media at RBBi, where he shares his thoughts on the MENA digital landscape. The regions first User Experience, User Interface and Performance Marketing agency RBBi has appointed Osama Romoh as the Director of Media. Having previously worked as the Head of Media at […]

 
 

Spectacular Time-lapse Video of Dubai

Spectacular Time-lapse Video of Dubai

You’ve probably seen some amazing time-lapse videos. In case you aren’t aware of the technique – it is a trick in which sequential photos are captured over a period of time and compressed into a short video. For example, an image of a scene may be captured once every second, then played […]

 
 

Why the Dubai boom fails to reach everyone

Why the Dubai boom fails to reach everyone

Nicolai Tillisch, bestseller authour and consultant, on why the Dubai boom fails to reach everyone, interview by Gérard Al-Fil. Management consultant and bestseller authour Nicolai Tillisch spoke to Arabian Gazette in an exclusive interview on why trial and error for startups or blue chip firms, no longer works to stay […]

 
 

Wysada.com – Beautiful Décor for Your Home

Wysada.com – Beautiful Décor for Your Home

Wysada.com Founder Mohammad Musleh tells us how Wysada.com is changing the home interiors and lifestyle retail market across the Arab World. Wysada.com is an online private sales club that offers members fast and easy access to irresistible luxury interior design and high-quality home wares at exceptional value. Just like its brand […]

 
 

Interview with Muhammad Chbib of Desado.com

Interview with Muhammad Chbib of Desado.com

Desado is the Middle East’s first online destination for home décor items. Launched in December 2012, Desado offers the largest platform for people to share their inspirations and connect with the regional and international design community. Desado.com allows visitors to browse, buy and share exciting, high-quality design innovations and all-time […]

 
 

Alex Andarakis on Business Strategies and Investing

Alex Andarakis on Business Strategies and Investing

Part II of Arabian Gazette’s exclusive interview with Alex Andarakis, Founder/MD, Andarakis Advisory Services. The expat with the most enviable CV. Alexander John Andarakis, is a highly experienced senior executive and a leading marketing and leadership professional with over 25 years of international, regional, and local experience with multinational companies, large […]

 
 

Alex Andarakis, Founder/MD, Andarakis Advisory Services

Alex Andarakis, Founder/MD, Andarakis Advisory Services

Meet Alex Andarakis The Expat with the most enviable CV. Alexander John Andarakis, is a highly experienced senior executive and a leading marketing and leadership professional with over 25 years of international, regional, and local experience with multinational companies, large regional companies and large publicly listed companies in Australasia, Middle […]

 
 

Fashion Photography by Rhys Simpson-Hopkins: Hermoine Macura interview

Image Provided :By Photographer Rhys Simpson-Hopkins

Arabian Gazette Exclusive: Well-known celebrity Hermoine Macura interviews fashion photographer Rhys Simpson-Hopkins. Fashion photography in the Arab world is an art that few photographers master. Hermione Macura heads behind the scenes to meet a UAE-based photographer who offers a fresh perspective for local brands that want to stay true to their cultural […]

 
 

Interview: Zaheer Dodhia, CEO – MycroBurst.com, Region’s First Arabic Language Crowdsourcing Platform for Graphic Design

Interview: Zaheer Dodhia, CEO – MycroBurst.com, Region’s First Arabic Language Crowdsourcing Platform for Graphic Design

MycroBurst has launched its crowdsourcing platform for graphic design in the Arabic language. It is the first crowdsourcing platform to do so. Zaheer Dodhia, CEO of MycroBurst.com, says: “This is an inexpensive and exciting new way of sourcing branding and logos. We have many customers based in the Middle East […]

 
 

New Age Beauty Care – Interview With Sara Abdulrazak

New Age Beauty Care – Interview With Sara Abdulrazak

“As if you were on fire from within, the moon lives in the lining of your skin.” ~Pablo Neruda ~ The Middle East has always been a traditional beauty care industry right from the time of Ancient Egyptians. Skincare and hair care by means of natural products,  the use of […]

 
 

Legal Counsel In The Middle East: For Expatriates, By Expatriates

Founder &Managing Partner,Advocate Musthafa Zafeer O.V. & Senior Lawer and Managing Partner, Adv.Almana Zafeer

 “A multinational firm from UK has plans of  expanding its operations in the Middle East. Because of the cultural differences and marked business practices in the Middle East and GCC countries, they need guidance and legal representation in setting up their operations, corporate restructuring, capital increases and reductions, business licencing […]

 
 

Video Blogging is taking Arabia by storm – Vadwen founder Mohammed Jaradat

Video Blogging is taking Arabia by storm – Vadwen founder Mohammed Jaradat

Mohammed Jaradat is an Amman-based Jordanian entrepreneur. Despite being a high school dropout, he went on to become a pioneer in video production, TV programming and compèring. After establishing his credentials in the entertainment industry, Mohammed Jaradat, also known as Neo, turned his attention to online video blogging and coined […]

 
 

Hicham Lahlou famous designer calls on Arab leaders to create the “Arab Touch”

Hicham Lahlou famous designer calls on Arab leaders to create the “Arab Touch”

Hicham Lahlou already stands among the world’s elite designers. This young French-Moroccan designer – a voluble, dynamic, ever smiling, generous and optimistic personality – is not only very talented but he is also very funny. So much so that he could be a one-man show artist in another life! He […]

 
 

Interview with Pankaj Chaddah – Co-founder Zomato.com

Deepinder Goyal (right) with Pankaj Chaddah (left) - founder and co-founder of zomato.com. Photo provided

Zomato was founded in July 2008 by IIT Delhi alumni and has expanded its services over a span of 4 years to 16 cities across India and the UAE. The website has become Asia’s largest restaurant and nightlife guide with listings of over 48,000 restaurants. The Delhi-based restaurant info and review website […]

 
 

When Tenacity Pays Off: How Younes Boumehdi’s Dream Became Morocco’s Hit Radio

When Tenacity Pays Off: How Younes Boumehdi’s Dream Became Morocco’s Hit Radio

Who has not dreamed of owning his own music radio station, to pass his favourite music, the tunes of his childhood when all other public radios only broadcast programmes according to a very institutional grid? Younes Boumehdi has had this dream come true after 13 years of waiting, to get […]

 
 

Interview – Abdullah Saif Al Darmaki – CEO Al Ain Dairy

Interview – Abdullah Saif Al Darmaki – CEO Al Ain Dairy

Al Ain Dairy is the largest dairy and juice producer in the UAE. Founded in 1981, with original stock imported from Australia, the farm now breeds its own over 3,000 head of milking steers. It also has a camel farm with more than 200 dairy animals. The UAE has 26 dairy farms […]

 
 

Interview with Hana Sadiq – The Iconic Diva

Interview with Hana Sadiq – The Iconic Diva

The statusque women sashaying down the ramp held the audience captive. It was hard to comprehend what it was that arrested your attention. No doubt they were all beautiful to a fault, and yet there was something more. The streaming Arabic Sufi music only added to the aura. The women […]

 
 

Interview – Philippe Elie – Director of Operations, EMEA, Riverbed

Philippe Elie, Director, Business Operations EMEA, Riverbed

Philippe Elie is the director of operations, EMEA at Riverbed Technology. Philippe is also responsible for developing the partner community in the Middle East consisting of distributors, resellers, systems integrators, and service providers. Arabian Gazette’s Moign Khawaja asked him some questions about Riverbed Technology’s operations in the Middle East, and […]

 
 

Interview: Tarak Ben Ammar – Arab Film Producer and Distributor

Interview: Tarak Ben Ammar – Arab Film Producer and Distributor

By Rahma Rachdi Tarak Ben Ammar was born on 12 June, 1949 in Tunis to a French mother of Corsican origin and Tunisian father. His father was a lawyer who was later appointed as a diplomat. Tarak is the nephew of Wassila Bourguiba, wife of President Habib Bourguiba – the founder and first president […]

 
 

Interview: Isam Bayazidi – CEO ikoo

Interview: Isam Bayazidi – CEO ikoo

Isam Bayazidi is the CEO of ikoo, an integrated digital marketing solution provider with the largest reach in the Middle East and North Africa, combining more than 120 websites of leading publishers in the fields of sports, women, news, business, automotive, and more. The ikoo network attracts almost 40 million monthly unique visitors […]

 
 

Entrepreneur Talk: Lothar Hohmann – Owner TIM Precise

Entrepreneur Talk: Lothar Hohmann – Owner TIM Precise

Lothar Hohmann is owner of PRECISE, a company that produces laser engraved 2D and 3D portraits, trophies, awards, corporate gifts and mementos made of precious high-quality optical crystal. He is an energetic, creative entrepreneur with a sharp ability to identify business opportunities and to transform them into profitable enterprises. Arabian Gazette sat […]

 
 

Entrepreneur Talk – Kamal Hassan, Chief Excitement Officer – Innovation360

Entrepreneur Talk – Kamal Hassan, Chief Excitement Officer – Innovation360

Kamal Hassan is a 20-year veteran of the business world with expertise in corporate strategy, innovation management, performance excellence and business development and growth. He has been an active supporter of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and startups in the UAE and Palestine for the past several years, and has been […]

 
 

How To Protect Your Business From Evolving Digital Threats

How To Protect Your Business From Evolving Digital Threats

The Middle East, especially Iran, has been under cyber-attack for several years. Trojans, spywares and worms such as Stuxnet, Duqu, et al, have wreaked havoc on Iranian computer networks, especially the ones connected to the nuclear programme, in the past. Latest reports suggest computers, especially in the Middle East, are being targeted […]

 
 

Entrepreneur Talk – Arshed Mohammed, Founder – Spirit of Arabia

Entrepreneur Talk – Arshed Mohammed, Founder – Spirit of Arabia

Arshed Mohammed is the Founder of Spirit of Arabia, a brand of choice for contemporary stylish clothing, accessories and gift items designed around an Arabian theme. Spirit of Arabia aims to emerge as a truly unique concept that merges fashion, retail and tourism sectors. Arabian Gazette’s Moign Khawaja and Mahsoom Thottathil […]

 
 

Interview: Farah Al Fardh – UAE’s Paper Magician

Interview: Farah Al Fardh – UAE’s Paper Magician

Farah Al Fardh is an Emirati lady gifted with multiple talents. She takes great interest in acting, dancing and writing but her knack of paper wizardry clearly stands out. She developed an interest in paper-based arts and crafts at an early age. The young Emirati female graduated from Zayed University’s College of […]

 
 

Back to the Square: Talking Egypt’s Revolution One Year Later With Petr Lom and Mark Nabil

Back to the Square: Talking Egypt’s Revolution One Year Later With Petr Lom and Mark Nabil

The reason why we may have identified so deeply with the revolutions of the Arab Spring this past year, seems to be the protesters unfaltering courage. This year’s recipient of the Olof Palme Prize, Gomorrah‘s author in hiding Roberto Saviano asked this rhetorical question when I interviewed him recently: “Where […]

 
 

Entrepreneur Talk: Tala Badri – Founder, Executive Director of the Centre for Musical Arts

Entrepreneur Talk: Tala Badri – Founder, Executive Director of the Centre for Musical Arts

Tala Badri is the Founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Musical Arts (CMA). Born and educated in Dubai, Tala studied music at Royal Holloway, University of London, and is the only female Emirati music graduate to date. Arabian Gazette’s Moign Khawaja and Amalia Costin sat down with Tala […]