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Shruthi Nair

Multimedia Editor

Shruthi is an award-winning Dubai-based journalist with eight years of experience reporting across digital and print platforms including newspaper, radio, TV and magazines in the Middle East. After serving as a reporter and TV presenter for Times of Oman, she led the video content division of Arabian Business and ITP Media Group's other B2B titles. She was also editor of Retail Middle East

Shruthi Nair
Darren Hulst, vice president of commercial marketing at Boeing Video length: 04:10

Middle East open to new airlines to meet demand

Boeing sold nearly 200 jets to Middle Eastern airlines during this year’s Dubai Airshow and the US plane manufacturer believes the region is ready for “more new entrants”. “Because of the geography and economic growth, this region will support more competition and new entrants, not only for local passengers but also for connecting economies throughout […]

Boom Supersonic Overture Video length: 01:47

Boeing remains cautious on prospect of supersonic flight

Neom Investment Fund – part of the Saudi giga-project Neom – has invested in US aircraft manufacturer Boom Supersonic, and Riyadh Air is also considering supersonic flight in its future projects. Saudi Arabian entities, it appears, are not fazed by the view of some industry experts that faster-than-sound flight poses unique difficulties. Darren Hulst, commercial […]

Wind turbine against blue sky with blurred green foreground greenwashing environment Video length: 04:43

Masdar City exec: Let’s talk about greenwashing

Greenwashing – a deceitful marketing gimmick where companies exaggerate their environmental actions – is “egregious” as it takes advantage of a movement that affects everyone on earth, according to Bill Weir, CNN’s chief climate correspondent.  A recent global survey conducted by US-based The Harris Poll and sponsored by Google Cloud found that six out of […]

King,Abdullah Financial District Video length: 04:10

King Abdullah Financial District helps grow FDI

Global consultancy business JLL recently announced the establishment of its regional headquarters in King Abdullah Financial District, joining other multinationals such as Pfizer, Bupa and Arthur D Little that are already set up there.  Launched in 2006 and located in northern Riyadh, KAFD plays an important role in Saudi’s push towards attracting foreign investments and […]

FII 2023 Saudi Arabia Future Investment Initiative Riyadh

A look inside the Future Investment Initiative

Energy transition, artificial intelligence and the burgeoning role of the Global South were just some of the key themes covered at the seventh edition of the Future Investment Initiative (FII) held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Held under the theme “The New Compass”, the three-day conference concluded with total investments worth $17.9 billion made. FII 2023 […]

Person, Market, Electronics Video length: 03:47

Why so much food is wasted in the UAE

The UAE aims to reduce food loss and waste by 50 percent by 2030.  “There is not much time left so we are working with speed to meet those targets,” said Khuloud Hasan Al Nuwais, chief sustainability officer of Emirates Foundation, which runs the national food loss and waste initiative Ne’ma. Food waste in the […]

There is a lack of regulation in the green bonds sector, with over a thousand different standards available around the world Video length: 05:10

Explained: Green bonds and how they work

The aggregate listing value of green bonds and sukuks on Nasdaq Dubai stands at around $24 billion, according to Christian Kunz, DIFC’s chief strategy, innovation and ventures officer. Regional conglomerates, as well as global companies, have recently used the exchange to raise funds to finance their green projects. Retail giant Majid Al Futtaim raised $500 […]

The Abraham Accords signing on September 15, 2022 Video length: 06:36

Abraham Accords – 3 years on, $3 billion in trade

An Israeli politician has described how the Abraham Accords, signed three years ago today, have “opened a floodgate to, hopefully, a new Middle East”. Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, deputy mayor of Jerusalem, tells AGBI in an exclusive video interview that the agreement signed at the White House on September 15 2020, is transforming Israel’s relations with the […]

The Middle East's digital economy stands at 4.1% of the region's entire economy Video length: 03:33

AI ‘can solve the problems’ for Middle East digital growth

The Middle East’s digital penetration stands at 4.1 percent of its overall economy – where “China was 15 years ago”, according to a strategist at Swiss bank UBS.  A recent technology report published by UBS highlights how the Middle East could be the next digital frontier, and why artificial intelligence could play a pivotal role. […]

Brics Video length: 03:36

Brics expansion could hasten move away from dollar

The addition of six new countries to the Brics bloc – including some of the world’s largest oil exporters – is likely to expedite the decline in the US dollar’s prominence in global trade, according to a Dubai financial analyst. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Iran, Argentina and Ethiopia have all been accepted as members […]

Sultan Ahmed al Jaber Video length: 03:55

Who is Sultan Al Jaber?

The decision to name Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber to lead the Cop28 climate conference in Dubai has been criticised, as he is also CEO of fossil fuel producer Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc). However, the UAE minister of industry and advanced technology also heads renewable energy business Masdar and has other sustainable credentials that […]

Lebanon’s caretaker energy minister Walid Fayad meeting TotalEnergies executives in Beirut Video length: 00:56

Drilling to begin on Lebanon’s block 9

Exploratory drilling in Lebanon’s offshore oil and gas block 9 will commence on Thursday of this week, caretaker energy minister Walid Fayad has said. “On August 24 the drilling process will begin, and it will be a historic day,” the state-owned National News Agency reported, citing the minister. “After 67 days, we will know the […]

Starzplay CEO Maaz Sheikh Video length: 5:59

UAE streamer Starzplay is ‘not chasing Netflix’

Video-on-demand service Starzplay is capitalising on its sports and Arabic content offering to attract subscribers and increase revenues.  The UAE-based platform was acquired by e& subsidiary E-vision and Abu Dhabi holding company ADQ last year. It has 2.9 million subscribers across 19 countries in the Mena region and Pakistan. Competitors such as Netflix and Dubai-based […]

Egypt inflation Video length: 03:16

Inflation in Egypt hit hard by Russia

Inflation in Egypt is going to be a “long-stretched affair”, according to a Mena market researcher in a video interview with AGBI.  Egypt’s annual headline inflation increased to a record 36.5 percent in July driven by high food prices. Currency devaluation and the Russia-Ukraine war have been the main factors contributing to the inflated prices.  […]

Cryptocurrency financial crime UAE Video length: 03:43

Crypto trading fuels financial crime in the UAE

The rise in the use of cryptocurrencies in the UAE has resulted in an increase in financial crime, according to a Dubai lawyer. “Cryptocurrency has given money launderers a feature that they have dreamt of – secrecy,” Maroun Abou Harb, an associate at law firm BSA, said during an exclusive video interview with AGBI. “This […]

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Private vaults fill the gap as banks abandon deposit boxes

Private vaults in Dubai are emerging to take the place of the safety deposit boxes once provided by traditional banks. Costs, concerns over legal liability and the rise of online banking have made providing safety deposit boxes less appealing for banking giants. Capital One, HSBC, Barclays and JPMorgan Chase have all withdrawn from the market. […]