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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

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Subsidies not route to affordable energy, says Omani minister

Providing affordable energy is the biggest priority for Oman’s minister of energy and minerals, but subsidies are still not an option.  “Affordable energy, sustainable energy and clean energy in that order. We cannot flip it,” Salim Al Aufi told AGBI in an exclusive interview on Monday during the Oman Petroleum and Energy Show, which took […]

Borouge 4 UAE Video length: 03:31

Borouge to treble production despite lacklustre demand

The UAE petrochemicals company Borouge is to treble annual production capacity at its $6 billion polyolefin complex, despite forecasts of an oversupply in the sector. Once completed next year, Borouge 4 will be the world’s largest single-site producer of polyolefins, plastics mainly obtained from oil and natural gas. Borouge’s CEO, Hazeem Al Suwaidi, told AGBI […]

A spa room in Clinique La Prairie's latest Longevity Hub in Dubai, it's fifth in the emirate Video length: 03:32

The Dubai spa charging AED90,000 to increase ‘healthspan’

Clinique La Prairie opened its fifth Longevity Hub-branded spa in Dubai last month and is preparing to open a $300 million health resort in Saudi Arabia’s Amaala giga-project next year.  The “medical spa” receives 60,000 clients each year from the Middle East to its luxury facility in Montreux, Switzerland for longevity and preventative medicine treatments. […]

Head, Person, Face Deyaar's CEO, Saeed Al Qatami, says there has been 'phenomenal growth' in the commercial space Video length: 04:50

Dubai luxury real estate has stabilised, says Deyaar CEO

Demand for mid-segment and affordable properties will increase in the coming months as luxury real estate prices start to stabilise, according to Saeed Al Qatami, CEO of the Dubai master developer Deyaar Development.  “This is a segment that will see more demand and an increase in prices. Luxury has stabilised,” Al Qatami said. Last month […]

Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Dubai Chambers Video length: 04:40

UAE companies ‘can do more’ with Brics

UAE businesses need to do more to take advantage of the UAE joining Brics and signing free trade agreements with various countries, according to the chairman of Dubai Chambers. “Other countries are aware, but our business community needs to take advantage of what they can do with India, Indonesia, Turkey and other countries,” Abdul Aziz […]

A cafe in Dubai Mall. Consumers' tastes are changing, according to food producer Agthia Video length: 05:02

Made in UAE: consumers turn to local food brands

UAE consumers are increasingly turning to locally produced products, according to the head of a multi-billion-dirham food and beverage conglomerate.  Consumption patterns in the region are changing rapidly, prioritising healthy lifestyles, time-saving and convenience while maintaining authentic tastes.  “If you can produce something locally, give them good value for money, they are much more open […]

Lionel Messi, Antonela Roccuzzo and their sons on holiday. His latest Saudi Tourism promo video has been posted on Instagram Video length: 01:02

Saudi tourism scores big with Lionel Messi video

Global Google searches for “Saudi tourism” shot up at the weekend after tourism bosses in the kingdom released a new promotional video starring footballer Lionel Messi. The campaign, which is being launched in markets including Europe, India and China, focuses on overturning common misconceptions about Saudi Arabia. The video has been watched by 50 million […]

The Future Investment Initiative Conference, run by the Saudi PIF. The FII invests in a range of sectors, including startups Video length: 05:04

Middle East unicorns will flourish, predict VCs

For the first time since 2015, there were no deals worth more than $100 million last year in the UAE. Despite this, venture capitalists predict the region will see the creation of at least 10 unicorns – defined as a privately held startup company with a value of more than $1 billion – within the […]

Yasir Othman Al-Rumayyan, governor of the Saudi Public Investment Fund. Forty percent of the $11trn held by sovereign wealth funds is in the Gulf region Video length: 05:39

Sovereign wealth funds: the Gulf’s biggest power players

Did you know that the world’s first sovereign wealth fund was set up in the GCC? Kuwait Investment Authority was established in 1953, eight years before the country’s independence, to invest surplus oil revenues. Now every GCC country has a sovereign wealth fund responsible for financial returns and national economic development.  “Today there are over […]

Red Sea shipping Video length: 05:17

Gulf retailers absorb Red Sea shipping cost rise – for now

The Red Sea shipping crisis is only a “hiccup” in the day-to-day operations of UAE retailers, and customers will not experience any price rises or product shortages in the short term, chains are saying.  “We wouldn’t call it a crisis. This particular situation isn’t much different to the challenges we had when the Suez Canal […]

Data centre demand Video length: 05:25

Demand for data centres accelerates across Mena

Demand is growing for data centres across the Mena region, which is “underserved” according to Hassan Alnaqbi, CEO of Khazna Data Centers. Dubai-based Khazna, which has 14 working centres, 10 to 12 under construction and four more planned, is one of the largest operators in the region.  “We have announced our expansion into Egypt. It […]

A container ship crosses the Gulf of Suez towards the Red Sea before entering the Suez Canal in Al-'Ain al-Sokhna, Egypt, in July Video length: 04:21

Red Sea shipping crisis drives prices up

Attacks in the lower Red Sea by Houthi militants based in Yemen have resulted in a sharp rise in shipping costs.  While regional importers are unlikely to see any immediate impact over the holiday period, shortages and supply chain issues will start to take hold in February, an industry expert has said. “We can expect […]

Electric bikes Video length: 04:59

Gulf’s cheap petrol slows take-up of electric bikes

Almost 20 percent of the new cars sold this year are electric, according to the International Energy Agency, while e-bikes are becoming a familiar sight in cities around the world. The Middle East is behind China, the US and Europe on mass adoption, despite the lower operating costs and lower emissions of electric vehicles (EVs). […]

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum hosts the Space Agencies Leaders' Summit at Cop28 Video length: 06:07

Space data joins the battle against greenwashing

Space data is a vital tool for measuring decarbonisation and preventing greenwashing, an industry expert has told AGBI at the Cop28 conference in Dubai. “There is no other way to monitor [decarbonisation and carbon credits] at that scale if it wasn’t for Earth observation data,” said David Merren, assistant director for analytics and spatial at […]

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
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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 […]