Mark Lazell


Mark Lazell


Human impact

Oil industry job cuts are inevitable in a downturn, but there are strategic arguments against making redundancies

Boutique banking

Wholesale Islamic bank Bank Alkhair is looking to capitalise on the GCC’s growing demand for debt capital, says chief executive Ayman Sejiny

Free as a bird

For travel flexibility, choice, control and information at our disposal, we’ve never had it so good, says Ramzi al Qassab of Sabre Travel Network Middle East

Challenging the status quo

Bin Faqeeh Real Estate Investment Company continues to lead from the front in Bahrain’s real estate project market, and there’s more to come insists chairman Faisal Faqeeh

Fighting talk

Sir Glenn Torpy, the current senior military adviser at BAE Systems and the former chief of UK air staff from 2006 to 2009, discusses the company’s export business in the GCC, and long-standing military relations between the UK and the region

Hybrid strategy

The Gulf speaks to Dr Azad Moopen, the chairman and managing director of Aster DM Healthcare, about the company’s plans in Saudi Arabia

Growth accelerator

An area roughly the size of Washington DC is being developed on Saudi Arabia’s west coast. One day King Abdullah Economic City could be home to hundreds of thousands of people employed by a raft of world-class industries

Building empires

Al Bawani Company, one of Saudi Arabia’s top contracting companies, has built its business on foundations of honesty, integrity and transparency

Controlling the controllable

The macroeconomic environment may be uncertain, but one US multinational is taking a long-term approach to its investments in Saudi Arabia

Zoned out

A new industrial park announced in Sharjah represents a fresh approach to urban planning by city authorities

Global giant going local

US multinational General Electric’s expansion of a key oil and gas facility in Saudi Arabia is the latest step in a localisation strategy in the kingdom

The Age of Africa?

Heads of state, cabinet ministers, business leaders, financiers and investors brushed shoulders last month in Dubai to consider the massive opportunity, and challenges, presented by Africa


Mark Lazell