Funky in town: Emirati entrepreneurs
Meet cousins Saud Al Ali and Nawaf Al Ali. These two young men are not even old enough to be eligible for a bank loan, yet they’re the force behind a really cool sandals brand called Funtakino. The cousins are being supported by Dubai SME and they plan to... Read more
JetEx: Triumph in adversity
For many SMEs the current economic conditions are proving difficult in terms of sustainability, with talks of cut-backs in an effort to reduce costs. However, there are instances where opportunities for expansion are being discovered. Adel Mardini, Chief Executive Officer, JetEx, explains how his company found triumph in adversity.... Read more
Business guru: Words from the wise
Starting his professional career as an accountant in India, Krishna Murthy now sits as the Chief Executive Officer of Al Rostamani Exchange. With over 20 years experience in investment banking and the finance sector, he believes in the importance of transparent leadership. He talks to Mike Byrne about his... Read more
Last year wasn’t a cakewalk by any standards, but it set the tone for a more positive mindset which, ultimately, meant a more positive business environment. They say when the going gets tough, the tough get going. What is that even supposed to mean? Going where, you might ask.... Read more
Part 1: Jeff Leach, Co-founder of N_K_DPizza, bares all Every detail matters N_K_DPizza has grown so much, so fast. Most entrepreneurs have a problem letting go but there comes a time when you need to be more hands off, bring in professionals and not try to micro manage. Has... Read more
Jeff Leach, Co-founder of N_K_DPizza, bares all
Jeff Leach strips his business down to its basics and tells us what makes his brand one of the fastest growing food franchises in the US. As the keynote speaker for the SME Advisor Summit, he had an extended chat with Ketaki Banga when he was in town to... Read more
Having begun his professional life with the French military, Arnaud Palu, now Chief Operating Officer for Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) Leisure, exudes an obvious leadership quality. He has almost 20 years business experience working for not only Disney but also The Millennium Dome and Dreamworks. Having earned a reputation... Read more
Family businesses are the backbone of the economy. While they face challenges, they also have strengths. We carry excerpts from a report published by Barclays Wealth and the Economist Intelligence Unit entitled “Family Business: In Safe Hands?” Based on a global survey of high-net worth individuals, including almost 300... Read more
Every department at work these days requires well-orchestrated support from IT. It is no longer nerdy; technology is a business necessity. This was evident when our panellists had to field a surprising number of questions from CEOs and other non-techie audience members on implementing technology for better business returns.... Read more
With the global financial meltdown and economic recession gripping most parts of the world, banks and financial lending institutions are again in the spotlight, given the important role they play in business. Manda Banda brings you the highlights of this very pertinent panel discussion. The experts on our panel... Read more