CNBC to broadcast business show from new Abu Dhabi HQ

Middle East anchor Hadley Gamble said the Abu Dhabi studio will help ‘tell the global business story through a unique Middle East lens.’ (CNBC)
Updated 16 April 2018
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CNBC to broadcast business show from new Abu Dhabi HQ

  • CNBC will unveil its new Middle East headquarters and TV studios
  • CNBC will broadcast “Capital Connection,” fronted by Middle East anchor Hadley Gamble

London: The financial news network CNBC will on Monday unveil its new Middle East headquarters and TV studios, based at the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) complex.
The facility will act as the network’s regional hub, and broadcast “Capital Connection,” fronted by Middle East anchor Hadley Gamble.
CNBC’s Nancy Hungerford will co-anchor the show from the network’s Asia headquarters, which is based within the Singapore Exchange, the network said in a statement.
“We’ve been reporting the Middle East business story to CNBC’s elite global audience for years. The launch of our new home within ADGM starts a new chapter in our reporting from the region,” said Gamble.
“These new state-of-the-art studios provide us with a fantastic platform to tell the global business story through a unique Middle East lens.”
CNBC says this week’s broadcasts from the Middle East will include exclusive interviews with Mohamed Khalifa Al-Mubarak, chairman of Aldar Properties, and Saudi Prince Turki Al-Faisal.
Capital Connection broadcasts live from Abu Dhabi between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. GST, Monday to Thursday.
Guests on Monday include: Peter Baumgartner, CEO of Etihad Airways; Luka Mucic, CFO of SAP and Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris.
John Casey, CNBC’s senior vice president of international news and programming, said: “CNBC broadcasts daily from the network’s International Headquarters in New York, London and Singapore. With the addition of our new Middle East Headquarters at ADGM, we plan to connect Abu Dhabi to the world’s financial capitals.”


Arab Social Media Influencer Summit kicks off in Dubai with star-studded lineup

Updated 10 December 2018
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Arab Social Media Influencer Summit kicks off in Dubai with star-studded lineup

DUBAI: The glittering who’s who of the Middle East’s social media world gathered in Dubai Monday for a day of talks at the Arab Social Media Influencers Summit (ASMIS), organized by the Dubai Press Club.

This was the third edition of the summit, and also its biggest yet. The event featured a star-studded guest list, with Saudi TV personality Lojain Omran, fashion blogger Ola Farahat, Emirati singer Hussain Al-Jasmi and Saudi fashion blogger and designer Tamara Al-Gabbani participating, according to event organizers.

The event included talks given by high-profile influencers. Huda and Mona Kattan, known for their hugely-popular makeup brand Huda Beauty, spoke about their experience of building a beauty brand that has gone on to hit shelves around the world. Meanwhile, Murad and Nataly Osmann, creators of the much-copied “#followmeto” project that went viral on Instagram, also discussed their influences and inspirations and talked about their ascent to fame.

Social media influencers from all over the Arab region gathered together for networking opportunities, panels and discussions at the World Trade Center in the heart of the city and the day was topped off with a keynote address by Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan.

 “We are delighted to welcome an iconic Arab figure such as Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, who is also a well-known character in the field of humanitarian and charitable work with an emphasis on issues related to education and youth development,” said Mona Ghanem Al-Marri, president of Dubai Press Club and chairperson of the ASMIS Organizing Committee, in her speech to the crowd.

Other speakers included Roaya Saleh; Bahraini restaurateur and founder of the Villa Mamas restaurant, Egyptian comedy star Mohamed Henedy and Max of Arabia, the half-British, half-American social media star who lives in the UAE and speaks Arabic like a pro.