Wednesday, December 17, 2008


December 19th


OPEC, which pumps 40% of the world oil, is this week set to announce plans to cut its output when it meets in Oran, Algeria. The cut in crude is hoped to stabilise prices and will be the third cut in quotas since September. So what's behind the supply cuts? Is it just a matter of price stability? Or is OPEC trying to protect the cost of future investments?

FACETIME: Naguib Sawiris, Chairman and CEO, Orascom Telecom

Amidst the economic downturn, one company is venturing into markets where others fear to tread. Orascom launches its mobile phone services in North Korea this week. CEO Naguib Sawiris tells MME about the company's ambitious expansion plans and the effects of the international financial crisis.

December 26th

SPECIAL EDITION: Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, CROWN PRINCE OF BAHRAIN

We take a look back at an exclusive interview with the Crown Prince of Bahrain, Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa. History, its strategic location and demographics have forced Bahrain to deal with some difficult challenges, unlike many of its neighbours. MME speaks to the Crown Prince about politics, economics, regional security, and even Formula 1.

January 2nd

MME Market Watch:

It was a tumultuous year for global investors and the Middle East was no exception. With volatile stock markets, a fluctuating dollar and a rollercoaster ride in oil prices, 2008 has been a busy year for Middle East Markets. Have the markets finally hit the bottom or can investors expect more uncertainty in 2009?

FACETIME: Thomas Enders, CEO, Airbus

It was a busy year for Thomas Enders, CEO of Airbus. From the delivery of the First A380 for Singapore Airlines to the establishment of a production line in China. Airbus is broadening its base and looking for new markets. But as the credit crunch tightens its grip MME asks the man at the helm of Airbus whether the company can meet its deadlines?