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As one of the world‘s most influential business hubs, the Middle East requires expert attention. Business Extra provides those experts, as well as news and insights from The National‘s esteemed team of business editors and reporters, who are on top of the markets, technology, the energy sector and more.

    Disruption is the new normal

    Disruption is the new normal

    Alix Partners, the global consulting firm, has launched a Middle East Disruption Index to examine the impact of trends such as climate change, technological advances and geopolitics on businesses and trade in the region.

    The survey showed 78 per cent of chief executives in the UAE and Saudi Arabia are confident in their company’s ability to withstand disruptive forces. However, there is also a lot of uncertainty with two thirds afraid that the disruption will ultimately displace them. Concerns over finding the right talent and also making effective investments in technology also cloud the outlook.

    Rob Hornby, Head of EMEA, AlixPartners and Gabriel Chahine, Middle East AlixPartners Lead speak to host Mustafa Alrawi about how disruption has become a new normal for organisations and companies.

    In this episode:










    The disruptive forces in the Mena region (0m 08s)




    The role of the executives in disruption (5m 03s)




    Climate change being a part of executive decisions and investing in the right talent (8m 30s)




    Are we in control of disruption? (14m 54s)






     



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    Economic recovery ‘like no other’: IMF, McKinsey, OECD experts tell PCR podcast series
    PCR podcast: two faces to the recovery in the Middle East and North Africa
    PCR podcast: how to manage the energy crisis

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    • 19 min
    Influence of Middle East art and culture

    Influence of Middle East art and culture

    A growing arts scene in the Middle East and North Africa over the past decade has both supported economic diversification and also been a sign of its success. Following the Covid-19 pandemic and amid concerns about the outlook for the region, can arts and culture maintain its momentum?

    Dr Ridha Moumni, Christie’s Middle East deputy chairman, talks to host Mustafa Alrawi about the auction house's role in growing the sector in the region and beyond.

    In this episode:








    The influence of arts and culture in the Mena business and commercial landscape (0m 10s)




    How the pandemic changed the art industry (3m 13s)




    The outlook for Arab and Middle Eastern contemporary art (6m 41s)




    Why does Mena art matter? (10m 42s)




    The art of collecting art (13m 12s)
     



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    NFTs and how Sotheby's is courting a new generation: Business Extra
    Christie's Dubai opens its Contemporary Middle Eastern Art show with masterpieces on view
    Biggest auction sales of 2021: from Beeple's NFT record to the Macklowe Collection

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    • 16 min
    Society’s role in energy transition

    Society’s role in energy transition

    With the world facing an energy 'trilemma' as it makes the push towards net zero carbon emission to help mitigate global warming, a bottom-up approach is needed to match the efforts of government and business.






    That's according to Dr Angela Wilkinson, the Secretary General of the World Energy Council, who joins host Mustafa Alrawi to discuss all aspects of the energy transition.

    • 16 min
    Why the UK is facing an energy price crisis

    Why the UK is facing an energy price crisis

    The National's London Bureau Chief Damien McElroy explains why the crisis has come about and discusses which direction the country might head next under such pressure, with host Mustafa Alrawi, including the possibility of a radical shake up of the social contract.

    In this episode:








    The cost of living and the energy crisis in the UK (0m 15s)




    The 'Brexit discount' and UK's readjustment (6m 58s)




    Is politics a solution? (9m 22s)




    UK government's help for individual and businesses (15m 01s)




    Knock on effect of the energy crisis (17m 48s)



     
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    Britain's energy crisis explained as cost of living woes await new PM
    Liz Truss 'favours targeted support' to ease UK's cost of living crisis
    A quarter of UK parents with school-age children do not plan to use heating this winter

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    • 23 min
    Four day work week?

    Four day work week?

    More than 3,000 workers at 70 companies in the UK began a six-month trial of a four-day working week in June.

    Researchers will work with each organisation to measure the effects on productivity and the well-being of its workers, and on the environment and gender equality. The trend toward new patterns of work has accelerated following the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Charlotte Lockhart and Andrew Barnes, from non-profit 4 Day Week Global, talk to hosts Mustafa Alrawi and Kelsey Warner about how they are building a community to research four day work week practices and identify the future of work.

    In this episode:








    Will the 4 day work week be a reality? (0m 13s)




    Measuring performance and adapting to the change (3m 52s)




    Bringing all the sectors together (6m 53s)




    Handling bad management, the 'grind' culture and the great resignation (11m 53s)




    Will the trend last or will we revert back? (15m 58s)



     
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    Companies could save $206bn by adopting remote working and ease inflation pressures
    Will the world follow the UAE's modernised working week?
    Belgian workers can ask for four-day week in first for Europe

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    • 23 min
    Takeo Kanade on rise of robots

    Takeo Kanade on rise of robots

    Automation and robotics are becoming mainstream and have emerged from beyond heavy industry in recent years. They can be found across sectors such as health care, tourism, retail, F&B and mobility.

    Investment and research into the field has also picked up including here in the UAE where Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence, or MBZUAI, is supporting local ambitions. Robots were also on hand to help visitors at Expo 2020 Dubai.

    Prof Takeo Kanade of Carnegie Mellon University talks to hosts Mustafa Alrawi and Kelsey Warner about how advances in robotics are changing the way we live and work.

    In this episode:





    The difference between AI, machine learning and robotics (0m 16s)
    The hurdles of applying autonomous transport in the real world (3m 31s)
    The opportunities for business leaders in robotics and AI (12m 16s)
    The future of robotics and large scale adoption (14m 59s)
     
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    Will staff shortages bring about the rise of the robots?: Business Extra
    Abu Dhabi to open AI research centre to drive high-tech innovation
    Can robots care? A conversation with the World Economic Forum's head of AI: Business Extra

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    • 26 min

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