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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.

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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.

    How Lebanon's economy went 'beyond the brink'

    How Lebanon's economy went 'beyond the brink'

    This week, Nassib Ghobril, head of economic research at Lebanon’s Byblos Bank, and Massoud Derhally, The National's business editor, join host Kelsey Warner to discuss Lebanon's precarious economic future.

    In this episode:
    Hassan Diab's resignation (0m 5s)
    Nassib Ghobril on Lebanon's economic status (1m 13s)
    Lebanon since the civil war (4m 17s)
    IMF bailout for Lebanon (6m 39s)
    The new government and the financial system (12m 31s)
    What can we expect this year for Lebanon? (16m 09s)

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    • Beirut explosion to deepen Lebanon's economic contraction to 24%, IIF says (https://www.thenational.ae/business/economy/beirut-explosion-to-deepen-lebanon-s-economic-contraction-to-24-iif-says-1.1061929)

    • Lebanon's Solidere stocks fluctuate as Beirut bourse resumes trading after explosion (https://www.thenational.ae/business/markets/lebanon-s-solidere-stocks-fluctuate-as-beirut-bourse-resumes-trading-after-explosion-1.1061818)

    • UN food chief: Beirut could run out of bread in under three weeks (https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/un-food-chief-beirut-could-run-out-of-bread-in-under-three-weeks-1.1062053)

    • 19 min
    Business Extra Special: ENEC’s Mohamed Al Hammadi on UAE’s nuclear energy ambitions

    Business Extra Special: ENEC’s Mohamed Al Hammadi on UAE’s nuclear energy ambitions

    On this special edition of Business Extra, Kelsey Warner talks to Mohamed Al Hammadi, chief executive of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, about the Barakah nuclear power station and UAE’s nuclear energy ambitions.

    In this episode:

    On the moment Unit 1 powered on (0m 47s)

    How nuclear energy fits into the UAE's Energy Strategy 2050 (3m 41s)

    When Units 2, 3 and 4 will be ready (6m 23s)

    Building a local team and community in Al Dhafra (8m 47s)

    Lessons in leadership during Covid-19 (13m 39s)

    Future of nuclear energy (16m 55s)

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    • Barakah Nuclear Power Station: Energy today for UAE's tomorrows (https://www.thenational.ae/uae/barakah-nuclear-power-station-energy-today-for-uae-s-tomorrows-1.1057611)

    • UAE becomes first Arab nation to produce nuclear energy (https://www.thenational.ae/uae/uae-becomes-first-arab-nation-to-produce-nuclear-energy-1.1057355)

    • Barakah: Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed visits Arab world's first nuclear plant (https://www.thenational.ae/uae/government/barakah-sheikh-mohamed-bin-zayed-visits-arab-world-s-first-nuclear-plant-1.1032316)

    • 19 min
    Microsoft finds the 9-to-5 workday is fading away

    Microsoft finds the 9-to-5 workday is fading away

    New research from Microsoft found that the expectation of the 9 to 5 is starting to slip away amid the global shift to remote work.

    The US tech company, which owns email service Outlook and event manager Calendar, as well as LinkedIn and search engine Bing, has one of the biggest data sets on who we are and what we do at work. It mined its trillions of data points based on emails, meetings, searches and posts to come up with its Work Trends Index.

    To discuss the company's findings, host Kelsey Warner is joined by Naim Yazbeck, a director for Microsoft UAE. They talk about who is being most affected by the WFH experiment, a surprising uptick in a specific emotion - empathy - and how to avoid burnout.

    In this episode:
    What have we learned from working from home? (0m 34s)
    Which generation finds WFH the most challenging? (8m 52s)
    Headlines (16m 34s)

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    • Eight in 10 people expect flexible work from home policies post Covid-19, Microsoft survey finds (https://www.thenational.ae/business/technology/eight-in-10-people-expect-flexible-work-from-home-policies-post-covid-19-microsoft-survey-finds-1.1047213)

    • How the pandemic is reshaping work-life balance (https://www.thenational.ae/business/how-the-pandemic-is-reshaping-work-life-balance-1.1057406)

    • Eight in 10 people in UAE will work remotely after Covid-19, says report (https://www.thenational.ae/business/technology/eight-in-10-people-in-uae-will-work-remotely-after-covid-19-says-report-1.1038520)

    • Adnoc's logistics subsidiary eyes smart growth opportunities following shipping JV, CEO says (https://www.thenational.ae/business/energy/adnoc-s-logistics-subsidiary-eyes-smart-growth-opportunities-following-shipping-jv-ceo-says-1.1058662)

    • Virgin Galactic delays Richard Branson flight to space and plans new share sale (https://www.thenational.ae/business/aviation/virgin-galactic-delays-richard-branson-flight-to-space-and-plans-new-share-sale-1.1058660)

    • HSBC profit plunges as loan loss provisions soar on Covid-19 (https://www.thenational.ae/business/banking/hsbc-profit-plunges-as-loan-loss-provisions-soar-on-covid-19-1.1058134)

    • 17 min
    IEA’s Fatih Birol on the opportunities for Iraq's economy

    IEA’s Fatih Birol on the opportunities for Iraq's economy

    This week, The National's Editor-in-Chief, Mina Al-Oraibi, talks to Mustafa Alrawi about her interview with the International Energy Agency's executive director Dr Fatih Birol regarding efforts to diversify and reform Iraq's economy.

    In this episode:
    Mina on Iraq's future (0m 30s)
    Dr Fatih Birol about the investment environment in Iraq (4m 20s)
    Gas flaring and Iraq's government (5m 35s)
    Headlines (14m 25s)

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    • Energy and legal framework reforms will usher stability into Iraq, IEA chief says (https://www.thenational.ae/business/energy/energy-and-legal-framework-reforms-will-usher-stability-into-iraq-iea-chief-says-1.1055231)

    • Gold hits record high as haven demand rises and dollar slips (https://www.thenational.ae/business/markets/gold-hits-record-high-as-haven-demand-rises-and-dollar-slips-1.1055030)

    • DP World expands with 60% stake in South Korea's Unico amid pandemic-induced volume drop (https://www.thenational.ae/business/dp-world-expands-with-60-stake-in-south-korea-s-unico-amid-pandemic-induced-volume-drop-1.1055132)

    • 'Groundswell of interest' among ESG investors in disability rights (https://www.thenational.ae/business/groundswell-of-interest-among-esg-investors-in-disability-rights-1.1054785)

    • 15 min
    Sovereign wealth funds hunt for opportunity amid Covid-19 crisis

    Sovereign wealth funds hunt for opportunity amid Covid-19 crisis

    It seems that despite the market volatility caused by the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic that many sovereign wealth funds had learned the lesson of the last financial crisis and were nimble enough and cash-heavy enough to seize the opportunities out there.

    On this week's episode, Mustafa Alrawi and Kelsey Warner talk to Zainab Kufaishi, head of Middle East and Africa at Invesco.

    In this episode:
    Intro (0m 08s)
    Zainab Kufaishi on Invesco's annual global sovereign asset management study (1m 11s)
    How are sovereign funds investing now? (3m 42s)
    What is a good investment opportunity? (11m 04s)
    Headlines (19m 54s)

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    • Middle East sovereign funds go bargain hunting as pandemic hits asset values (https://www.thenational.ae/business/markets/middle-east-sovereign-funds-go-bargain-hunting-as-pandemic-hits-asset-values-1.1051977)

    • Siemens Energy to invest more in renewables, CEO says (https://www.thenational.ae/business/energy/siemens-energy-to-invest-more-in-renewables-ceo-says-1.1052073)

    • Mubadala's aerospace unit seeks opportunities in health technology (https://www.thenational.ae/business/mubadala-s-aerospace-unit-seeks-opportunities-in-health-technology-1.1051460)

    • Global giants Microsoft, Nike and Unilever announce carbon-neutral group (https://www.thenational.ae/business/economy/global-giants-microsoft-nike-and-unilever-announce-carbon-neutral-group-1.1052220)

    • 20 min
    Economic stimulus in Dubai to get business back to normal

    Economic stimulus in Dubai to get business back to normal

    This week, hosts Mustafa Alrawi and Kelsey Warner discuss a third wave of economic stimulus for Dubai as signs of a rebound in commercial activity emerge and the emirate pushes to return business to normal as soon as possible.  

    In a new book, the World Economic Forum's founder Klaus Schwab asks if there can even be a return to normal as the pandemic reveals a collective desire for change.

    Haider Ali Khan, chief executive of property portal Bayut, joins to talk about the company's future plans.

    In this episode:
    Dubai's new economic stimulus (0m 40s)
    Covid-19: The great reset (7m 01s)
    Bayut x Dubizzle merger (12m 13s)

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    • Dubai government boosts economic stimulus to Dh6.3bn (https://www.thenational.ae/business/dubai-government-boosts-economic-stimulus-to-dh6-3bn-1.1047520)

    • Coronavirus: world 'must reset or risk violent shocks', says Davos founder (https://www.thenational.ae/business/economy/coronavirus-world-must-reset-or-risk-violent-shocks-says-davos-founder-1.1048215)

    • Tie-up of Bayut parent company and OLX testament to Dubai’s resilience (https://www.thenational.ae/business/economy/tie-up-of-bayut-parent-company-and-olx-testament-to-dubai-s-resilience-1.1027998)

    • Google to invest $10bn in India to accelerate digital economy (https://www.thenational.ae/business/technology/google-to-invest-10bn-in-india-to-accelerate-digital-economy-1.1048640)

    • Emirates to slash up to 9,000 jobs due to Covid-19 but airline better off than others (https://www.thenational.ae/business/aviation/emirates-to-slash-up-to-9-000-jobs-due-to-covid-19-but-airline-better-off-than-others-president-says-1.1048025)

    • Neom moves forward with second batch of payments to property owners (https://www.thenational.ae/business/economy/neom-moves-forward-with-second-batch-of-payments-to-property-owners-1.1048601)

    • 23 min

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