A weekly business podcast from Gulf News, featuring news, analysis, and deeper discussions on the stories shaping the Middle East and the world.
What's for dinner? Soon, it'll be lab-grown meat
Lab-grown meat; those aren’t words that gets most people salivating but that hasn’t stopped the food industry from turning it into a billion dollar industry.
Proponents of lab-grown meat, also known as cultured meat, talk up its many benefits, including how it is more ethical than factory farming, less harmful to the environment, and less susceptible to disease. But how does it taste? And will people accept it? At least one burger chain is betting that people will, and the industry is expected to be worth trillions by the middle of next decade.
We discuss the various meaty issues surrounding this tasty subject.
Bad Company: Governance accusations rock listed firms
Last week was a tumultuous one for the Dubai Financial Market.
A number of listed companies, including Marka and DSI, were forced to disclose that they were either in talks to liquidate, or were under investigation.
In today's episode, we delve in to where things went wrong, and what investors can do to remedy the situation. Are the region's shareholders too passive? Do they need to make their presence felt, instead of standing idly by whilst board members run the show?
Are shorter working hours in Ramadan just a myth?
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Will Dubai Arena herald new era in entertainment?
Musicians have, for whatever reason, long avoided making Dubai a fixture on their world tours.
With a handful of notable exceptions, the Middle East has never been graced with the sames caliber of artists that Europe or Asia has. So, when the press release for the new Dubai Arena, since renamed the Coca-Cola Arena, said that the venue filled a void between Istanbul and Singapore, they may very well have been right.
So we look at what the new arena is promising to offer in terms of sports, comedy, and music, how it sizes up to its international competitors in other key cities, and what to expect logistically if you decide to visit.
We also ask how it will impact the other, smaller venues in Dubai, and what kind of ticket prices will need to be realised in order for Meraas, the developer, to justify the millions of dollars it has presumably spent building the state-of-the-art arena.
Putting a price tag on Expo 2020 in Dubai
Expo 2020. This is what every business in the UAE is waiting for; the exposition that is coming to Dubai next year, and bringing with it a Dh122-billion benefit to the economy.
We delve into a report by EY discussing exactly what the Expo will mean for the UAE economy and its different industries. Who stands to benefit most? And why exactly are some of us less than thrilled about this mega event?
We discuss our own takes on the Expo, and guesstimate how it will affect people both while it takes place and years after it’s over.
Carpool Karaoke: What is the future of transport in Middle East?
What is the future of transport in the region? On this meandering and discursive episode of the podcast, the team talk about fantasy transportation methods, what kind of transportation the Middle East needs more of, and whether flying cars will ever be a thing.
We discuss questions like: Why are electric scooter rentals illegal? Why is car pooling illegal? When will they build a train between Dubai and Abu Dhabi?
Okay, maybe not flying cars, but what about flying motorcycles? Dubai Police says they are on their way…