The event attracted over 100 business and financial leaders from the UAE.
The panel, chaired by Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, included:
- Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minster of Foreign Trade
- His Excellency Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, CEO and Managing Director, Mubadala Development Company
- His Excellency Hussain Al Nowais, Vice Chairman of Abu Dhabi Basic Industries Corporation
- Luca di Montezemolo, CEO, Ferrari, and
- James Hogan, CEO, Etihad Airways
The Discussion covered some of the key issues, opportunities and barriers for the Gulf’s continued economic expansion and international influence, including the global economic slow down, economic sustainability and the role of education in developing a regional workforce.
Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, said:
“The FT’s record in the Middle East is well known. No one covers the region, on a political and economic level, as thoroughly and consistently and the new FT Middle East edition will only reinforce this. Today’s event illustrates how we hope to continue to stimulate debate among our readers and offer forums where they can exchange information and ideas with some of the best business minds in the region today”.
The Financial Times has dedicated editions for the UK, Continental Europe, Asia, US and the Middle East, and is printed in 24 cities across the world.
The Middle East edition’s business, financial and political coverage will now also be enhanced by a dedicated page inserted twice a week, every Tuesday and Thursday.
FT.com’s Middle East section will be revamped and will feature more dedicated video and audio content.
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