Over 350 global business leaders gathered yesterday to discuss the theme “Beyond Oil in a Changing World” at the inaugural CNN Middle East Business Forum held at Four Seasons Abu Dhabi on Al Maryah Island.
Keynote speeches were given by former President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso (pictured) and Mubadala’s Group Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director H.E. Khaldoon Al Mubarak.
Panel discussions and interviews with a stellar list of speakers were conducted by CNN’s foremost experts on business and the Middle East – Anchor and Managing Editor, Abu Dhabi, Becky Anderson, CNNMoney Editor at Large Richard Quest, and CNNMoney Emerging Markets Editor John Defterios. A virtual reality ‘Back to the Future’ session from CNN’s Jason Farkas closed proceedings.
Inside the Middle East, the ground-breaking monthly show about the region’s dynamic cultural diversity, will be sponsored on CNN International from 24 November by the MiSK Foundation.
MiSK’s association with one of CNN’s flagship shows about the Middle East is at the heart of a new campaign by the foundation to contribute to the fulfilment of the Saudi Vision 2030 by empowering and enabling the younger generation to increase their contribution to the development of Saudi Arabia. It is the MiSK Foundation’s first major international campaign since being established by HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense, to empower, nurture and inspire young Saudi men and women to fully realise their potential as part of the kingdom’s on-going economic transformation.
The campaign will show Saudi Arabia’s commitment to learning and leadership and seek to expand the MiSK Foundation’s initiatives in collaboration with world renowned institutions such as Harvard University, Khan Academy and the Boston Consulting Group.
Inside the Middle East draws on CNN’s unique presence in and understanding of the region to tell stories about art and culture to CNN’s global audience. The first MiSK Foundation-sponsored episode airing on 24 November will include reports on independent film-making in Cairo, contemporary arts in Jeddah and body art in Amman.
A host of global business leaders will come together to discuss the theme “Beyond Oil in a Changing World” at the first ever CNN Middle East Business Forum. The Forum will be held at Four Seasons Abu Dhabi on Al Maryah Island, the capital’s business and lifestyle destination and home to the world’s newest international financial centre.
Taking place on 26 November as the eyes of the world turn to the UAE during the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, the Forum will feature talks from prominent global and regional leaders and visionaries, and be attended by over 350 esteemed members of the business community. Discussion will be led and accompanied by analysis from CNN’s foremost experts on business and Middle East – Anchor and Managing Editor, Abu Dhabi, Becky Anderson, CNNMoney Editor at Large Richard Quest, and CNNMoney Emerging Markets Editor John Defterios.
In his first interview since the failed military coup on July 15, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tells CNN’s Becky Anderson (@BeckyCNN) he would approve reinstating the death penalty if lawmakers approve the measure.
“There is a clear crime of treason and your request can never be rejected by our government,” says Erdogan speaking through his translator. “But of course it will take a parliamentary decision for that to take action in the form of a constitutional measure so leaders will have to get together and discuss it, and if they accept to discuss it then I as president will approve any decision that comes out of the parliament.”
Conducted at the presidential palace in Istanbul, Erdogan also tells CNN he’s calling for extradition of Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen from the U.S., what happened the night of the coup attempt – including turning to social media to get his message out – and why it “never crossed” his mind he would be ousted as president.
Full transcript after the jump. FULL POST
Speaking to CNN’s Becky Anderson (@beckycnn) in Amman, Jordanian Interior Minister Hussein Majali says the war against ISIS is “our war – not the West’s.”
“We look at ourselves as principals in this coalition. This is our war. This is not the West’s war. We are the spearhead of this war.”
Majali continues: “His Majesty – in his latest visit just a few days ago to the States – I think he was promised extra assistance on military hardware, which will make our forces more effective and more sustained.”
On whether he’s satisfied by support from the U.S. and other allies:
“We are extremely satisfied. The United States have gone the extra mile for Jordan.”
On ISIS claim that Jordanian airstrikes killed an American hostage:
“This is another PR stunt by ISIS. They tried to cause problems internally in Jordan and haven't succeeded. They are now trying to drive a wedge between the coalition with this latest low PR stunt.”
In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Becky Anderson (@beckycnn), Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke about the situation in Gaza, calling it a “genocide by Israel.”
“Nazism, the Fascism that was applied by Hitler, if you put all these on the table just like that, you can see that what Israel does to Palestine, to Gaza right now, has surpassed what Hitler did to them,” Erdogan said. “We don't approve. We don't accept what Hitler did either, but right now, we do not accept this persecution, the massacre, the genocide by Israel. Hamas and Fatah are unified in respect of this two-state structure, and they've formed a national consensus government. Israel does not want this government to make progress, they want to break it up.”
Erdogan also accused Israel of being a “terror state,” saying the country’s operation in Gaza was “creating a wave of terror.” FULL POST
In an interview recorded Wednesday with CNN’s Becky Anderson (@beckycnn), Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of being a “terror state,” saying that the country’s operation in Gaza was “creating a wave of terror.”
Erdogan also denied that the governments of Turkey or Qatar were involved in the funding of Hamas’ terrorist activities, saying the only support his country is offering to the people of Gaza is humanitarian.
“Qatar’s cooperation with Turkey has always been to be on the side of the persecuted and to support them through humanitarian aid. This is what’s being done.”
The full interview will air Thursday at 11aET on CNN International’s Connect the World with Becky Anderson. FULL POST
Israel’s President Shimon Peres says his country has warned Gaza’s militants to stop firing rockets at Israel.
“We didn’t start the war today, they started it already several days ago,” Peres said Wednesday in an exclusive interview with CNN’s Becky Anderson (@beckycnn). “We warned them, we asked them to stop it…we waited one day, two days, three days and they continued, and they spread their fire on more areas in Israel.”
He also said that a ground offensive on Gaza “may happen quite soon.” Referring to rockets being fired from Gaza, Peres said “if they will stop for example tonight, there won’t be any ground entrance – but if they will continue, sooner or later this will be the response.”
As all 115 cardinal-electors meet at the Vatican this week, Chris Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) and Anderson Cooper (@AndersonCooper) lead CNN’s coverage of the Papal Conclave live from location in Rome. Ben Wedeman (@BenCNN), Miguel Marquez (@MiguelMarquez), Dan Rivers and Becky Anderson (@BeckyCNN) report for the network, along with CNN en Español’s Adriana Hauser (AHauserCNN) and Jose Levy (JoseLevyCNN). CNN Vatican Analyst John Allen (
@JohnLAllenJr) contributes analysis.
CNN.com offers full coverage leading up to and during the conclave via a special section page at CNN.com/Pope, with content explaining how the new pope will be chosen, a glimpse into the Catholic Church today and why this matters to non-Catholics. CNN.com/live will also live stream coverage of the smoke that comes from the Vatican's rooftop online and on the CNN Apps.
Additionally, CNN.com presents two interactives related to the pope: one that explains how the next pope will be decided and another that breaks down information on the possible papal contenders. Users can also click through photo galleries of the shortest-reigning popes and the longest-reigning popes.
On Friday's edition of Connect the World on CNN International, former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri speaks out on the car bombing that killed Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan, a top Lebanese intelligence official known for his anti-Syrian stance, in Beirut.
"Obviously the regime in Syria will not stop at anything but to achieve his livelihood and as a political enemy for him," says Hariri. "We have always thought Bashar al-Assad has killed Rafik Hariri and today he has also killed Wissam al-Hassan.”
Read more about Friday's car bombing in Beirut here.