Business news channel CNBC went live today, April 16th, from its new Middle East HQ facility in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates.
During the inaugural show, CNBC’s Middle East Anchor, Hadley Gamble was joined exclusively by Peter Baumgartner, CEO of Etihad Airways in his first interview of 2018; Luka Mucic, CFO of SAP and Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris.
Over the next few days, CNBC will also be joined for on-air interviews with by Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Aldar Properties; HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism; Jassim Alseddiqi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Financial Group; Saudi Prince Turki Al-Faisal and Mohammed Al Ardhi, Chairman of Investcorp.
The network will broadcast Capital Connection, fronted by its Middle East Anchor Hadley Gamble from its new studios based within Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the UAE Capital’s International Financial Centre. CNBC’s Nancy Hungerford will co-anchor the show from the network’s Asia Headquarters within the Singapore Exchange, bringing viewers across the world daily coverage of the Middle East markets, business stories and regional news from Asia, Europe and the US.
John Casey, CNBC’s SVP of International News and Programming said: “CNBC broadcasts daily from the network’s International Headquarters in New York, London and Singapore. With the addition of our new Middle East Headquarters at ADGM, we plan to connect Abu Dhabi to the world’s financial capitals.”
The network will also use its new home in Abu Dhabi to establish a stronger editorial presence across the region. CNBC has also said it will expand both its feature franchise Access Middle East and its regional event coverage as part of its expansion.