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CNBC opens regional HQ in Abu Dhabi

Capital Connection fronted by its Middle East Anchor Hadley Gamble.

Business and financial news network, CNBC, has announced the opening of its new Middle East headquarters in Abu Dhabi.

The facility will act as CNBC’s hub in the Middle East from which the network will continue to deliver business content from across the region, the release stated.

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 U.S.

Speaking after the inaugural show, Hadley Gamble, Middle East Anchor at CNBC International, said: “We’ve been reporting the Middle East business story to CNBC’s elite global audience for years. The launch of our new home within ADGM starts a new chapter in our reporting from the region. These new state-of-the-art studios provide us with a fantastic platform to tell the global business story through a unique Middle East lens.”

During the show, CNBC unveiled a guest line-up for its first week of programming from the Middle East, including exclusive interviews with 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. On today’s show, Gamble was joined by Peter Baumgartner, CEO of Etihad Airways; Luka Mucic, CFO of SAP and Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris.

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 reportedly 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.