Maysa Al Qalla
Presenter in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Maysa Al Qalla is the friendly face that businessmen and decision makers follow on screen for up-to-date business stories and latest insights in the Gulf & Arab regions. Maysa began her career as news presenter with Arabian Radio Network in 2002 capturing the attention of 500,0000 listeners across the UAE and was soon headhunted by CNBC Network for their Arabic TV Channel, becoming the first anchor to appear on CNBC Arabia when it began broadcasting back in 2003. Fifteen years after, Al Qalla is till contributing to CNBC News broadcasts and other platforms, and is considered as one of the founders of CNBC Arabia. Notable mentions include her roles as senior anchor and news presenter for "Al Sabah Al Arabi", "Market Talk", "Europe Tonight", and "America Tonight". She is also the main anchor for "KALLAM ALASWAAQ" that cover the biggest stock markets in the region Saudi and Egypt stock markets pluse she is the main presenter for the weekly program "Oil & Energy".
To date, Maysa has covered most royal visits of Saudi Arabia, and led the coverage of elite economic forums in the Kingdom. She has also interviewed more than 4,500 guests including representatives of local and international firms and government bodies who have considerable influence on the economics of the Middle East. Some of these names include Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman Deputy Minister of Oil and Energy in KSA; Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nayhan, Minister of Education in the UAE; Lord Mayor of the Financial District in London, Nick Anstee; Dr. Fouad Shaker, Secretary General of Union Arab Banks; HE Eng. Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy; Ibrahim Abdulaziz Al Assaf, Saudi Arabia’s Finance Minister; Alexander Valentinovich Novak, Energy Minister of Russia; and HE Mohamed Al Abbar, Chairman of Emaar, among others. She was also the first to interview Muhammad Al Hamadi, CEO of Emirates Institute of Oil and Gas.
Purely through merit, Maysa has earned herself the reputation of the ‘bigwig of live coverage’; wherever there is news to document she is ready with a CNBC crew. She has reported extensively on private equity and corporate news, done exclusive live commentaries on various events including OPEC meetings in Vienna, and the burial ceremonies of HH Sheik Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, King Fahad Bin Abdul Al Aziz of Saudi Arabia and her late president Yasser Arafat.
Maysa is renowned amongst her collogues for having an impeccable sense of style,