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This week on Marketplace Middle East

updated 9:58 AM EDT, Tue October 9, 2012
MME talks to Areva CEO Luc Oursel about the Gulf States' nuclear option
MME talks to Areva CEO Luc Oursel about the Gulf States' nuclear option
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • MME talks to the CEO of French nuclear giant Areva about the Gulf States with nuclear ambitions
  • UAE, Jordan, Saudi Arabia pursue nuclear option despite massive oil reserves
  • In Focus: Where the world's 2 billion halal food consumers should look to next

MME is a weekly show focusing on the issues, developments and trends that affect the region's business climate.

(CNN) -- FACETIME: Luc Ourcel, CEO, Areva

Despite sitting on a wealth of oil, Gulf States are looking at alternative energy options. One of the most controversial is the nuclear option. The UAE, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia amongst others have all announced their nuclear ambitions. One company that is hoping to benefit is the French energy company Areva. This week MME sat down with the company's CEO Luc Oursel and asked him about the region's search for energy.

IN FOCUS: An halal hub

One third of the world's population is Muslim, which means around 2 billion consumers for the halal food industry. Worth more than $660 billion, the halal sector is big business. Brazil and India are key suppliers to the market but as MME found out another BRIC country is hoping to tap into the sector.

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