Hussain al Nowais, the Emirates Holdings managing director and chairman, enjoys taking challenges, such as making dying companies live and soar high in the world of business. There might be a lot of questions in your mind regarding the ways on how this UAE Businessman bloomed in this kind of business.
The experiences of Hussain al Nowais in his younger days have inspired him to succeed in order reach his dreams.
Hussain al Nowais shared that back in the days, they saw the sacrifices of their parents. And truly time will come that you will reap what you saw, especially that they are now more than capable to sustain themselves due to hard work.
He shared that back in the 1950s, drinking purified drinking water is already a kind of luxury while having an air conditioner for a room is just unthinkable. Abu Dhabi, as Hussain al Nowais described, can be compared to a village with no people. Years ago, their family stayed in an area of Corniche, and the town’s centre was Al Husn.
The insufficiency of school’s in Abu Dhabi was the reason why Al Nowais went to Qatar to study.The norm before was to migrate to a different place, like Saudi Arabia and Qatar, to be able to survive.
Many families, which included the family of Al Nowais, decided to come back to Abu Dhabi when Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan became the president. The grandfather of Al Nowais, who was once a pearl merchant, worked his way and became a building material and foodstuff trader. The business was good, making their family have a trade organisation.
Al Nowais went to the U.S. to study after he got his high school diploma from a school in Abu Dhabi.
After finishing a business administration course in the U.S., he was totally filled with wisdom and might, which gave him the courage to go back home in order to practice what he has learned. It is so impressive who Al Nowais has lifted his credibility so high, making him succeed even in his early 20’s, wherein he was able to deal with big names in the business world.
He was indeed very passionate about what he is doing in his life, which is why there is no doubt why he uplifted their family business into a trusted contracting, distributing, trading, and manufacturing company. According to him, he almost started from nothing in order to build what he has now.
When his career was still on the state of growing, he was given a chance to supply equipment for electrical use for a department in the government.
The reason why Al Nowais is successful in his career is that he improved his knowledge and skills regularly.
Even the beginning of Gulf War was seen by Al Nowais as a chance to begin a food business, because of its necessity. By acquiring businesses that are already failing, he found ways to restructure and make them rise again.
And up to this day, he is still showing and sharing his excellence, such as having Federal Foods.