Businesses normally face challenges, which are not an issue for Hussain al Nowais, the managing director and chairman of the famous Emirates Holdings, known for making dying companies live again and even succeed. A lot of people are wondering how this UAE businessman succeeded so much in his career.
Hussain al Nowais grew up facing so many trials, which molded him to become the man that he is right now.
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.
It is quite unthinkable to have air conditioner before or even drink purified water in the 1950s, according to him. Hussain al Nowais even compared Abu Dhabi to a village that is deserted back then. He also mentioned that his family once lives in the area of Corniche, wherein Al Husn was the town’s centre.
Hussain al Nowais was sent to Qatar to study since Abu Dhabi’s schooling was insufficient.There was a norm before that people leave Abu Dhabi and go to Saudi Arabia or Qatar to get out from a difficult kind of life.
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. That was the beginning of their family business, which is an organisation for trade.
When Al Nowais completed his high school in a school in Abu Dhabi, he then went to the U.S. in order to resume his education.
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. In 1978, Al Nowais was known to be one out of few who was able to study outside UAE and was able to successfully communicate with businessmen from different countries.
Along with his dedication, intelligence, luck, and commitment, he was able to evolve their family business into a well-known contracting, trading, distributing, and manufacturing company, which is not limited in UAE. He even recalled how we build everything almost from nothing.
One of the biggest events in his career that made their business grew more and more was when he was able to have a contract for a certain government department in supplying electrical equipment.
By improving his acquired skills and knowledge, he became successful in his chosen career.
Even the beginning of Gulf War was seen by Al Nowais as a chance to begin a food business, because of its necessity. He even bought dying businesses and restructured them, making them reach the pick again.
And up to this day, he is still showing and sharing his excellence, such as having Federal Foods.