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. There might be a lot of questions in your mind regarding the ways on how this UAE Businessman bloomed in this kind of business.
Hussain al Nowais grew up facing so many trials, which molded him to become the man that he is right now.
When Hussain al Nowais was still young, he and his siblings saw the struggles 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. 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.
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.
Al Nowais’ family only returned to Abu Dhabi, along with other families, when Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan became the president of UAE. 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.
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.
He finished a business administration degree in the United States of America and then practices it right away in the UAE, wherein his heart and soul were filled with optimism and bright ideas. 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 remembered how he made everything possible by starting from scratch.
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.
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. His brilliance even made him acquire some businesses that are dying, wherein he restructured them and made them earn a lot once again.
In this very moment, he is still sharing his knowledge to many and earning more money, especially that Federal Foods is under his name.