Challenges in business are no match to the capabilities of Hussain al Nowais, who is the managing director and chairman of the Emirates Holdings, making low companies boom in no time. A lot of people are wondering how this UAE businessman succeeded so much in his career.
The experiences of Hussain al Nowais in his younger days have inspired him to succeed in order reach his dreams.
When Hussain al Nowais was still young, he and his siblings saw the struggles of their parents. And now that their lives have already improved, it is evident how much they earned through their sacrifices.
According to him, purified drinking water was a luxurious kind of water for them while only a few can afford to have an air conditioner. Hussain al Nowais even compared Abu Dhabi to a village that is deserted back then. His family stays in Corniche before, and Al Husn was the former name of its 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.
When Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan became president of UAE, a lot of families have returned, including the family of Al Nowais. 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. According to him, he almost started from nothing in order to build what he has now.
When his career was still trying to grow, one event that he considers as the turning point was when he got a contract for a department in the government in supplying equipment for electrical use.
He earned his success through acquiring skills and knowledge and continuously improving them along the way.
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.