Success in Business through Perseverance
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. It will be such an honor to know the success story behind this amazing UAE Businessman.
According to Hussain al Nowais, he was born in the time when life was so hard, which made him push his limits.
In an interview, Hussain al Nowais shared that he has experienced the hardships of their parents back then. And now, they are already enjoying the good things that they have earned.
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 looked like a village with no citizens, as Hussain al Nowais described it before. 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.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. Their family managed to become a trade organisation after that.
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. 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.
With his outstanding capabilities as a leader, he has successfully made their business fly, which finally became a famous distributing, manufacturing, trading, and contracting company. He even remembered how he made everything possible by starting from scratch.
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.