A room filled with great business leaders from across the Middle Eastern, African and Asian continents being awarded for their great accomplishments, took place on the 5th of November 2014 at the Armani Hotel in Dubai at the 5th Middle Ease Business Leaders Awards.
An evening full of inspiration, taking Leadership to a whole new level.
Having spoken to some of the remarkable Award winners I have gathered some great advice which gives a great insight into entrepreneurship, its obstacles and rewards.
Princess Ade Garrick was awarded the Masterclass Women Leader of the Year.
With an astonishing personality this highly inspiring lady created legal consultancies and financial advisory services in order to create a bridge between the Middle East, West Africa and the rest of the world.
When asked, her key to success was clear, collaborations and mentorships.
“You are not alone. Mentoring those you need your support and looking for mentors is fundamental.”
She explains, in depth, the importance of collaborations and corporations and advises everyone who would like to establish themselves as entrepreneurs to build relationships with likeminded people to exchange ideas and grow together.
When asked where she took her immense strength from, she stated women possess an extensive emotional intelligence, which comes from a variety of sources, including being a mother, a daughter and wife.
She takes a quote by Madelaine Albright;
“There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women”
and shares her own version of it:
“There is a special place in heaven for women who help other women.”
Shaika Noora Bint Khalifa Al- Khalifa was awarded for the Emerging Woman of the Year.
The Chief Executive Officer of Medpoint Design speaks about how time is a factor and how it is crucial not to wait to build businesses.
Shaika Noora Bint Khalifa Al- Khalifa tells how she started working on her first enterprise at the tender age of 17 whist still in school.
The highly successful Bahraini lady doesn’t only have a very strong educational background, but also a track record in organizing award winning events and working on various projects in the GGC events industry simultaneously. Naming but a few, the Abaya Exhibition, the B-Training Event, and the Labours Day Event in association with the foreign embassies where 17,000 employees who were honoured on this special occasion organized by Medpoint.
”Being successful in business requires a lot of time and effort. The earlier you start the better. Even though challenges may arise you have to work through them and obstacles will disappear” on their own.”
Datuk Wira SM Faisal, eldest son of the late founder of NAZA Group was awarded the Global Business Icon of the Year
Speaking to Datuk Wira SM Faisal was not only a breath of fresh air, but also inspirational. The insights from an accomplished young entrepreneur on how to build a sustainable business were received with great admiration.
His advice was always to keep going, no matter the number of challenges one faces. He remarked that many people see the lack of financial resources as their number one obstacle, but he encourages anyone with a vision to keep going, regardless of the rejections one may encounter.
Find something you like, your unique talent. A niche. Don’t rush anything. Don’t look for money, but merely to follow your passion and the right things will fall into place.
He continues to say, funding can be obtained through banks, angel investors, etc. As long as you follow your passion and keep up the right ethics everything will fall into place.
His principle for success is to always set short term, medium and long-term goals, and Datuk Wira SM Faisal remarked it is this that drives him. He highly recommends not only to visualize your goals, but once you have achieved them set new challenges that take you further.
Mohamed Ayub Khan the MD of Khansforge SDM BHD in Malaysia was awarded the Masterclass Enterpreneur of the Year.
Mohamed Ayub Khan has incorporated Khansforge, the Middle Easts leading steel grating manufacturer in October 2010.
His client portfolio includes major oil and gas providers, power plants as well as chemical plants and major industries within these fields, being registered with government statutory authorities.
When speaking about his accomplishments and future plans he mentions that his upcoming ventures are to create new manufacturing plants in the Middle East. He also mentioned that this is just the beginning and there will be much more to come Inshallah (If God willing).
The advice I have received form this notably modest leader, whose inspiration is gratitude for all his accomplishments, is simply to prioritise, to always work hard and no matter how much success you are blessed with to remain humble.
Zehra Fattah (@zahragarden)
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