Not hailing from a traditional trading family and even losing everything didn’t stop Nawal Al-Sabbagh from re-establishing herself in business, and ultimately winning the prestigious Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum’s top prize against a venerable list of some 120 Middle Eastern entrepreneurs. Her story is a true art of success.
The secret of her success? Being passionate about what she does and employing her artistic talents. As an accomplished artist, Nawal treats her flower arrangements as paintings rather than just a bunch of flowers. And people notice and appreciate her creations because the passion she puts into those arrangements – as she does in everything else as well – is quite obvious.
Nawaf is an atypical Bahraini. He poured his passion into an ingenious electronic tracking device without the use of GPS while still studying IT in the University of Bahrain.
This idea wasn’t only the seed for his business – Synectics IT – but had also allowed him to win a prestigious creativity award from Zain, the telecoms company, and made him eligible for a seed capital grant from the Bahrain Development Bank.
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Imagine starting a business with just BD20 (US$53) and after a few short years the company you started ranks number 1 in the country, and your products are sought after in the whole region and have become the prizes that people take with them wherever they go… even to Maine in the USA!
If you imagined that those products are to do with food, and are none other than various pickles, sauces and very basic ingredients without which a meal might rightly be classified as boring, then you’ll love to hear the story of this successful and humble Bahraini Entrepreneur.
Jehad has built an empire from his mother’s pickles and sauces recipes, and with his own special additions, he has taken the Bahraini culinary experience to the world through his Muharraq Pickles Factory.
Selling the first company he created in the States for over a US$1 million at the age of 26, and that when he was preparing for his Masters should enough of an achievement for anyone.
That was just the start of his many successful businesses…
Starting from humble beginnings with a small office in the Bahrain Business Incubation Centre after suddenly finding himself out of a job, Sayed Jaleel Sharaf created one of the most successful ICT groups in Bahrain.
His crowning achievement was winning the highly prized Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoom’s top prize for a Middle Eastern innovative business in 2009.