The Finance Chair of the Entrepreneurs' Organization UAE made the necessary changes to his career when stress started to make his health suffer.
I was born in Lebanon and moved to Paris when I was one month old due to the war that started in 1974. I lived in Paris until I was 12. I moved to Montreal until I was 16, and then to Washington DC until I finished university.
I started studying Business with a minor in International Relations. Two years into it, my father asked me what I was studying and when I told him he asked me if I was learning anything. I said I wasn’t. He suggested I move to Engineering because we have a family business that is engineering related. Usually people move from Engineering to Business because it’s easier. He told me if I made the switch and I graduated, he would buy me a Ferrari. I love cars and racing cars so I moved to Engineering the next week.
I studied Civil Engineering and graduated with honours. When my dad came to buy me the car, I declined it. I wanted to earn it. Because I was top of my class, I was able to study my Master’s degree for free. I completed my two-year Masters in Engineering Management in one year, again at the top of my class. It all came easy to me; I do not know why because my grades weren’t good in high school.
After graduating from my Master’s degree, I got a job offer in Washington DC from the biggest contracting company there. They handpicked the top of the classes and I was offered the job without an interview; they sent me a letter saying the job was mine if I wanted it. I had been away from the Middle East too long, and I had never come back to Lebanon. I decided I wanted to be closer to my extended family.
I moved to Lebanon where the family had a wood trading business. I started managing this business which was simply horrible. The business environment there was very different to the business environment that I learned about in the US. Also, within a year, the traffic got to me. The war had finished and all the roads were being reconstructed. Traffic is my kryptonite; I cannot deal with traffic jams.
A year later we decided to close the business. I had previously come to Dubai to visit my brother, who had come here the same year that I went to Lebanon. I decided I liked the place–it was quiet and calm and there was no traffic, and the potential was huge. It wasn't Dubai of today. The lack of traffic was part of the reason for coming here in 1998 to manage the family business, and we had an electromechanical contract.
For a couple of years we were working, having fun, and enjoying life here. Everyone knew everyone. When the boom happened we grew exponentially and the traffic increased, which started getting to me. As the business grew, we started having issues with our main contractors. My health started to deteriorate from the amount of stress. I was still young back then; I was in my mid-20s and I was responsible for around 1,500 employees. A couple of projects got delayed for reasons out of my control. If the owner decides to stop paying the contractor and you are the sub-contractor, then you are not going to get paid either.
A leader in the Transport & Water Taxi Rigid Inflatable Boat supply, ASIS Boats just built and delivered the first of a fleet of 12m all weather passenger transport professional RIBs.
The intended use of these RIB Boats will be to transport safely up to 23 passengers from main land to islands, daily and continuously, under any weather conditions.
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This category “B” offshore RIB, has been certified by TASNEEF Maritime Services (TMS) to carry 23 passengers. In addition to the passenger seats, a large space greater than 3m is available at the bow for carrying cargo.
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Delivery of the first OCM 9.8m Amphibious RIB on its way.
Ocean Craft Marine is pleased to announce the development, testing and delivery of another OCM industry first; A 9.8 meter Rigid Hull Inflatable Amphibious boat. This new model Amphibious RHIB is no longer a prototype and has now entered full-production.
This very first production boat is intended for private use, and is being delivered this month.
The Sealegs® amphibious system available on the OCM 9.8m RIB and consists of motorized, retractable and steerable wheels, powering the boat with tremendous off-water capabilities.
The entire system is marinised and retracts completely out of the water while underway. This means there is no compromise to on-water performance.
Once fitted with the amphibious technology Sealegs®, any OCM RHIB will be able to travel directly between land and sea by the use of three retractable wheels with a hydraulic system linked to an inboard motor.