2018 Bahrain’s Most Influential Businessmen

2018 Bahrain’s Most Influential Businessmen

A look into the Kingdom’s pioneers, visionaries and business leaders who helped shape the landscape of today’s highly lucrative and competitive Bahraini market.

Positioned at the very heart of the Gulf, the Kingdom of Bahrain has always been the melting pot of trades and markets in the Middle East ever since the dawn of early civilizations. Through the centuries that passed, the Kingdom has remarkably shaped a considerable number of businessmen who made their marks and cemented their names as key figures, notable players and fore-runners in Bahrain’s highly lucrative world of business and entrepreneurship.

Businesses and ventures have always been the pillars of the economic growth, not just in Bahrain, but all throughout the region. Fast forward to the modern world, Bahrain today continues to be at the forefront of trading and marketing, thanks to the Kingdom’s dynamic leadership and the steadfast business leaders who weathered the challenges and remained confident in Bahrain’s capability to withstand economic setbacks.

In alphabetical order (surnames), we take a look at the names of the pioneers and visionaries in their respected fields, shaping and elevating Bahrain’s business sector as a power to reckon with, not just in the Middle East region, but also in the global business stage. These businessmen are not just your usual impresarios; they are built by experience and by their zealous commitment to attain success no matter what, mirroring the true spirit and personification of the Kingdom of Bahrain itself.

Khalid Mohammed Abdulrahim

Industry: Diversified

Designation: Chairman

Company: Cebarco Bahrain and KAR Group of Companies

Khalid Mohammed Abdulrahim is a Bahraini business magnate and construction tycoon, and is the founder and Chairman of KAR Group of Companies. The focal point of this business group is Cebarco Bahrain, a leading building construction and civil engineering company which he founded in 1992. Under Khalid’s vision, personal drive and guidance, the Cebarco flagship has completed many landmark projects of varying size and complexity; notably, the Bahrain International Circuit, Yas Marina Circuit, Bahrain City Centre, the Sheikh Isa bin Salman Library and Conference Centre, Citibank Headquarters, King Hamad Highway and Bahrain Chamber of Commerce.

The company since then has grown steadily, built a wealth of experience and won the support of a global network of partners and associates in the construction industry with a special focus on the Middle East. Also, in recognition of the quality of work, the enormous effort and excellence in managing the completion of the construction of Bahrain International Circuit ahead of schedule, His Majesty the King of Bahrain has awarded Mr. Abdulrahim the Wisam Al-Bahrain award in 2004.

Prior to establishing Cebarco, he served as a Director at Hafeera Contracting and Managing Director of Modern Engineering.

Mr. Abdulrahim is well known in the region as a passionate collector and investor in high performance cars. His high-performance automobile collection is extremely rare and includes limited editions cars once owned by the great racing legends and the last production models of certain marques. 

He holds a Master’s Degree in Construction Management from Glasgow Caledonian University. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building and a Fellow of the Association of Cost Engineers; both institutions are incorporated under a royal charter in the United Kingdom.

Anwar Abdulrahman

Industry: Publishing

Designation: Chairman / Editor in Chief

Enterprise: Al Hilal Publishing Group / Akhbar Al Khaleej

Mr. Anwar Abdulrahman is a pioneer in Bahrain’s journalism and publishing industry. He began his business career at the age of 19 as a young salesman in Bahrain with M. A. Almoayyed, a leading Bahraini company.

In 1973, he established with two other directors, the Al Hilal Corporation, a company specializing in the distribution of imported newspapers and magazines. In 1976, under the tutelage of the late Mahmoud Al Mardi, Anwar spearheaded the launch of Bahrain’s first Arabic daily newspaper, Akhbar Al Khaleej and two years later, the same group launched the Gulf Daily News.

In 1977, Anwar established Al Hilal Publishing Group, an Anglo/Bahraini company, where he was elected Chairman of the Board. Anwar Abdulrahman is an avid reader and renowned public speaker of history, biography and politics, and travels extensively. His fluency in three languages has earned him a reputation as a respected publisher both within the Middle East Region and internationally.

Adel Hassan Al A’ali

Industry: Diversified

Designation: Chairman

Enterprise: Haji Hassan Group

The Haji Hassan Group has developed into one of Bahrain’s largest conglomerates and with the effectual leadership of the company’s Chairman, Mr. Adel Hassan Al A’ali, the Haji Hassan Group has ridden the recent turbulence in Bahrain and remained one of the country’s biggest heavy-duty construction and engineering companies.

The company was founded in Manama in 1954 by Haji Hassan Al A’ali and now also operates in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Qatar. 

The group of companies includes Bahrain Asphalt, Al Aali Complex, Haji Hassan Ready Mix, Bahrain Pipes, Arabian Chemical Industries, Bahrain Blocks, Haji Hassan Reinforcements, Bahrain Precast Concretes, Arabian Parts Company, Haji Hassan Properties,  Bahrain Rubber Company,  Haji Hassan Workshop,  KRAH Bahrain, Bahrain Tanks and Haji Hassan Crane.

Mr. Al A’ali has acquired extensive business experience as Director and Board member in various industrial companies and he masterfully employed that experience in supervising the overall operation of the Haji Hassan Group.

He holds a Bachelor in Science from North Staffordshire University of UK and Bachelor in Science from Aston University of UK.

Ahmed Mansoor Al A’ali

Industry: Construction

Designation: Chairman

Enterprise: Ahmed Mansoor Al A’ali Group (AMA Group)

Established in 1948, the Ahmed Mansoor Al A’ali Group of Companies (AMA Group) is a 100% family owned company and is regarded as the largest contracting and construction group in the Kingdom of Bahrain. AMA Group is founded and is currently chaired by none other than Ahmed Mansoor Al A’ali himself.

The Group’s diversified and fully integrated activities comprise the following: Construction and Contracting (EPC) Industrial Infrastructure Building Materials (Manufacturing and Processing) Construction Equipment and Heavy Commercial Vehicles Trading Real Estate Development

With Mr. Al A’ali at the helm, the AMA Group today boasts an annual turnover exceeding US$300 million. It has over 20 divisions, subsidiaries and joint ventures, employs more than 5,000 people, and serves the needs of clients in both the public and private sectors.

Jassim Al Ameen

Industry: Food and Beverage

Designation: Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Enterprise: Jasmi’s Corporation

Jassim Al Ameen is the founder and Chief Executive officer of Jasmi’s, one of Bahrain’s highly recognized name in of fast foods sector. In 1986, a then University graduate, Jassim Al Ameen conceptualized and developed his formula for a fast food business in Bahrain. Coined from his own name, he established the Jasmi’s Corporation W.L.L., serving a wide variety of quick-served foods at a reasonable price. In 1990, his brother Adnan Al Ameen, joined the company after graduating from the USA. Jasmi’s is a combination of the highest standards of food quality, service and cleanliness. Its concept of fast food business has changed and upgraded the fast food market in Bahrain and is well accepted by all nationalities specifically the family group.

With Jassim Al Ameen at the helm, Jasmi’s continuously grows year after year, gearing towards tapping the international market of which the many Gulf States and beyond business groups have already shown great interest. 

Today, Jasmi’s has become the leading hamburger fast food chain restaurant in Bahrain, with thirty outlets all over the Island catering to diverse nationalities.

Khaled Al Ameen

Industry: Agricultural Products and foodstuff

Designation: Chairman

Enterprise: Bahrain Agricultural Foods Storage and Security (BAFCO)

A veteran businessman, Khaled Ali Rashed Al Ameen occupies the position of Chairman for Bahrain Agricultural Foods Storage and Security (BAFCO), a Bahrain-based shareholding company founded in 2015, with a wide vision of shareholders. The group specialized in processing, import and export of agricultural products and foodstuffs. The dynamic management team of BAFCO with Mr. Al Ameen spearheading the company has accumulated decades of local and regional knowledge, which they integrate into every level of their dedicated workforce ensuring that both strategically and operationally they deliver unique solutions to client’s diverse needs. 

Mr. Al Ameen also serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Midway Supermarkets and is a current member of the Bahrain Economic Development Board.

He served for 16 years at the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), chairing the Food and Agriculture Sector Committee, Business Youth Committee, Arbitration Commission and Settlement of Commercial Disputes.

Redha Abdullah Al Faraj

Industry: Consultancy

Designation: Chairman and Founder

Enterprise: Al Faraj Consulting W.L.L

One of the leaders of Bahrain’s corporate development, Mr. Redha Al Faraj has been active on the island’s economic scene for over 40 years. He has a wealth of commercial and accounting experience and his client portfolio covers a variety of industries including banks, insurance companies, retail, manufacturing and airlines.

Throughout the years, Mr. Faraj has become a highly sought-after consultant and professional advisor to major corporates in the GCC and around the world for his effectiveness as a communicator at all levels within an organization, as well as his innovative and analytical skills.

Together with his son Rashad, he established Al Faraj Consulting W.L.L, a renowned Bahrain-based management consultancy group that specialized in providing business advice to corporations on issues of strategy, organization and technology.

With Mr. Al Faraj’s leadership, the Group now utilizes the latest trends in management philosophy and the best practices in the industry in providing the highest standard of advice. The Group’s advice stems from constant contact with authorities in each of the fields and research made in the respective area by prominent thinkers and management gurus.

Mr. Al Faraj also holds directorship positions from various major companies in Bahrain such as Bahrain National Insurance Company B.S.C. (c), Bahrain Maritime and Mercantile International (BMMI), Almoayyed International Group (AIG) and a few more. 

He is a Chartered Accountant and was one of the first Bahrainis to receive such qualification. He is also a current member of Bahrain’s Shura Council.

Fawaz Fahad Al Gosaibi

Industry: Corporate Travel

Designation: Chairman

Enterprise: Gosaibi Travel    

Gosaibi Travel is a progressive company and one of the pioneers and leaders in Bahrain’s travel industry. The company was established by the late Sheikh Fahad Abdulrahman Algosaibi in 1954 and is now headed by the Chairman, Mr. Fawaz Fahad Algosaibi.

Over the 60 years of its existence, Gosaibi Travel has evolved as a full-fledged travel service organization specializing in corporate travel, leisure travel, online travel, and destination management services offering holistic travel related services in the region.

With Fawaz Algosaibi at the helm, the company has become the first and only travel management company in Bahrain accredited as per ISO 9001:2008 standards. They’re also the first travel company in the kingdom to launch an online portal, www.BookNow.bh that has been running successfully to date. 

The company has also partnered with ITP – International Travel Partnership which is one of the fastest growing networks of independently managed travel companies. ITP’s Travel Management Network has a turnover of Euro 3 billion spanning across fifty countries around the world offering a range of best in market travel management services locally managed but globally supported by network partners.

Apart from managing the Gosaibi Travel, Mr. Fawaz Algosaibi is also an avid motor-head and a celebrated racer. He’s a member of ClassicArabia Racing Team and has been actively involved in Bahrain’s motoring scene since the 1990s. 

Rasool Al Haddad

Industry: Automotive

Designation: Chairman 

Enterprise: Al Haddad Motors

Since 1958, Al Haddad Motors has been the authorized general distributor for Mercedes-Benz in the Kingdom of Bahrain. During this time, the company has continued to grow and now employs over 200 dedicated and experienced staff. The company is currently chaired by the automotive tycoon, Mr. Rasool Al Haddad. 

The wealth of experience and exceptional customer service provided by Al Haddad Motors, along with the dynamic leadership of Chairman Rasool Al Haddad, ensures that the company continues to be a world class Mercedes-Benz partner.

Al Haddad Motors serves as a full Mercedes-Benz service provider; from new and used passenger cars to commercial vehicles, genuine spare parts to lifestyle accessories, all professionally managed to Mercedes-Benz worldwide standards. Their service center boasts a modern workshop fully equipped with Mercedes-Benz approved equipment.

Najeb Yaqoob Al Hamer

Industry: Publishing 

Designation: Chairman

Enterprise: Al Ayam Publishing Group

Al Ayam Publishing was founded on March 1989 by the former Information Ministry official, Mr. Nabeel Al Hamer. The Group is currently headed by the Chairman, Mr. Najeb Yaqoob Al Hamer, who is also a businessman and a journalist.

According to the latest surveys and studies that is made by specialized companies, Al Ayam is the leading and the No.1 circulated newspaper in the Kingdom of Bahrain because of the variety of ideologies, credibility and the extensive coverage of local and international news. Al Ayam was the first newspaper in the MENA region to use the modern Information Technology in editing, executing and publishing and one of the first Arabic newspapers which launched a website on the internet.

Apart from chairing Al Ayam Publishing, Mr. Al Hamer also chairs their local English newspaper, The Daily Tribune.

Abdulla Yousuf Akbar Alireza

Industry: Diversified

Designation: Chairman

Enterprise: Alireza Group of Companies

Mr. Abdulla Yousuf Akbar Alireza serves as the Chairman of Alireza Group, a well-diversified conglomerate that operates a number of establishments in various industries.

Alireza Group’s main objective is to offer customers the best brands available, the latest technology, professional advice and total after sales service guaranteed.

Their activity is split between 12 divisions: Olympia Sports, Radio Shack SPC, Brand Sports Store Co. SPC, Athletics Trading Co. SPC, Concept Co. SPC, Total Security Solutions, Ideal Bahrain Distribution SPC, Ideal Bahrain Properties Co. SPC, Olympia Health & Fitness Center WLL, Olympia Nutrition WLL, Alliance Computers Co. WLL, Bahrain Illumination Co. WLL.  

Apart from chairing the Alireza Group, Mr. Abdulla Yousuf Akbar Alireza also serves as a Director for Bahrain Ship Repair and Engineering Company (BASREC), a trusted and reputable name in ship engineering and repair across the region. 

Bashar Mohammed Alhassan

Industry: Home appliances and Gas Distribution

Designation: Managing Director

Enterprise: Bahrain Gas W.L.L

Mr. Bashar Mohammed Alhassan is currently the Managing Director of Bahrain Gas W.L.L. and is the one responsible for the continuous growth and success of the company in the field of home appliances and gas distribution, along with his brothers, Ammar and Rawwaf Alhassan.

Established in 1962 by Mr. Mohammed Bin Ali Alhassan, Bahrain Gas W.L.L. quickly grew from a gas distribution business into Bahrain’s kitchen equipment expert and the one-stop-shop for all kitchen equipment requirements – whether commercial or home. Currently, the company is regarded as the largest gas distributor in the country.

With Mr. Bashar Al Hassan and his brothers effective leadership, Bahrain Gas has emerged as a renowned supplier of expert products and services in the fuel distribution and management systems sector as well as a provider of refrigeration gases.

Mishal Al Jarallah

Industry: Diversified

Designation: Founder and CEO 

Enterprise: Al Ghalia W.L.L. 

Mr. Mishal Al Jarallah is a seasoned businessman and is the mastermind in the creation of Al Ghalia W.L.L. in 1997. Today, the company owns and operates an array of highly successful and award-winning outlets such as Café Lilou, Monsoon and Zoe’s to name but a few.

Al Ghalia has since developed and expanded into seven more divisions in the sectors of health & beauty, construction, real estate, retail, general trading, investments and farming and extended to Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. 

Mr. Al Jarallah also serves as a Partner and Managing Director for Arabian Ventures, a firm established in 1998 by him and Mr. Mohammed Yateem, with the aim of developing various properties and luxurious hotels for the discerning travelers around the world.  The company has completed a beach resort project on the island of Zanzibar – the Ocean Paradise Resort,
which is a favored destination both for vacationers as well as corporate functions.

Additionally, Mr. Al Jarallah is also the Managing Director of Brothers Group, a family owned investment company with projects throughout the Gulf region and North Africa. Since its foundation in Bahrain in 1988, Brothers Group has established a large portfolio including Al Bander Hotel and Resort, Sheza Tower Hotel, Mishal Complex Hotel, several real estate projects and investments in numerous companies across the sectors.

Mr. Mishal Al Jarallah holds a degree in Business Administration and Management from the Schiller International University. 

Jawad Yousuf Al Hawaj

Industry: Diversified

Designation: Chairman

Enterprise: Al Hawaj Group

Established in the year 1942 by Late Mr. Yousuf A.Wahab Al Hawaj, the Al Hawaj group is the market leader in the field of Luxury Retail business in the country.

In the mid-sixties, the company started selling prestigious perfumery products from Europe while in the 1970s, it started establishing channels for the distribution and sales of highly reputed European and American perfumery brands.

The Group has expanded and diversified its businesses, with significant social and charitable contributions, under the present leadership of Chairman, Mr. Jawad Yousuf Al Hawaj, ably supported by his brothers, Abdulwahab Al Hawaj, Hussain Al Hawaj and Ahmed Al Hawaj.

Today, with Mr. Jawad Yousuf Al Hawaj at the helm, the Al Hawaj Group has become one of the largest diversified groups in Bahrain. The Group now employs over 1000 people and is the leading distributor and retailer of many key luxurious brands in the field of Perfumery, Cosmetics, Watches, Fashion and Electronics and have outlets strategically spread across all the key locations in the island many key cities of the world and all the major cities in India.

Mr. Jawad received an award from the Ministry of Labour for his outstanding contribution to the Bahrain Economy and his valuable contribution to the private sector.

He studied Economics and Political Science at the Lebanese University in Lebanon.

Moanes Al Mardi

Industry: Publishing

Designation: Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief

Enterprise: Arabian Printing & Publishing House W.L.L. and Al Bilad Newspaper

Mr. Moanes Al Mardi is a pioneer in Bahrain’s publishing industry. Currently, he serves as the Managing Director of Arabian Printing & Publishing House W.L.L., one of Bahrain’s biggest and renowned publishing companies.

He is also the Editor-in-Chief and Chair of Al Bilad Newspaper. Established by Mr. Al Mardi in 2008, Al Bilad Newspaper seeks to affirm the Arab and Islamic belonging of Bahrain and to promote national unity while respecting the principles of democracy and political, religious and cultural pluralism.

The newspaper also works to maintain national achievements and achievements, support the efforts of building and development, and consolidate the values of freedom, justice, equality, human rights and participation in the realization of the people’s will to affirm the principles of the National Action Charter and the Constitution and work together to protect its constitutional institutions.

A testament to being a pioneer in the field of journalism and publishing, Mr. Al Mardi also serves as the Chairman of Bahrain Journalist Association (BJA).

Dr. Nabeel Hussain Al Maskati

Industry: Industrial Manufacturing

Designation: Chairman

Enterprise:  Maskati Bros & Co. B.S.C. (c)

Maskati Group of Companies, headed by Dr. Nabeel Hussain Al Maskati, was established in the Kingdom of Bahrain back in 1956. Amongst its many activities, Maskati Group is widely involved in Manufacturing (Paper & Paper Disposables, & Polyethylene Products), Trading, Financial Investments, Properties & Real Estate, Consumer Products, Chemicals, High Voltage Equipment, Steel Products, Sponsorship, and Consultancy Services for Mega Projects & Joint Ventures.

Maskati Bros & Co. B.S.C. (c), the pioneering company of the group, started with production of soft-drink straws as the first product and later expanded to producing a big range of Paper & Plastic Consumer Products such as: Facial Tissues, Toilet Papers, Hygienic Feminine Towels, Hand Towels, Kitchen Rolls, Industrial Towels, Paper Bags, and a lot more. The production capacity which now boasts modern and state-of-the-art production facilities housed along with our headquarters at the Bahrain International Investment Park, Hidd and two divisions at North Sitra Industrial area,  is currently over 75,000 tons per annum.

Dr. Nabeel Hussain Al Maskati holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the American University in Beirut, a Master’s Degree from the University of London and a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin.

Khamis Al Muqla

Industry: Advertising Agency

Designation: Chairman

Enterprise:  Gulf Marcom Group

A pioneer in public relations and marketing communications in the Gulf region, Khamis Al Muqla is the Chairman and founder of Bahrain’s first fully fledged locally-owned advertising and PR agency, Gulf Marcom Group (formerly Gulf Public Relations [GPR]). He also served as the President of the International Advertisers Association (IAA) Bahrain Chapter, Chairman of Gulf Hill and Knowlton Middle East, and Chairman and Managing Director of Gulf Saatchi & Saatchi.

After his initial schooling in Bahrain, Mr. Al Muqla went to Bombay, India, to study Arts. Upon his return in 1971, he got his break as a journalist, writing for a magazine, and was also a contributor for a weekly newspaper, Akhbar Al Khaleej. He also enrolled for a business course at Gulf Technical College – a move that would provide the basis for his spectacular career. In 1973, at the age of 27, he founded his first venture, Gulf Public Relations.

In 1985, he established the first specific public relations network in the Middle East as a joint venture with the internationally acclaimed Hill & Knowlton Group. In November 2001, GPR formed an alliance with Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide to develop the brand across the Gulf region.

Mr. Al Muqla was also appointed to the London-based International Public Relations Association (IPRA) National Chair and Council for Bahrain, and is, amongst other accolades, a founding board member of the Bahrain Businessmen’s Association.

Today, his Gulf Marcom Group has been regarded as a leader in its field and still continues to grow in strength throughout the Gulf region. 

Fathi Al Mohamed

Industry: Media and Marketing

Designation: Managing Director

Enterprise: Middle East Media Group      

Fathi Al Mohamed is regarded as one of Middle East’s leading experts in the outdoor media
and marketing sector. He currently serves as the Managing Director of media-giant Middle East Media Group (MEM). MEM has over 25 years of experience in Middle-Eastern airports, shopping malls and all types of outdoor advertising.

A partner in a number of successful media-related companies, Al Mohamed has played a pioneering role in the dramatic expansion of media opportunities in the GCC and has successfully led MEM to its current market-leading position.

With an extensive existing Middle Eastern and international client base, MEM is the most established and experienced outdoors marketing company in the Region, continually introducing new technologies and state-of-the-art media. The group is comprised of 8 main companies namely: Middle East Media Bahrain, Gulf Media International, Middle East Media UK, Global OnBoard, Media Zone Advertising, Bahrain Media Services, Print Look Arabia and Waseela Gulf.

Al Mohamed also serves as |the Executive Director for the Middle East Operation of Langoor Digital Pvt Limited, a digital agency that builds and grows web systems, applications and e-commerce platforms.

He also served key positions in various firms such as Afkar Marketing Co, Prismaflex Arabia, Foodco Bahrain and Al
Ashrafiyah Investments.

Ali Al Najjar

Industry: Industrial Manufacturing and Services

Designation: Vice Chairman and Managing Director

Enterprise: Global Industrial Resources (GIR) Group

Mr. Ali Al Najjar has been monumental in the consolidation of their family business and the establishment of one of Bahrain’s highly reputed total industrial solutions provider, the Global Industrial Resources (GIR) Group which was founded by Ali’s father, Chairman Redha Najjar. Formerly known as International Technical Supplies & Services (ITSS), GIR is recognized to be a leader in supplying various technical products to Aluminium, Cement, Steel, Petrochemical and Downstream industries with more than 30 years of experience in the field.

 The company experienced major challenges and setbacks, causing internal disputes among the members and owners of the company. However, due to Ali Najjar’s commitment and valuable insights, he managed to succeed, along with his brother Ahmed, in taking control of the distraught organization and led him to the success GIR is experiencing today.

 With Mr. Ali Al Najjar overseeing the entire operation of the group, GIR now serves a wide range of customers throughout the GCC region and has already set plans to supply raw materials to Europe.

 He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Management from Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia.

Ali Abdullah Ahmadi

Industry: Diversified

Designation: Chairman          

Enterprise: Ahmadi Industries

Ahmadi Industries (AI), founded by the late Abdullah Ahmad in 1940, is a well-diversified group that operates in Bahrain market across different industries. Heading the company’s continuous success is the current Chairman, Mr. Ali Abdullah Ahmadi.

AI has been the sole Bottler and Franchisee of  PepsiCo in Bahrain since 1952. They are the first bottling company to commence operation across GCC and served as a landmark to the soft drink beverage industry. Throughout the years, PepsiCo has continued the partnership with AI and the combined strength of both companies has made PepsiCo products the brand leader in Bahrain.  

As part of AI’s growth plan and strategy to diversify its investments into other sectors, the company has explored new opportunities and has set up a food distribution division under the name of ‘Ahmadi Foods as well as a tile & sanitary ware division named ’Sanorama’ which offers high quality range of products from renowned manufacturers across Europe and Asia.

Through Mr. Ali Abdullah Ahmadi’s effective leadership, the company now has more than 500 employees, with 62 trucks covering 100% of market distribution and commanding a 75% market share in the beverage and refreshment industry.

Dr. Moemen Al Reefy

Industry: Medical

Designation: Chief Executive Officer

Enterprise: Al Reefy Specialist Center

Dr. Al Reefy is a medical pioneer and is renowned in Bahrain’s highly competitive medical sector. Since graduating from the Royal College of Surgeons (UK) in 1982, Dr. Al Reefy has distinguished himself in the highest manner both academically and professionally.

Upon completing his residency in ophthalmology at Moorfield Eye Hospital and its associated hospitals in England, he completed his subspecialty fellowship in cornea and refractive surgery at Kremer Eye Institute in San Francisco, California. Dr. Al Reefy was among the first surgeons who introduced refractive surgery to the Gulf countries in the mid-1980’s. He brings an international reputation for his pioneering work in Excimer Laser refractive surgery. Over the last two decades, Dr. Al Reefy has performed over 30,000 laser eye surgery procedures, being the first one to introduce FEMTO Second Laser to perform ReLEx procedures in the Kingdom Of Bahrain and lectured extensively to professional colleagues around the world. Dr. Al Reefy has published many scientific papers and magazine articles on refractive surgery and the latest techniques in eye surgery.

Dr. Al Reefy is an active member of many charity societies and performed hundreds of cataract surgery to blind patients in charity camps in Sudan, Yemen, Iraq, and Pakistan.

He serves a senior consultant and head of the department of ophthalmology in many teaching hospitals in England, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kingdom of Bahrain. He was also an assistant professor in ophthalmology at Basra University College of Medicine and Arabian Gulf University Medical School in Bahrain.

Hassan Al Nooh

Industry: Construction supply

Designation: Chairman

Enterprise: A.E. Al Nooh & Sons

Established by the late founder Abdali Essa Al Nooh in 1952, the A.E. Al Nooh & Sons is one of Bahrain’s oldest and most trusted companies specializing in the supply of high quality building materials and services. Throughout the years, the company has gained its reputation by constantly seeking the highest level of innovation, growth and customer satisfaction. 

The company is currently chaired by Mr. Hassan Al Nooh. He is a dynamic and hands-on leader, managing both A.E. Al Nooh & Sons as well as the sister company, Al Nooh Wood Design. With many years of experience and sound knowledge, he is positioned as an expert in all aspects of the construction and interior industries.

 Through his effective leadership, the company continues to collaborate with international partners to introduce innovative and sustainable technologies across the building, construction and industrial sectors. 

Mr. Hassan Al Nooh graduated from London, England with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Studies and Accountancy.

Khalid Alsharif

Industry: Transportation

Designation: President and CEO

Enterprise: Alsharif Group (AG)

Founded over a century ago, the Alsharif Group (AG), now headed by Mr. Khalid Alsharif as President and Chief Executive Officer, has grown to become the largest shipping house in the Kingdom of Bahrain. AG has emerged as a synonym for quality shipping and logistics services. Over the years, the company has evolved beyond Shipping Agency Services and forayed into Offshore Supply Services, Freight Forwarding, Project Cargo Handling, Chartering, and Logistics & Warehousing Services. Alsharif Group, with the watchful supervision of Khalid Alsharif, has built its reputation as a most reliable customer-friendly service provider with unparalleled access to major ports and shipping hubs worldwide.

Apart from chairing the Alsharif Group, Khalid Al Sharif also serves as a Director for the Kingdom Group of Companies; a firm that specializes in providing construction products and services since 1975.

Tariq Al Saffar

Industry: Investments

Designation: Chief Executive Officer

Enterprise: Harbour Investment Holding W.L.L.

Mr. Tariq Al Saffar has more than 25 years of experience in building brands and businesses in the Middle East. He has developed a reputation as a business leader in the MENA/GCC economic region. He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Harbour Investment Holding, a Bahrain-based investment company that was founded by entrepreneurs with the aim to establish and grow scalable businesses in Bahrain, GCC and MENA regions. 

Armed with his extensive leadership experience, Mr. Al Saffar also holds positions in several Bahraini companies and key economic organizations such as Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB), Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), and Mohamed Ebrahim Al Saffar Company (MES). 

He’s a former Managing Director and Senior Vice President at Fortune Promoseven Bahrain and a founding member of Injaz (Young Junior Achievement Worldwide). 

Mr. Al Saffar holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Marketing from Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia.

Abdul Rahman Ali Alwazzan

Industry: Diversified

Designation: Director

Enterprise: International Agencies Co. Ltd. (Intercol)

Founded by the late Ali Abdul Rahman Alwazzan and Sadiq Mohammad Al Baharna in 1957, International Agencies Company Ltd., popularly known as Intercol, is a well-diversified Bahraini owned company, representing over 200 leading corporations, many of which are blue chip multinationals such as Nokia, Nestle, New India, and LIC. The company is currently supervised by Director Abdul Rahman Ali Alwazzan.

Over the last 60 years, Intercol has achieved sustained growth and success by building on its experience and applying it across diverse industries of business in which it is involved. Having started as a shipping agent, the company now has interests in consumer goods, for which it maintains one of the most technologically-advanced dry, chilled and frozen goods warehouses in the region; shipping and forwarding; transportation and logistics; telecommunications and information technology; medical equipment and supplies; lubricants and chemicals; construction, advertising, travel and insurance.

In order to enhance the confidence of principals and customers alike, Intercol became the first company of its kind in Bahrain to attain ISO 9001: 2000 certification and ISO 14001: 2004 manage environmental accreditation company-wide.

With Mr. Alwazzan at the helm, Intercol today remains dynamic and forward-looking, pursuing a policy of planned growth by building on its ever-evolving experience, ensuring continued focus on the products and services of principals and the demands of customers through the ongoing diversification and expansion of the business outside Bahrain into regional markets.

Basim Al Saie

Industry: Industrial Manufacturing

Designation: Managing Director and founder

Enterprise: Installux Gulf

Basim Al Saie is a serial entrepreneur who loves to come up with new ideas and creative ways to solve problems. He started his career as a Mechanical Engineer, working with an elevator cab manufacturer in Ridgefield, New Jersey, before moving to Bahrain and diving into the world of aluminium.

He has played a key role in the establishment of Installux Gulf, a joint venture with one of the leading French manufacturers of high quality aluminum products for building & interior design industries. 

In addition, he also launched Polycon Bahrain, a company focused on the production of polyethylene water storage tanks. Recently, Al Saie established Rentech Middle East, a company specialized in alternative energy and environmental solutions

A testament to his unparalleled stature in the field of business, Mumtalakat has appointed him in May 2018 as the new Chairman of the Board of Gulf Aluminium Rolling Mill Company (GARMCO), the first and one of the largest downstream aluminium facilities in the Middle East for rolling, cutting and fabricating aluminium.

He also won in the 29th Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry election of 2018 and is amongst the 18 members to lead the board for a four-year term. He’s also an active member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization Bahrain Chapter.

Mr. Al Saie holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University. He also sits on the Board of Kalaam Telecom, Gulf CX, and French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Bahrain.

Mohammed Mahdi Al Tajir 

Industry: Water Bottling

Designation: Owner

Enterprise: Highland Spring

Mr. Mohammed Mahdi Al Tajir is a Bahraini businessman based in the United Kingdom. He spends much of his time at his London home at Keir House, his 18,000-acre (73 km2) Perthshire Estate. He has interests in finance and property and owns the Highland Spring Bottled Water Company.

Highland Spring was the highest-selling sparkling water in the UK and consolidated its first place position in the UK still water market. The company has expanded through organic growth and also by acquisition, taking over the Gleneagles Spring Water Company, also based in Blackford, in 2001, the Speyside Glenlivet Water Company, based in Ballindalloch in 2009, and acquiring Campsie Spring (Glasgow) from Greencore in 2010.

Mr. Al Tajir, who still enjoys close relations with Dubai’s ruling Al Maktoum family, got his start by organizing the customs department in Dubai.

In 2010, he was named one of Scotland’s richest men with a wealth of £1.72 billion in the Sunday Times Rich List.

Apart from Highland Spring, he also owns a glass-bottling company in Dubai and a private bank in the tax haven of the Cayman Islands. He often engages in philanthropic activities, donating large amounts of money to charities and non-governmental organizations. Mahdi Al Tajir has also been active in education, providing scholarships for numerous excelling students.

Nabeel Abdulla Al Zain 

Industry: Gems and Jewelry Retail 

Designation: Chairman

Enterprise: Al Zain Jewelry

Founded in 1930 by Hasan Al Zain, a pearl merchant, Al Zain Jewelry was one of the first establishments to combine pearl and jewelry-making in the Gulf.

With Nabeel Al Zain as the current Chairman, Al Zain has grown from just four artisans in a single store at Yateem Centre, Bab-al-Bahrain Souq to over 300 people and operating a number of retail outlets in Bahrain, Khobar, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Doha, and Jordan.

Mr. Al Zain, who also serves as a Director for Bahrain Duty Free, is proud to have upheld the legacy of his father and grandfather. His wife, Samar Al Gosaibi, his two sons Mohammed and Faisal as well as his daughter Noora, all of whom form the management team at Al Zain.

Noora, who holds a BA in Graphic and Communication Design from the University of Leeds, also has a specialist certificate in diamond grading and jewelry design. Mohammed, who is also a certified gemologist, specializes in colored stones and diamonds, graduated with a Degree in Business Management. Faisal studied Graphic as well as Jewelry Design in Milan. As a team, part of their collective objective is to provide a level of knowledge and understanding to Al Zain’s customers and future generations.

Al Zain Jewelry has won several international awards for design and craftsmanship including the coveted Tahitian Pearl Trophy and the Gold Virtuousi Award.

Talal Al Zain

Industry: Banking and Finance

Designation: Chairman

Enterprise: Dividend Gate Capital

Mr. Talal Al Zain is one of Bahrain’s most respected member of the banking and financial sector. A career Finance Professional, he has acquired a wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas of credit and investment. Mr. Al Zain currently serves as the first Chairman of the newly formed private equity company Dividend Gate Capital (DGC). DGC targets opportunities with businesses operating in sectors such as, Food & Beverages (F&B), construction services, industrial, e-commerce (IT) and financial technology (FinTech).

Mr. Al Zain’s illustrious career includes very senior positions held with PineBridge Investments, Investcorp and Chase Manhattan Bank. He also served as the Founding Chief Executive Officer of Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund, Mumtalakat Holding Co., whose portfolio spans everything from the Bahrain’s national carrier Gulf Air, Bahrain International Circuit, Batelco, National Bank of Bahrain and a few more.

Mr. Al Zain holds a B.B.A. in Accounting, an M.B.A. in Finance from Mercer University, Atlanta and has completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University.

Khalid Al Zayani

Industry: Banking and Finance

Designation: Chairman

Enterprise: Alzayani Investments Group

Mr. Khalid Al Zayani is currently Honorary Chairman of the family firm, Al Zayani Investments, which operates a diverse portfolio of businesses such as Industry, Banking, Automotive, Healthcare and Real-estate. He also serves as the Chairman of Al Baraka Islamic Bank, one of the region’s highly esteemed Islamic finance houses, with operations across 12 countries.

Mr. Al Zayani is a visionary entrepreneur and businessperson who has a vast experience in chairing various companies including Midal Cables Ltd., Aluwheel W.L.L., Metalform W.L.L., and a couple more.

In addition, he is also a founding member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain and of the Bahrain British Business Council, and a board member of the US-Bahrain Business Council, International Chamber of Commerce, Bahrain National Committee, American Bahraini Friendship Society, Bahraini Moroccan Business Council, Bahrain India Society, Bahrain Technology Transfer Society, and Bahrain British Business Forum.

He also served as a Member of the Accounting and Auditing Standards Boards for Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions and as a member of the Bahrain Academic Qualification Accreditation Committee.

Mr. Al Zayani holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science & Accountancy from the University of Manchester, UK; and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Nawaf Khalid Al Zayani

Industry: Diversified

Designation: Chairman

Enterprise: Al Zayani Investments

Nawaf Khalid Al Zayani is a young Businessman from within the Al Zayani family, whose prudent foresight and innovative personality has led Zayani Motors, a subsidiary of Al Zayani Investments, to new heights.

He had successfully managed and run Zayani Motors in its 20th successful year before he took on a bigger role of becoming the Chairman of Al Zayani Investments.

 The Al Zayani Investments Group is a dynamic company based in Manama, Bahrain. Since its establishment in 1977, the company’s journey has been one of mounting success and expansion.

The companies under the umbrella of Al Zayani Investments Group provide the very best in these specified fields: automobiles and related services, industrial manufacturing and property development.

By laying the groundwork of a solid local foundation and employing the best resources and technologies along with the competent leadership of Mr. Nawaf Al Zayani, Al Zayani Investments have consolidated its position as a strong regional competitor, equipped to face the challenges of the changing modern market.

Apart from chairing Al Zayani Investments, Nawaf also serves as an Independent Director for SNIC Insurance, a company that’s been protecting individuals and businesses with quality insurance coverage since 1974.

Mohanned Khalid Al Anni

Industry: Education

Designation: Founding Partner, Managing Director

Enterprise: Gulf University, Al Hekma International

Mohanned Khalid Al-Anni is one of the pioneers in providing high quality education for citizens in Bahrain. His commitment for the betterment of the Kingdom’s education sector is clearly exhibited in the vital role he played in the establishing of Gulf University, a multi-college private university which is now one of the reputed higher educational institutions in Bahrain. He also serves as the Managing Director of Al Hekma International, a co-educational international school offering an American curriculum from Pre-school to High School and was founded in 1985.

Mr. Al-Anni was also instrumental in the promotion of scholarship schemes and student loans for deserving students who are unable to afford tuition for higher education. With his thorough dedication, along with his distinguished reputation in the education sector, he managed to succeed in this endeavor.

 Apart from getting involved in the education sector, Mr. Al-Anni has also built a hugely diverse portfolio of ventures, from Joinery to Agriculture and Animal Feed Manufacturing, expanding these operations to cover GCC/MENA and beyond.

He received higher education from Bentley University in Massachusetts.

Jameel Almatrook

Industry: Property Development

Designation:  Vice Chairman

Enterprise: Meritas Holdings

Jameel Almatrook is a very successful businessman with more than 30 years in managing various business lines around the globe. He is the current Vice Chairman of Meritas Holdings, a group of companies with the vision of developing projects which aim at area regeneration through community sympathetic and environmentally friendly developments. The group is comprised of 4 main companies namely: Meritas Investments, Meritas Ventures, Meritas Real Estate, and Meritas Management W.L.L.

Jameel Almatrook holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Leeds University in the UK. He is also a member of the team of experts for engineering to the high supreme courts in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Additionally, he is presently a Board Advisor to the Royal College of Surgeons in Bahrain and is part of the Royal Institute of civil engineers (UK), and The Bahrain Society of Engineers. He also serves as a member of Gulf Air Board of Directors.

Abdulrahman Almoayed

Industry: Automotive

Designation: CEO

Enterprise: Wheels of Arabia (WOA)

Abdulrahman Almoayed is the dynamic CEO of Wheels of Arabia, a pioneer in the field and the biggest motorcycle dealership in Bahrain. ‘Wheels of Arabia’ was founded based on a vision of providing customers with the experience of a lifetime on two wheels. Their products range from motorcycles, scooters, accessories, parts, safety gear, merchandise and service offerings, providing customers with a one-stop-shop for all the requirements. WOA currently represents some of the best brands available worldwide, including Ducati, Aprilia, Vespa, Moto Guzzi, Piaggio, MV Agusta and Gilera among many others and operates in Bahrain and UAE.

As a result of Abdulrahman’s outstanding initiatives, WOA has successfully acquired the Bahrain-based dealership of world renowned motorcycle giant, Harley-Davidson. The inclusion of the Harley Davidson brand under Wheels of Arabia cements the company’s position as a premier dealer of 2-wheeler brands in the region.

Abdulrahman Almoayed holds a B.A. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and an MBA from Strathclyde University, Scotland. He served as Entrepreneur’s Organization Bahrain Chapter President for 2011/2012.

Aymen Almoayed

Industry: Consultancy and Legal Services

Designation: Chairman and Managing Partner

Enterprise: Almoayed Chambers

Almoayed Chambers is a regional legal and strategy firm based in Bahrain with affiliates and offshoots throughout the GCC. Established in 2010 by Mr. Aymen Almoayed, the company continues to grow and respond to the rising demand for professional legal services.

After graduating from two very old academic institutions, Mr. Almoayed gained his Law license under the tutelage of the oldest and most renowned lawyers in the Kingdom of Bahrain, namely Zu’bi & Partners. He proceeded to incorporate his legal and strategic advisory firm, trading under Almoayed Chambers. The firm has since given birth to a number of spin-off operations and ventures and continues to push the envelope with its leading role in corporate transactions and its explosive precedent-setting in multi-million dollar cross-jurisdiction litigation claims.

Mr. Almoayed also serves as a Member of the Supervisory Board of the Kempinski Hotels and as a Board Member of Bahrain Bourse. He also is the Chairman of the Board of the Almoayed Holdings W.L.L.He served as Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain, Vice Chairman of the Conflict and Dispute Resolution Committee at the Bahrain Chamber for Commerce and Industry and as Chapter Chair of the New York State Bar Association.

Mr. Almoayed is a licensed legal practitioner in the Kingdom of Bahrain. He graduated from the University of Kent, UK with a Bachelor’s in Law and holds an MBA degree from the University of Cambridge, UK.

Khalid Abdulrahman Almoayed

Industry: Diversified

Designation: Chairman

Enterprise: Khalid Almoayed & Sons (KAS)

Khalid Abdulrahman Almoayed is the founder and current Chairman of Khalid Almoayed & Sons W.L.L. (KAS), a family-owned holding that he established in 1998 that helps develop unique business concepts in Bahrain. The KAS brand represents quality offerings that aim to improve the face of innovation in the Middle East.

Since its inception, KAS has been yielding successful results from venturing into various fields including real estate, food, and beverage, electrical and mechanical works, IT, transportation, travel, design
and investments.

Today, after two decades of leadership courtesy of Khalid Almoayed, KAS has evolved into one of Bahrain’s highly esteemed family-owned business, with an anticipated continuous growth in its portfolios that brings together local and global brands as part and parcel of a well-thought-out strategy based on adding value to the economy and touching people’s lives.

Farouk Yousuf Almoayyed

Industry: Diversified

Designation: Chairman

Enterprise: Y.K. Almoayyed  & Sons

Founded by the late Yousuf Khalil Almoayyed, the Y.K. Almoayyed & Sons is a diversified business group based in the Kingdom of Bahrain that consists of Y.K. Almoayyed & Sons, Ashrafs, Almoayyed Contracting Group, National Concrete Co. and Almoayyed Properties. Sitting at the helm and leading the group towards continuous success is the current Chairman, Mr. Farouk Yousuf Almoayyed.

The key industry sectors and market segments in which the group operates includes cars, commercial vehicles, heavy vehicles, construction equipment, industrial contracting, air conditioning, lifts, escalators, medical technologies, and facility management.

On the other hand, the group’s retail operations cover consumer appliances, electronics, home and office furnishing, sanitary ware, tools, and hardware, and it is also a high-end retailer and distributor of luxury goods, perfumes, cosmetics, fashion and business equipment.

Believing that technology is the future, he founded Almoayyed International in 1979 by taking the Wang as the leading word processing system distributorship for Bahrain. He continued
to expand into the high-tech sectors by taking major distributorships in the technology sector. He is also the Chairman of National Bank of Bahrain, Gulf Hotels Group, Bahrain Duty Free, and Bahrain National Holding – four of the largest public companies in Bahrain. His main passion in business is to give an excellent service to his customers.

Al Moayyed received an undergraduate degree from Loughborough University.

Mohammed Farouk Almoayyed

Industry: Diversified

Designation: Chairman

Enterprise:  Almoayyed International Group (AIG)

Mohammed Farouk Almoayyed is the Chairman of Almoayyed International Group, a high-value company that provides expert solutions for businesses across the country, region and the world. The group is regarded as one of Bahrain’s leading business houses.

A Board member of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), Mohammed Almoayyed holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a major in Finance from George Washington University in the USA. As a promising entrepreneur, he has actively participated in the group’s business activities since the year 2000. He also extends his managerial support to the parent group Y.K. Almoayyed’s automobile dealership business of Nissan, Infiniti, Renault, and Ford.

Mr. Almoayyed is a proactive individual, a prudent and swift decision maker. He has brought in several changes to the group’s style of functioning by decentralizing authority and making every person responsible and accountable. He aspires to deliver the highest level of customer satisfaction by regularly monitoring the service and support levels. The first step towards this was acquiring the ISO 9001 certification in the year 2003.

His vision is to add several new business lines to the Almoayyed International Group’s activities and expand its present operations into other GCC and Middle East countries. He also participates in several philanthropic activities and aims to continue this in years to come.

Ahmed Abdulla Bin Hindi and Nawaf Bin Hindi

Industry: Diversified

Designation: Vice-Chairman & CEO, Director

Enterprise: A.A. Bin Hindi Group

Trading tires and batteries were a part of A.A. Bin Hindi’s activities from its very inception in 1965. Over the period, the company grew to its stature today, diversifying its activities into various fields like Automobiles, Construction, Industrial Equipment, Information Technology and Communications, Special Projects in Oil fields, Public Transportation and Car Rentals, Hospitalities and Car
Care Centres. 

 Today, the group is managed by the next generation of the Bin Hindi family including Ahmed Abdulla Bin Hindi as Vice Chairman and CEO, and Nawaf Bin Hindi as a Group Director.

Committed to customer service, the group’s ability to maintain and deliver state of the art commercial and industrial solutions as per market needs has seen the group carve an iconic niche in the chronicles of Bahrain. 

The Company’s portfolio of businesses includes Bin Hindi Motors, Heavy Vehicles & Construction Equipment (HVCE), Enterprise Electro Mechanical Division (EEMD), Bin Hindi Informatics, Bin Hindi Transport, Bin Hindi Car Care, and Bin Hindi Ezone. To add to that, the group serves as the exclusive dealer of the global car giant, KIA Motors, in Bahrain. They’re also the sole distributor of mobile products from the world renowned electronic company, Samsung.

 Apart from managing the A.A. Bin Hindi Group, Mr. Ahmed Abdulla Bin Hindi also chairs the Bahrain Businessmen’s Association. He previously served as a Board Member for Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a Member of the Board of Directors for Bahrain Airport Company.

Mohammed Dadabhai

Industry: Diversified

Designation: Chairman

Enterprise: Dadabhai Group

Mohammed Dadabhai is the Chairman of the Board of Dadabhai Group, one of the much respected and highly-acclaimed groups of companies in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Back in the 1940s, being the eldest of six children, Mr. Dadabhai was expected to work alongside his father, who owned a small toy shop in the heart of Manama’s old souk. He finished his schooling but rather than go on to university, he decided to work full time.

A futurist, he began with the trading division in the early sixties and then diversified its operations into multiple businesses comprising Construction, Real Estate, Hospitality, Travel and Tourism, Communication, Advertising, and Home Appliances.

Apart from business, Mr. Dadabhai is involved in and is associated with the promotion and development of various educational, social, philanthropic and sports activities. He is closely known and recognized by the Government Institutions and Business community in the Kingdom of Bahrain for his active notable contributions to the society. Considering his dedication to serving the nation, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa honored Mr. Dadabhai with a state medal in Feb. 2011.

Mr. Dadabhai is an enthusiastic fan of Cricket and is a member of the Cricket Club of India. He is also the current Chairman of the Bahrain India Society (BIS).

Adel Abdulla Fakhro

Industry: Construction

Designation: Group Managing Director

Enterprise: Abdulla Yousif Fakhro Group

Since it was first established in 1888, the Abdulla Yousif Fakhro Group has played a leading role in the development of the Bahraini economy and society.

In the successive generations, with Mr. Adel Abdulla Fakhro as the Group Managing Director, the company continued expanding the business lines and new subsidiary companies were created and added to the group. Headquartered in Bahrain, the Abdulla Yousif Fakhro Group has also fortified its presence in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar, through a tactical expansion of its existing business lines.

The Group is comprised of 12 integrated main companies, each specialized in its own field covering trading in automotive and industrial products, sales and servicing of telecom, I.T. products and systems, telecom value added products and services, quick service restaurants, car rental and leasing, sales and servicing of electrical and building solutions/products, mechanical and electrical contracting, shipping services, insurance brokerage services, property and investments.

The Abdulla Yousif Fakhro Group also owns the franchising rights of the global fast-food giant McDonald’s in Bahrain.

 Mr. Adel Abdulla Fakhro holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the American University of Beirut.

Younis Faraj

Industry: Winery

Designation: Co-founder        

Enterprise: Portunes Winery

Mr. Younis Faraj, a Bahraini now living in France, is the co-founder of Portunes Winery, a highly acclaimed wine producer based
in France. The winery was founded back in 2013, after the first harvest was made in September 2012.

Portunes’ wine cellar is located on the land of Chateau Vaisseries, on the edge of the City of Beziers. The vineyards of Portunes exist and feed on vines since the Romans lived on the land in the 3rd and 4th Centuries BC. The winery was named after Portunes, the Roman god of keys, doors, and cattle.

It was in 2003 when Younis Faraj along with his friend, Alison Holmes, decided to buy the estate including the castle, and pursue their dream to make wine.

 Today, Portunes take pride in creating unique wines that caught the delicate taste of the French folks. Their products are comprised of 4 wines namely: Faunus, Enkidou, Gilgamesh, and Persian Blood, a special blend whom Mr. Younis Faraj coined the name himself, to give recognition to his passion for viniculture.

Qutub and Hatim Dadabai

Industry: Diversified

Designation: Managing Directors

Enterprise:  Dadabai Holding

Qutub and Hatim Dadabai are the dynamic brothers who are both in charge of taking Dadabai Holding to new heights. The Dadabai family has a rich legacy in the Kingdom of Bahrain, having started its operations as a leading family group in the early 1950s. Today, the Dadabai holding has been regarded as one of the most diversified business conglomerates in the Middle East, with a reputation for excellent business practices and product’s quality.

Mr. Qutub Dadabai, the older brother of Mr. Hatim, started as a Director for the trading division of Dadabai Holding and is the key person in the expansion of the group’s operations to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and other parts of the GCC region. His successful and dynamic leadership led him to a more responsible position as the Managing Director of hotel division wherein he took an active interest not only for the expansion but initiated various employee welfare, training and development programs. He completed his education from the United States of America with specialization in marketing.

 On the other hand, Mr. Hatim Dadabai serves as the Managing Director of the group’s Hospitality, Trading and Hotel Division. Following his family business from an early age, he envisioned a clear and focused career path to support his family business. To accomplish this goal, he acquired a Degree in Business and Entrepreneurship from Farleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, USA. He began his career with hospitality division, wherein he took active interest for expansions including Baisan Hotels, Elite Hotels
& Apartments.

Both brothers have also played a vital role in establishing Bahrain Institute of Hospitality and Retail (BIHR), a pioneer and the leading institute in hospitality and tourism training in the Kingdom of Bahrain. BIHR has tied up with Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association and HTMi Switzerland, the world-renowned Hospitality Education Provider.

Faisal Faqeeh

Industry: Real Estate and Property Development

Designation: Chairman

Enterprise: Bin Faqeeh Real Estate Investment Company (BFREIC)

The real estate market of the Kingdom of Bahrain is known as one of the region’s most competitive markets. And while there are several renowned developers working to make out the best of the island kingdom’s potential, Bin Faqeeh Real Estate Investment Company, founded and currently chaired by the visionary entrepreneur Faisal Faqeeh, has been standing out as one of the most unique real estate development companies there.

In 2008, Faisal Faqeeh established the company with a total capital of $53 million, eyeing the development of state-of-the-art, inventive and futuristic real estate projects that will revolutionize Bahrain’s current real estate landscape.

Mr. Faqeeh won various awards that further elevate his status as a leader in property development in the GCC region. He bagged the “Real Estate Developer of the Year” Award and the “National Residential Project of the Year” Award for his firm’s The Treasure Project. In addition to that, Faqeeh won the “Visionary of the Year” Award during the Arabian Business Real Estate Awards.

Earlier 2018, BFREIC revealed plans to build Paramount Residences Bahrain Waterbay in partnership with Paramount Hotels & Resorts. Developed and managed by an international hotel and entertainment firm, the project will echo Hollywood’s allure and luxury in what will be Bahrain’s first Hollywood concept real estate project. Paramount Residences Bahrain, Waterbay is projected to be accomplished in the Q2 of 2019.

Bin Faqeeh has launched 28 projects so far, 12 of which have been successfully delivered, 4 of which have been delivered ahead of schedule.

Jamal Fakhro

Industry: Professional Services

Designation: Managing Partner

Enterprise: KPMG Fakhro Bahrain

Mr. Jamal Fakhro has been a partner at KPMG Fakhro since 1982 (formerly Fakhro Establishment for Accounting and Auditing – the first national accounting and auditing firm established in Bahrain in 1968) and became Managing Partner in 1987.

 KPMG has had a presence in the kingdom of Bahrain for nearly 50 years. From a small local accounting firm, founded in 1968 by university friends Jassim M. Fakhro and Hussain Kasim, KPMG in Bahrain has become one of the largest and most prestigious professional services firms in the country.  

Mr. Jamal Fakhro has over 35 years’ experience as client partner and advisor and has led cross-border engagements in financial services, oil and gas, government sectors infrastructure and communications.  He’s also the relationship partner for a select group of high profile clients in Bahrain and interacts with board-level executives from some of the region’s most prestigious businesses and organizations.

His key areas of expertise include financial services
(including Islamic finance), strategic planning and investments, GCC and emerging markets insights, corporate governance and family governance.

Mr. Jamal Fakhro is a Founding Board Member for the Pearl Initiative – the leading independent, not-for-profit, by-business for-business, institution in the Gulf Region, which aims to influence and improve corporate accountability and transparency, and also a Founder of the Jassim Fakhro fund, which supports young Bahrainis to achieve professional qualifications. 

 He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Cairo, Egypt and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He also serves as the First Deputy Chairman of Bahrain’s Shura Council.

Jawad Habib

Industry: Accounting and Consulting

Designation: Chairman

Enterprise: BDO Bahrain

Jawad Habib is a pioneer in Bahrain’s professional accounting and consulting field, with over 30 years of experience under his belt. In 1980 he served as a partner with Pricewaterhouse Middle East Joint Venture operations for four years until he established Jawad Habib & Co, a professional firm of public accountants and management consultants.  At the beginning of 2002, Jawad Habib & Co. became a member firm of BDO International.

Today, BDO Bahrain has become one of the leading accounting and advisory firms in Bahrain with its strengths firmly rooted within the region. The Firm, led by seven partners, has a diverse client base and its ability to tailor its services to the needs of public, private, government and international clients are fundamental to the firm’s approach to success. 

Jawad Habib began his career with Bahrain Petroleum Co. from where he moved on to successfully complete his accountancy examinations for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in London. After obtaining 14 years of industry experience, he moved to the professional field of auditing and management consultancy where he worked for two of the largest accounting firms in the Arab world and was responsible for their activities in several countries.

He served as the Chairman Bahrain National Competitiveness Council (BNCC), a group created in 2005 to formulate and facilitate the assessment and then improvement of Bahrain’s business competitiveness. The BNCC’s broad-based membership includes leaders from Bahrain’s business, banking, and academic communities, as well as reputable non-government organizations (NGOs).

Wassim Abu Hamad

Industry: Engineering and General Contracting

Designation: Managing Director

Enterprise: Mechanical Contracting & Services Co WLL (MCSC)

Established by the late Mr. William Yousif Abu Hamad in 1972, the MCSC (Mechanical Contracting & Services Company WLL) enjoys a reputation as one of the leading and respected engineering and general contracting firms in Bahrain. Driving the company to success today is its Managing Director, Mr. Wassim Abu Hamad, along with his two brothers, Eysam and Bassam Abu Hamad.

Since its inception, MCSC has developed its operations to offer diversified expertise and to meet the needs of the major industries in Bahrain and the region. MCSC has completed numerous key and critical projects In Bahrain for the top tier industries including oil, gas, petrochemicals, aluminium, power, steel and water industries.

Through Mr. Wassim Abu Hamad’s keen leadership, MCSC received several recognitions from respected companies from the industry such as the Best Contractor Award from BANAGAS for the year 2017, Best Contractor Award from BAPCO for the year 2015 and Special Appreciation from Tatweer Petroleum.

Mohammed Jaffar

Industry: Jewelry, Watches and Accessories Retail 

Designation: Chairman

Enterprise: Asia Jewellers

Asia Jewelers Group is a local and regional pioneer in the trade of the finest international jewelry, watches, and accessories and is the sole distributor for more than 60 trademarks.

The group saw its beginning in Manama in 1962 where it inaugurated its first store with a then humble collection of international brands such as Zenith, in addition to the prestigious IWC brand which is considered today as one of the most reputable Swiss watch manufacturer.

Mohammed Jaffar, who took over the leadership of the business from his late father Mahmood Jaffar, has since taken the company to new heights.

He entered the family business at a young age. What started off as a summer job turned into a career when he started working full time for his father in his early 20s. He learned the ropes by working his way through different positions and segments of the company. Currently, he serves as the Chairman of Asia Jewelers.

Today, with Mohammed Jaffar’s leadership and keenness, Asia Jewelers has consolidated its reputation as one of the largest jewelry trading groups in Bahrain and the region. They’ve positioned themselves in a number of prime locations such as the Al Seef Mall, Al Aali Mall, City Centre, the Ritz Carlton and also Moda Mall. Asia Jewellers’ presence has also been gradually expanding with the opening of its first exclusive boutique for Cartier in Al Khobar.

Khalid Abdulla Janahi

Industry: Banking and Finance

Designation: Group Chief Executive Officer

Enterprise: Dar Al-Maal Al Islami Trust (DMI Trust)

Khalid Abdulla Janahi is a forerunner in Bahrain’s banking and finance sector. He amassed more than three decades of experience in the field and has built a reputation as a veteran banker. He serves as the Group Chief Executive Officer of Dar Al-Maal Al Islami Trust (DMI Trust), Chairman of Faisal Private Bank (Switzerland), DMI Administrative Services, Islamic Investment Company of the Gulf Bahamas) Ltd., Solidarity Group, Naseej and Ithmaar Development Company in Bahrain. He served as the Chairman of Solidarity Group Holding (also called as Solidarity Group) until June 2017.

Mr. Janahi was a previous Partner of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Vice-Chairman of the Arab Business Council, World Economic Forum and a member of the Bahrain Economic Development Board. He is also a member of the Board of Faisal Islamic Bank of Egypt and the Centre for International Business and Management (CIBAM) at the University of Cambridge.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science & Accountancy from the University of Manchester, UK and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Khalid Ahmed Juman

Industry: Media

Designation: Chairman and founder

Enterprise: Miracle Graphics/ Pico

With a vision to deliver high-quality visual products to the growing printing and publishing industry in Bahrain, the founders of Awal Press embarked on a journey which has culminated in a 60-year gradual transformation of tastes and expectations of the clients.

Today, Awal Press is being led by Mr. Khalid Juman who continues to fulfill the vision of his predecessors, while crafting new products based on the world’s leading industry technologies.

Apart from managing Awal Press, Khalid Juman is also the Director and Founder of Miracle Graphics, a Bahrain-based creative agency that offers brand communications services, including advertising campaigns, digital media, promotions, events and exhibitions, corporate identity, collaterals, web design, interior design, public relations, and strategies.

He’s also the Chairman and CEO of Pico Bahrain, a firm that produced several high profile events in and out of Bahrain.
Mr. Khalid Juman holds a BBA in Business from The University of Texas.

Faisal Jawad

Industry: Retail

Designation: Chairman

Enterprise:  Jawad Business Group (JBG)

You may not know it but a Jawad Business Group (JBG) product may be a part of your day every day. With Faisal Jawad serving as the Group’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, JBG now operates over 600 stores across the GCC and is still growing at a rapid pace.

Faisal Jawad’s father established the family business in the 1950s when he opened Jawad Cold Store, a supermarket that sold frozen goods to expats living in Bahrain. Today, JBG has consistently maintained its leadership position in the Consumer, Retail and Hospitality arena.

Over the decades, the Group has transformed itself into a multi-faceted, multi-cultural organization with business interests across the GCC states, encompassing Convenience stores, Distribution of FMCG goods, Fashion and Footwear, Restaurants – both international and home grown, and a host of focused retail services, including its own Travel Agency and Rent-a-car services, and support services. To name a few, JBG holds franchise for several renowned international brands such as Costa Coffee, Chili’s, Dairy Queen, Burger King, Papa John’s Pizza and a lot more.

A family oriented person with wife and four children, Faisal Jawad is a self-confessed avid Skier and Sailor. He started his career in the company as a General Assistant and worked his way up to become the Chairman and CEO of JBG.

Fuad Akhtar

Industry: Perfume Manufacturing and Retail

Designation: Chairman

Enterprise: Syed Junaid Alam W.L.L.

Currently headed by the Chairman, Mr. Fuad Akhtar, Junaid Perfumes offers an assorted collection of popular traditional Arabic fragrances and oils. Its product line, nevertheless, is not restricted
and is constantly being enhanced with newer products, reflecting and catering to the changing tastes and desires of its ever-growing clientele.

Founded in 1910 by the late Syed Junaid Alam, Bahrain’s Junaid Perfumes since then has become the market leader in the GCC. With over 150 shops in Asia and selling over four million bottles annually, Bahrain’s biggest perfumer retailer now has a footprint pretty much around the world.

Since opening its first store in Bab Al Bahrain over a century ago, Junaid Perfumes had only four shops until the 1980s. It was not until 1994 that the company’s current CEO, Mr. Junaid Jaweed along with his brother, decided to follow a strategy of aggressive expansion that evolved over ten years.

With Mr. Fuad Akhtar effective leadership, Junaid Perfumes now boasts a repertoire of over 120 products in its stores, comprising of perfumes, oils, creams, gels, lockets, diffusers and Mubkhars. The perfumer maintains its quality and authenticity with signature bottles that are produced through joint ventures in Paris, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Thailand and China.

Ebrahim K. Kanoo

Industry: Automotive

Enterprise: Kanoo Performance

Ebrahim K. Kanoo is the grandson of the late founder of Ebrahim K. Kanoo B.S.C. (c), a family-owned business that has served the Kingdom of Bahrain for over six decades. The company’s core business is automotive retail and aftersales services for a broad spectrum of passenger and commercial products, including the flagship brands of Toyota, Lexus and McLaren.

His love and enthusiasm for everything automotive make him one of the main persons behind the automotive business growth and expansion of E.K Kanoo automotive division. He is also one of the main drivers in the creation of Kanoo Performance, an automotive firm and Bahrain’s ultimate customization destination that specializes in enhancing the performance of supercars. It is also the largest and most advanced facility of its kind in Bahrain.

Through his leadership, the Kanoo Performance has been regarded as one of the best in this field of automotive enhancement throughout the Middle East region.

 He even applies the company’s latest technologies and innovations on his own cars. He’s been actively participating in various drag racing events through the E.K. Kanoo Racing Division and led him to break a number of world drag racing speed records.

Faisal Khalid Kanoo

Industry: Diversified

Designation: Director

Enterprise: Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo Group

Faisal Khalid Kanoo represents the sixth generation of one of the Gulf region’s largest and most successful family businesses. He has balanced his role and responsibilities within the YBA Group with an insatiable desire to create and develop his own brands and enterprises. This dichotomy is infused by a third impulse which is to serve and benefit the society around him.

Mr. Kanoo is a successful entrepreneur in the Food and Beverage Sector. His longstanding business, EatCorp, has grown organically and includes some of the most successful and innovative local brands, with a track record of profitability, growth, expansion, franchising and successful exit. Aside from traditional businesses, his focus also encompasses green projects that not only add value economically but also from an environmental perspective.

He’s also the main person behind the establishment, expansion, and growth of K Hotels and its sister hotels. In 2015, the K Hotel became the first hotel in the Kingdom to receive five international quality certifications, whilst Faisal himself also received a prestigious Award for Entrepreneurship.

Apart from getting involved with various businesses, Mr. Kanoo is also an avid collector. He is the world’s largest private collector (over 5000) of life-size action figures and collectibles.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in International Economics with a concentration in Developmental Economics from Georgetown University, Washington D.C. and an MBA from the London Business School.

Khalid Mohamed Kanoo

Industry: Diversified

Designation: Group Chairman

Enterprise: Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo Group (YBA)

The Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo Group of companies is one of the largest, independent family-owned multinational businesses in the Middle East. Leading the relentless expansion of the YBA Kanoo Group is its Group Chairman, Khalid Mohamed Kanoo. He officially joined the family business when he was 23 years old and is one of the pioneers in modernizing the family business set-up.

Established in the Kingdom of Bahrain in 1890 as a small family trading and shipping business, the group has evolved into a diversified conglomerate that provides a broad range of quality products and services that meet the highest international standards. Today, the YBA Kanoo Group has wholly-owned activities across the Arabian Gulf, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Qatar, and expanding beyond the region to cover Egypt, UK, France and India.

Mr. Kanoo has a wealth of knowledge and experience; he held many positions and executive roles within and outside the group, as well as on many boards of directors and government agencies. He is the founder and President of the Bahrain Family Business Association. He is also a Board Member of several banks and investment houses and chairs the Board of Trustees of the Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo Award amongst many other leadership roles.

He is also a published author with two books, the first entitled “House of Kanoo” and the second “Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the future challenges of the chambers of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.” He has written many articles on family businesses, lectured and arranged several conferences and seminars on this subject in several countries from within the region and beyond. Khalid Mohammed Kanoo is also a visual artist with many participations across the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Mohamed Ebrahim Kanoo

Industry: Diversified

Designation: Chairman

Enterprise: Ebrahim K. Kanoo B.S.C. ( c )

Mohamed Ebrahim Kanoo is the Chairman of the Ebrahim K. Kanoo B.S.C. (c), a Bahrain based company, considered to be one of the pioneers in the automotive field, alongside having operations in car care products, mercantile, and leasing solutions. In addition to this, it also offers services related to management consulting, industrial equipment and supplies and IT. The group is also a trendsetter in new customer service standards in the face of the ever-growing quality expectations in the country. It is well-renowned in dealing with global brands like Toyota, Lexus and Mclaren in the automotive domain. The group’s subsidiaries have been instrumental in proliferating its business in various fields.

In 1974, Mr. Mohamed Kanoo, along with his brother Mr. Fuad, took over the entire operations, steering the company into a new era of growth and transforming it into one of the most prestigious automotive companies in the region.

Partnering with some of the world’s leading brands, Ebrahim K. Kanoo B.S.C. (c) has successfully diversified into various sectors and industries. Today, with Mr. Mohamed Kanoo at the helm, the Ebrahim K. Kanoo B.S.C. (c) boasts a dedicated workforce of over 2,600 professionals, excelling and pioneering in innovative businesses and building a relationship of trust with its valuable customers.

Saud Abdulaziz Kanoo

Industry: Diversified

Designation: Chairman

Enterprise: Ossis Property Developers

Mr. Saud Abdulaziz Kanoo is the Chairman of Ossis Property Developers BSC in Bahrain, one of the leading property development companies in the Gulf region and also the company that was instrumental in creating and developing Amwaj Island.

He is also the Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo, one of the largest independent family-owned groups of companies in the Middle East.

Born in 1959, he started working as a Civil Engineer in 1984 at the Ministry of Housing before joining the family business. Mr. Kanoo has acquired over 20 years of experience in property development and real estate sector.

He is a member of the Shura Council of the Kingdom of Bahrain and is a member of various Boards representing the Company’s interests. He graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in the U.S. and also holds a Master of Business Administration and Economics Degree from Mercer University, Atlanta, Georgia.

Elie Khalaf

Industry: Hair and Beauty

Designation: Founder and General Technical Manager

Enterprise: Elie and Jean Salon Supply

Style, talent, innovation and creation are the exact words that describe Elie & Jean, the famous name in the world of hairdressing in general and in fashion hairdressing to be specific.

It all started in 1965 when Elie Khalaf realized that his talents lay in his fingers and in hairdressing and styling. His search for newer horizons leads him from Beirut, Lebanon to Bahrain in 1970. Jean, Elie’s younger brother, who has a passion for art and design, decided to invest his skills in the field of hairdressing and in 1976 he joined Elie in Bahrain. In 1978, Elie flew to London to work for a couple of leading salons and further hone his skills. By 1981, he returned to Bahrain and the brothers together set up their first salon at the Regency Intercontinental Hotel, Bahrain. Their brand gained an immense reputation throughout the Gulf, which resulted in the birth of two other branches at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in 1995 and Movenpick Hotel in 2000.

Having enhanced their skills and expertise, Elie & Jean launched an academy in the year 2001 with the co-operation of City & Guilds and Habia International, dedicated to improving the hairstyling basic techniques, and deliver know-how in the fields of hair-cutting, coloring and styling. 

In 2003, they acquired the sole distribution for Fudge & Yuko System in the Middle East and by 2008, they grew even further by launching the TIGI in Bahrain and the neighboring region. 

Expanding further, Elie & Jean Salon Supply have now reached Lebanon and Dubai and still continue to grow in terms of clientele and influence across GCC.

Nemir Kirdar

Industry: Banking and Finance

Designation: Founder and Executive Chairman

Enterprise: Investcorp

Mr. Nemir Kirdar is the founder and Executive Chairman of investment banking giant, Investcorp, a firm specializing in global investment offerings including private equity, hedge funds, real estate, technology investments and Persian Gulf growth capital. He has over 40 years of experience in the banking sector and has been dubbed as the ‘Sage of Manama’, reflecting the respect he earned across the financial markets of three continents.

r. Kirdar began his banking career in New York in 1969. Following two years of credit training, he worked in South East Asia and Japan for Allied Bank International. In 1974, he joined Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City, as vice president. Between 1976 and 1981, Mr. Kirdar worked in the Gulf, overseeing and directing Chase’s banking network in the region. In 1982, he founded Investcorp.

Today, Investcorp has offices in London and New York, but its headquarters are in Bahrain. The firm has established itself as a respected conduit between the petrodollar-rich Gulf, and the financial capitals of the West. It boasts more than $13bn invested assets under management in private equity, hedge funds and real estate, and a private equity portfolio comprising 25 companies.

Mahmood Kooheji

Industry: Diversified

Designation: Chairman          

Enterprise: AJM Kooheji Group

Established in 1890, AJM Kooheji Group B.S.C (c) is one of the most renowned business powerhouses in Bahrain today. Having grown along with the economic growth of Bahrain, the Group has expanded its horizon not only in the traditional businesses but also in new international markets. The Group is currently headed by its Chairman, Mr. Mahmood Kooheji.

With over 120 years of existence, AJM Kooheji Group’s main lines of businesses are spread over trading, manufacturing, contracting, real estate and banking. The group currently has a vast spectrum of business units such as Digital Electronics & Home Appliances, Tires and Allied Business Division, Automotive Service Centers, Kooheji Marine Center, Furniture Manufacturing, Furniture Trading, Building Materials, Lifestyle and many others.

They also represent a broad range of global and local brands, including LG, Bridgestone, Yamaha, Kooheji Furnishings, Yanmar Boat Manufacturing Co., and Delmon Furniture Factory.

Today, with Mr. Mahmood Kooheji’s effective leadership, the AJM Kooheji Group B.S.C (c) continues to strengthen the foundation of the Company with a commitment to quality, excellent customer service and trustworthy work ethics.

Sameer Abdullah Nass

Industry: Diversified

Designation: Chairman

Enterprise: Nass The Group

Established in 1963 and headquartered in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Nass The Group is a diversified and dynamic industrial conglomerate and construction powerhouse. The Group encompasses 32 companies that are engaged primarily in contracting, manufacturing, marine services and related trading activities.

The company has expanded its reach beyond the borders of Bahrain to offer its innovative, turnkey solutions in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the U.A.E and Oman, where the Group is steadily gaining market share.

Nass The Group is currently chaired by Mr. Sameer Abdullah Nass. He began his career with his late father, Abdulla Ahmed Nass, after graduating Management and International Trade from California, USA. He witnessed the laying of the foundation of the first model city in Bahrain (Isa Town) and the Telecommunications buildings in Jabal Al Dukhan in the early 60s and 70s as a young apprentice.

Mr. Nass held several key positions from various distinguished councils in Bahrain such as the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, National Initiative for the Development of Agriculture, the US-Bahrain Business Council and a few more.

In early 2018, after a hard-fought election that excited unprecedented interest, Mr. Sameer Nass attained the Chairmanship position for the esteemed organization, Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), leading an 18-members council that will serve a term of four years.   

Akram Miknas

Industry: Media

Designation: Chairman

Enterprise: Middle East Communications Network (MCN is the parent of Fortune Promoseven)

Mr. Miknas showed an early interest in communication and was keenly involved with photography, acting and drama in school. By the time he was ready for higher studies, he was already certain he was going to make a career in communications.

In 1968, he and six more partners founded the company, Fortune Promoseven (FP7).

Today, Akram Miknas chairs the Middle East Communication Network (MCN), a group that handles several agency brands under its management including MullenLowe, Initiative, UM, Magna, and FP7, who is now managed by his son, Tarek Miknas.

MCN is regarded as one of the leading advertising and marketing communications agency networks in the MENA region. MCN is part of the Interpublic Group, a global leader in modern marketing solutions with 51,100 diverse and talented individuals.

An avid collector of antiques and objects d’art, his interests extend into mid-19th-century memorabilia as well as a remarkable collection of vintage and heritage cars.

For his contributions towards the growth of MCN and for his impact on the marketing and advertising industry, on the whole, Akram Miknas was named AM Person of the Year 2018 by the Arabian Marketer.

Dr. Tariq Saeed

Industry: Medical

Designation: Founder

Enterprise: Dr. Tariq Hospital

Dr. Tariq Saeed is a renowned Bahraini, Plastic, Aesthetic and Laser surgeon who has been in plastic surgery practice since 1983. He is widely recognized for his contribution to Bahrain’s medical sector specifically in the field of plastic surgery and laser dermatology.

He founded the Dr. Tariq Hospital, the first purpose-built hospital of its kind in the Middle East region to offers various plastic surgery and dermatological services under the name Dermaplast.

Dr. Tariq holds fellowships in surgery from both the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Edinburgh. He holds higher Fellowships in Plastic Surgery from Ireland and the University of Miami in the USA. He’s also an assistant professor of Surgery at the Arabian Gulf University in Bahrain and is an external examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Dr. Tariq is a founding member and past president of the GCC Association of Plastic Surgeons and also a founding member and the Past President of the Pan Arab Association of Burns & Plastic Surgery along with his membership of international medical societies including international membership of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and International Society of Aesthetic Surgery.

Salah Salahuddin

Industry: Automotive

Designation: Founder

Enterprise: SMS Design and Performance

Mr. Salah Salahuddin (Mohamed Salahuddin) is a highly accomplished Bahraini-racer, an automotive visionary and is the proud owner of Salah Mohammed Salahuddin (SMS) Design and Performance, one of the best firms in the region when it comes to car performance enhancement and customization. The quality of work that SMS Design and Performance produces exceeds the borders of Bahrain and has been highly recognized all throughout the Middle East.

 Mr. Salahuddin established SMS Design and Performance on the cornerstone of being a world-class performance shop, aiming to provide the Middle East with international standards of workmanship. Located in Sitra, SMS Design and Performance specializes in automotive solutions – engine build and tuning, customization, restoration, ground-up car build, painting or any high-end services required for racing, classic, supercars or just hobby cars.

Mohamed Salahuddin

Industry: Architectural and Engineering Design

Designation: Chairman and founder

Enterprise: Mohamed Salahuddin Consulting Engineering Bureau (MSCEB)

Mohamed Salahuddin Consulting Engineering Bureau (MSCEB) is a Bahraini firm, founded in 1970 by Mr. Mohamed Salahuddin himself, to provide professional services in the fields of architectural planning & design, engineering design, project coordination and management services. Over the past four decades, as Bahrain progressed, MSCEB evolved into a full-service, interdisciplinary architecture and engineering design firm. MSCEB has played a major role in the growth, planning, and design of the Kingdom’s buildings and infrastructure.

Having built up a reputation of offering quality and cost-effective services to clients, along with the dynamic and well-planned leadership of Mr. Salahuddin, MSCEB has accomplished many notable projects for big corporate names in Bahrain such as Arab Bank, Bahrain Islamic Bank, Movenpick Hotel, Regency Plaza, and a lot more.

Sager Shaheen

Industry: Diversified

Designation: Chairman

Enterprise: Shaheen Group

The Shaheen Group began as AWALCO in the Kingdom of Bahrain during 1958. As Bahrain entered a new age of modernity and economic achievement, the company simultaneously moved into the future, accompanied by its reputation for pro-active service and innovation.

Heading Shaheen Group is its dynamic Chairman, Mr. Sager Shaheen, who holds a vast amount of experience in the field of industrial manufacturing and development.

Today, over half a century since its inception, the Shaheen Group has consolidated its diverse strengths and operates a number of companies namely: Gypsum Products, Awal Products, Gulf Services and Shaheen Electromechanical.

Through Mr. Shaheen’s leadership, the Shaheen Group embodied the ambition to see into the future and beyond: anticipating customer needs, utilizing the latest technologies and integrating the expertise of their people in order to provide a wide array of top quality products and turn-key services.

Mr. Shaheen also held a number of directorship position from various firms like Hilti Bahrain, Abrasive Technology Industries Co, Asmak, Bahrain Industrial Group, and a few more.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University Of Miami in Florida, USA and a Master’s Degree in Industrial and System Engineering from San Jose State University, California, USA.

Dr. Abdul Qassim Abbas Shirazi and Abdul Majeed Abbas Shirazi

Industry: Jewellery and Automotive Retail

Designation: Managing Directors

Enterprise: Bahrain Jewellery Centre and Behbehani Brothers W.L.L.

Brothers, Dr. Abdul Qassim Abbas Shirazi and Abdul Majeed Abbas Shirazi are separately serving as Managing Directors for sister companies, Bahrain Jewelry Centre and Behbehani Brothers W.L.L. respectively.

Behbehani Brothers was founded in 1952 by the two families, Behbehani and Shirazi, with both Abdul Qassim and Abdul Majeed as founding members. Today, the company operates two divisions, Motors and Trading. The Motors Division represents top-class automotive brands like Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen, Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge. The Trading Division represents watches and jewellery with luxury brands such as Piaget, Omega, Vacheron Constantin, Baume & Mercier, Tissot as well as technical products.

Bahrain Jewellery Centre which was established in the 1978 has grown from a single small shop in the souq area in Manama to an exclusive dealer for the world’s most renowned Swiss watches, Italian Jewellery, leather goods, gift items and fashion ware.

The company now boasts 14 flagship stores across Bahrain. Highlights are the mono boutiques for Patek Philippe, Chopard and Omega. The most recent addition is the newly opened, multi-brand store at the pristine and luxurious Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa. Bahrain Jewellery Centre is also expected to inaugurate exclusive boutiques of Bvlgari and Tiffany in Jewellery Court at the Moda Mall.

Marwan Khalid TabarraIndustry: Consultancy

Designation: Managing Partner / Co-founder

Enterprise: Stratum W.L.L.

Mr. Marwan Tabbara co-founded Stratum and represents distinguished experience ina strategic and corporate advisory. He has advised the firm’s clients on projects both regionally and internationally and has supported the development and growth of a range of businesses.

Having previously worked in the Global Corporate & Investment Banking division of Citigroup in New York, London, and Bahrain, he has supported large private and public sector clients on transactions within the Middle East and internationally. He has also led a number of financial advisory engagements for clients in industries such as banking, energy, and telecommunications.

He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board and Audit Committee Member of Bahrain Bourse B.S.C. (c) (Bahrain’s national stock exchange), and as Board Member, Risk Committee Chairman, and Investment & Credit Committee Member of Bahrain Development Bank B.S.C. (c), and as Board Member and Investment Committee Member of publicly listed Bahrain Flour Mills Company
B.S.C. (Al-Matahin).

Mr. Tabbara holds a Masters of Engineering Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and Economics from Duke University in the U.S.

Sameer Uchi

Industry: Media and Publishing

Designation: Founder and CEO

Enterprise: MaxMedia Publishing Company

Mr. Sameer Uchi is the founder and CEO of MaxMedia Publishing Company, a first of its kind dynamic Bahraini publishing house, specializing in the production of specialty magazines that targets one of the largest reader segments within Bahrain and GCC countries. MaxMedia, established in 1999, is the proud publisher of several of the Kingdom’s highly esteemed magazines, like Arabia Motors, Arabian Homes, NineSevenThree, Business in Gulf and more.

Mr. Uchi started his entrepreneurial journey at a young age and has amassed a considerable amount of experience in starting up new businesses. He first forayed into the entrepreneurial world was in 1996 when he established Fumari Café in San Diego California, now one of the largest Shisha Tobacco suppliers in North America.

Keen to enter the digitally-based business segment, in 2016 he founded ‘bhpropertyportal.com’, a highly innovative platform that offers easy digital solutions for property searching in Bahrain and ‘bhautotrader.com’, one of the largest and fastest growing new and used cars portal in the country.

If you were to Google the name Sameer Uchi, you might wonder why Google has him listed as a TV Actor! That’s because Sameer Uchi along with his business partner Mohammed Kayani, both stared in their own international TV show. The 13-episode TV show called ‘Arabia Motors’ was bought in 2018 by the Digital media giant, Netflix and is currently aired all over the world, except the Middle East region.

The reality show which follows Sameer Uchi along with his partner Mohamed Kayani depicts what goes on behind the scene in creating Arabia Motors, now one of the most iconic automotive marketing brands in the world.

Mr. Sameer Uchi holds a bachelor degree in Business Management from San Diego State University, USA.

Jamil Wafa

Industry: Travel and Hospitality

Designation: Chairman

Enterprise: United International Agencies (UNITAG)

Founded in 1974 by Mr. Jamil Wafa, United International Agencies or ‘UNITAG’ is now been regarded as one of Bahrain’s most prominent conglomerates, with several high-profile infrastructure projects in its portfolio. UNITAG Group’s activities range from trading and travel to the supply of medical equipment and services. Other activities include consultancy, financial services and industrial caterers.

Since UNITAG’s establishment, Mr. Wafa has successfully guided the company to record revenues over almost four decades of unparalleled growth. He was also considered as one of the longest-serving board members of Bahrain Airport Services and has been actively involved with the establishment of the Marina Club, the Golf Club, the Five Star Hotel Committee, the creation of the association of the travel agents and is the founder and first president of the Skal Club of Bahrain.

He was instrumental in establishing the High Council for Tourism in 1986, the IAA (International Advertising Agency), and helped developed and coordinated the construction of the First anodised modern office building in Bahrain, Unitag House.

Qays Hatim Zu’bi

Industry: Legal

Designation: Senior Partner

Enterprise: Zu’bi & Partners

Mr. Qays Zubi has advised many private clients in Bahrain and the GCC on a wide range of local, regional and international legal matters. He has extensive experience advising clients doing business in Bahrain and in other Gulf countries. He is currently involved in advising clients in a litigation case in the USA and the UK, and is involved in advising local clients with respect to their assets in France and Azerbaijan. He joined the law offices of Hatim S. Zu’bi & Partners in Bahrain in 1981, and went on to become a Partner.

As a natural progression of his career path, following his knowledge of and experience in the laws of Bahrain and the GCC region, Mr. Qays Zubi established Qays H. Zu’bi Attorneys & Legal Consultants in 2001, building it into a market leader both in Bahrain and throughout the region. 

Recognized by many international legal publications, Mr. Zubi took the step to merge his law practice into his father’s, Hatim S. Zu’bi & Partners, whereupon today he serves as the Senior Partner of the merged firm known as Zu’bi & Partners. The firm is local but international as it represents over 650 clients worldwide the majority of which are high net worth individuals, multi-national corporations, construction and engineering companies, international banks, and governments. Many come from the United States, Europe, and the Far East.  The firm is involved in most infrastructure projects in Bahrain, industrial projects and financial deals. Today, it is the first choice for many international law firms who engage its services on local matters and opinions.

Mr. Qays Zubi holds a law degree from the University of Cambridge in the UK. He also holds a degree in Economics and Political
Science from Duke University in the USA. He is a licensed litigator and is an arbitrator of the GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre and a licensed lawyer and legal consultant in Bahrain and in Dubai, UAE.

We the Business in Gulf team tried our best to gather the best, latest and most relevant information for compiling this list. We believe we included everybody, accurately and diligently. However, we are not perfect, as such, for any corrections, feel free to contact our editorial team as we are open to any amendments and for us to improve our list for the next year’s Businessmen issue.

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