Just a few weeks ago, the family signed a deal with Aramco to extend by eight years its transportation contract. Doing such great deals is nothing new: originally founded by Sheikh Abdel Hadi Abdullah Al Qahtani in the 1940s as a wholesaler and supplier of food products and materials, the Abdel Hadi Abdullah Al Qahtani Group of Companies has been expanded to cover various activities, and considered to be one of the largest and most reputable privately owned companies in Saudi Arabia with excellent relationships in both government and commercial sectors.
Its chairman, Tariq Abdel Hadi Al Qahtani, has grown and diversified the company into supplying other industries including petrochemicals and the oil and gas sectors.
As the need grew for local manufacturing and local products, the group diversified its activities in the 1950s to include manufacturing, contracting and services.
Other sectors targeted by the group include insurance, travel, tourism, transportation and custom clearance.
In the 1970s, in a bid to diversify its investment portfolio outside its headquarters in Dammam, the group established an office in Texas, USA, and it has subsequently established other offices in Europe and other major international locations.