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Entrepreneurs of The Week: Omar Al-Busaidy and Khalid Al Ameri, Global Possibilities

Emiratis have delivered numerous talks to the local youth on how to live a better life, give back to their communities

Entrepreneurs of The Week: Omar Al-Busaidy and Khalid Al Ameri, Global Possibilities

Each of the entrepreneurs we’ve decided to commend this week have delivered numerous talks to the local youth on how to live a better life, awaken and strengthen an entrepreneur within themselves, and give back to their communities.

Omar Al-Busaidy, an Emirati entrepreneur, motivational speaker and author, and Khalid Al Ameri, an Emirati opinion writer and social commentator on issues in the Arab world related to employment, entrepreneurship and social development, have decided to join forces.

Global Possibilities, a start-up they’ve just set up, is based on a mission to empower youth, students and entrepreneurs with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to create a unique UAE work culture.

A Stanford MBA, Al Ameri’s experience includes sailing on oil tankers and gas carriers, working on investment projects at Mubadala Development Company, co-founding a food and beverage start-up in Abu Dhabi, mentoring budding entrepreneurs at Flat6Labs, being a Careem Captain, inspiring people with his regular blog posts and the upcoming publication of his first book.

No less engaging, Al Busaidy has balanced a successful career in the public sector with his entrepreneurial work, becoming one of 26 Abu Dhabi Global Shapers with the World Economic Forum, and publishing 'Just Read It', a self-help guide to personal and professional development.

Drawing on the wealth of their fruitful careers and eager to offer more to young people across the region, the two Emiratis are now planning to hold regular seminars and workshops on building a business in the UAE, understanding the local market and its culture, utilising the power of networks, and much more, making them worthy recipients of this week's accolade.

Do you know an entrepreneur who deserves to be our Entrepreneur of the Week? Please send your nominations to neil.king@itp.com and tamara.pupic@itp.com

For information, tips and advice on setting up a new business or insights from those who have taken the leap into the world of entrepreneurship, click on the Arabian Business StartUp section.

For information, tips and advice on setting up a new business or insights from those who have taken the leap into the world of entrepreneurship, click on the Arabian Business StartUp section.

 

Mike 3 years ago

Uh.. Entrepreneurs "do" things. These two just "talk". Sure, it's "inspirational" and "motivating" but what do they actually do? What do they deliver on? A self-help book and a deli catering to people earning no less than AED 40,000 monthly is not entrepreneurial. Starting a business with comfortable financing is not entrepreneurial.

Timmothy 3 years ago

ArabianBusiness needs to start looking for business that add value (product or service). The Arab start-up space seems to be full with hallow and fluffy ideas. I was hoping to see someone who has built a product, started a small factory, solved an environmental problem, improved efficiency, cut waste, ....etc. Keep on with the photo ops.

khalid 3 years ago

i have also noticed many so called 'Entrepreneurs' are only 'Instagram-perneurs'

Tarek 3 years ago

I hope we could work together Muslims in Europe and Arabian country . If you are interested to build future together then
please let me know..
one day it will happen inchala !

Emile Jouzy Mr 3 years ago

Omar heartiest congratulations How wonderful to see your
Face looking at us on the screen - You do deserve it - not very many people I met in my life can match what I experienced as coming from You not to forget Khaled as well I strongly feel YOU BOTH ADOPTED TO FOLLOW THE SPIRIT OF THE FOUNDER OF THE UAE
THE LATE SHEIKH ZAYED ALLAH YERHAMO Heartiest Congratulations keep it up Emile

Kary 2 years ago

@Mike + @ Timmothy: I completely agree with you both. Entrepreneurship is more than just talking and putting yourself "out there". being an entrepreneur is not about starting a business, it's a way of being. Its really frustrating to see people who just seem to "pop-up" and claim to be expert in a particular field and then think they are qualified to preach their useless mantra, which quite frankly doesn't make any sense. Perhaps we need to expand our definition of entrepreneurs, particularly as we shift from the employee based model to the innovative, creative model of the 21st century. There is an inherent risk involved in being an entrepreneur and required vision. You also need to be resilient and astute in business and people management. Opening one business does not make you an expert. Take it from someone who has been "entreprenuering" for the past 19 years, since the age of 16 ;-)