Company: Lobo Tailors
It’s hard to believe that Mushtaq Shaikh only had 300 rupees – equal to AED19 today – in his pocket when he first landed in Dubai as a teenager in the 1960s. Today, the tailor has an 8,000 sq ft factory next to Dubai International Airport, where he makes clothes for around 35 international airlines, including Emirates, as well as corporations such as Al Tayer Motors.
More impressively, perhaps, his other clientele include a number of former cricket stars including the likes of Ian Botham and Imran Khan.
Shaikh’s story is, indeed, a genuine rags-to-riches tale, as the founder initially slept on the streets – and sometimes inside dhows – when he arrived in the city by boat. His first job? Working at a construction site.
But his days of scrabbling for work opportunities are over, as he now employs over 100 workers at his factory alone. Even more notable is his abstention from using any advertising to advance his business, relying solely on word of mouth.
His bespoke tailoring services cater to both men and women.