By Gavin Gibbon
Jackson was giving a keynote address at the Arabian Business Start-up Forum
Serial entrepreneur Omar Jackson has described Dubai as the land of ‘opportunity’ and admitted he has no immediate intention of returning to his native United Kingdom.
Jackson, a partner at private equity firm Berkeley Assets, was giving a keynote address at the annual Arabian Business Start-up Forum at the Waldorf Astoria The Palm.
Jackson said: “Dubai has its pros and its cons like anywhere. It’s challenging. There’s a growing amount of competition to a limited audience. We don’t have a big enough audience like we do in London or in the UK or elsewhere, but what we do have is opportunity and I think you do have a ground to learn from.
“It’s a great place to really develop your skills and learn from your mistakes.”
Jackson revealed his entrepreneurial spirit was launched at the tender age of 13 when he started baking cupcakes at home and selling them to teachers and classmates at school.
He progressed to setting up an e-smoking business when vaping was just in its infancy and, by the age of 28 was a millionaire.
And he moved to Dubai eight years ago, where he is more than happy to now call home.
He said: “There’s so much positivity and I think that’s been essential for me. People say to me, are you going to move back to the UK, and I say I don’t think so because my mindset that has got me as far as it’s got and will take me further, has been borne, or partly borne out of living here.
“The mindset of society is so important. In the UK it can be quite dampening at times. You can be at the traffic lights in a nice car and you’ll be getting all manner of signs and fingers from the van next to me.
“It can be quite negative and trying to put you down.
“Here I see it a bit more like the States where they try and elevate you, people congratulate success. Young people come ask how you did it and what you did, rather than trying to put you down which is nice and comforting.”