At the Arabian Business Achievement Awards, the ruler of Ras Al khaimah, His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, said: "As Sheikh Zayed once said, 'Wealth is not money. Wealth lies in men. This is where true power lies, the power we value.'"
On any other evening it would have been hard to top our other winners, who are all highly successful in their various fields. But what really impressed was their dedication to help others follow their lead.
Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair wants to change the entire nature of philanthropy in the region. Jassim Alseddiqi isn’t just content with running investment giant ADFG, but is also helping foster the next generation of start-ups.
Shaji Ul Mulk chairs the Mulk Foundation, which is active in the UAE and India. NMC Healthcare and UAE Exchange, under Prasanth and Promoth Manghat respectively, have highly active CSR programmes that seek to support the communities in which their services operate.
Meanwhile, Fadi Ghandour has sold two companies – Aramex and Maktoob – for millions and could be enjoying a gilded retirement, but instead chooses to help the next generation of start-ups via Wamda Capital.
And last but not the least, Habib Al Mulla has helped draft many of the UAE’s progressive legal measures.
In this edition of Inside AB, Lubna Hamdan and Shayan Shakeel look at the values driving the UAE's top business leaders to give back to the communities that allowed them to prosper.
(Source: Arabianbusiness.com YouTube channel)