see our vision & mission 4.) Dr Mohammed Saleh Abdulla Al Sada is the minister of energy and industry of Qatar as well as managing director and chairman of the board at Qatar Petroleum. His belief in customer service shaped his business ventures in … In the 70s, they were especially known for supporting the idea of their daughters studying abroad, and today a lot of the Al-Kuwari women too are as actively involved as the men. Our analysis of 134 Al-Thani marriages shows Al-Attiyahs have often married into the ruling family, which can be seen most prominently with the Father Emir’s mother being an Al-Attiyah – and they have especially held positions of power in the country’s defence and security sectors, but less so in the economic and business spheres. That percentage stays the same even when the per board seat value is looked at – as in the market capitalization of a listed company divided by the number of board seats. Al Mana was born on 1st January 1975 in Qatar, but moved to the United Kingdom after two years along with the family. Further on, the family has always held a ministerial position since 1996, currently by Ali Sherif Al-Emadi leading the Ministry of Finance, in addition to being the chairman of QNB, Qatari Diar and appearing on the boards of QIA, Ooredoo, Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Foundation and Sidra Hospital among others. The Shura council serves as a good representation of notable families in Qatar as well as large tribes. For the Al Mana family and their multitude of companies, such a grand declaration does seem feasible when taken in context, especially hearing Wissam detail the scope and breadth of the extended scheme. ACS provides IT products, consulting and technical services to more than 200 customers in Doha. There's no rule that I can't do this because my brother is. She also works as director of the Al-Mana General Hospitals and the Mohammad al-Mana College of Health Sciences, and is a board member of Ebrahim M. Almana and Brothers. The family were raised in The Al Jassra area of Qatar which is now The famous Souk Waqif. It's a luxury. 1998 - Redco Al Mana. Aziz Aluthman Fakhroo is the director of the State Budget at the Ministry of Finance and seats on the boards of Ooredoo and Canary Wharf among numerous others. Janet Jackson is a master of secrecy. One of its most prominent members is Mohammed Nasser Al-Hajiri, the vice chairman of Industries Qatar as well as a board member of Woqod and QFB. Let the business resources in our guide inspire you and help you achieve your goals in 2021. I wanted to know more about this hybrid Qatari who gives off dueling energies of a hands-on businessman attending his own events --less in a ribbon-cutting capacity and more in a hands-on ownership type of scenario- and a harangued privacy-seeking international figure of interest. Eissa Al Mana Family. I do most of the business development. There's a certain culture in Saudi Arabia that is somewhat different from the rest of the GCC, and that has to be respected." The reality is that's very poor journalism." AL MANA GROUP. Amal Issa Al Mohannadi, a candidate in two of Qatar’s Central Municipal Council elections, was among the candidates who called for a quota for women contesting in the country’s only directly elected body. In addition to first hand knowledge, the following indicators have been taken into account when compiling this list. I don't even have WhatsApp! Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani (Tamim’s brother) and the PM and Interior Minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani also sit on the board of SC. It turns out that her marriage to the Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana, 45, was also full of pain and heartbreak. In the only index that is included in our report, but hasn’t been compiled by us, the Mohannadis come on top as the most represented family in Arabian Business’ Qatar Power 50 ranking. There are a lot of opportunities especially for entrepreneurs; they can benefit from the favorable factors like no taxes and so on." Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana Co. is proud to be able to offer vehicles to suit every need, and their Pre-Owned vehicles provide the perfect solution for customers who are looking for high-quality vehicles for a reasonable price. But talk about that he does, that and so much more... Like how it feels to be in a PR catastrophe: "People want to take advantage of you, because all of a sudden you're famous, and you're in the headlines and it's easy to get that attention." While I understand that his public appearances could fall under the do-what-you-gotta-do scenario, I wanted to hear Al Mana tell me for himself- about his work, his life, and yes, about the sensations of both privacy and unorthodoxy in whatever (serious) press coverage there is about him. Janet Jackson's husband is a self-made businessman worth a staggering $1 billion. At MANA Family Medicine, a MANA Clinic, we provide comprehensive health care for you and your family. Wissam Al Mana is Qatari-born retail entrepreneur and he is the executive director of the Al Mana Retail Group. in 8 countries and employing over 3500 personnel. The charismatic Qatari businessman, smiling down at me from his six ft. plus height, for some reason decides that I'm not overly crass for cornering him at an event (a bit of a media no-no), and takes me seriously enough that he agrees to a private sit down on-record later in the week. Over time, like anything in life, you find ways to master it and you learn how to do that." Mohammed Bin Mubarak Al-Khulaifi for example is the Speaker of Qatar’s Advisory (Shura) Council, a body which in accordance to the country’s constitution is supposed to be two-thirds elected and one-third appointed by the Emir. Founded in 1960, the Almana Group has emerged as one of the most prominent and leading conglomerates in Qatar. The society is near to be sold to a Qatari investor. Some of the individuals from the Al-Thani family can be found on as many as four different boards: -Abdullah Bin Thani Bin Abdulla Al-Thani: QIIB, QIIC, Ezdan and Medicare. BIOGRAPHY Abdulaziz Mohammed Hamad Al Mana is the Chief Executive Officer of Al Mana Real Estate, a division of Mohammed Hamad Al Mana Group. Her family was also stunned to hear the news. Meanwhile Rashid Misfer Al-Hajri seats on the board of QNB. Other prominent Al-Kuwaris in the limelight today include Ghaith bin Mubarak Al-Kuwari, Minister of Endowments (Awqaf) and Islamic Affairs; Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari, Qatar’s ambassador to the United States; Mohammed Al Kuwari, ambassador to Spain; Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kawari, cultural adviser at the Emiri Diwan and Qatar’s candidate for the Director-General post at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation; Khalifa Jassim Al-Kuwari, formerly the COO of Qatar Investment Authority and its subsidiary, Qatar Holding, currently general manager of the Qatar Development Fund; Deputy Speaker of the Advisory (Shura) Council, Issa bin Rabia Al Kuwari; and Dr Ali Khalifa Al-Kuwari, democracy activist, professor and author of the notable The People Want Reform in Qatar, Too. His descendants expanded the business over the years and today it also includes The Gritti Palace in Venice in its portfolio. Ahmed Abdul Rahman Yousuf Obaidan Fakhroo is the vice chairman of Doha Bank. Al Mana and his brothers have all spent time in various Western countries, giving them an advantageous edge: They can see what others may miss in terms of globalization and East-West integrations. While F&B is not a large part of the Al Mana portfolio, their business is growing in that direction. If something is the best in its field, its nice to have." "It was my decision to be honest, I'm the one who is developing this division of the group. Further on Jassim Seif Ahmed Al Sulaiti is the vice chairman of Qatar Rail and the current Minister of Transport and Communications, marking the family’s fairly recent entrance into the world of top level politics. The family is now also closely connected to the ruling family through the marriage of Anoud bint Mana Al Hajri to Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani. They looked at me and they all smiled, and I'm like, 'But you know we just started...'" Al Mana laughs with me here as I goad him about such an ambitious statement, but then again why not? We specialize in compassionate care for children, adults, and seniors. The family founded some of Qatar’s biggest companies – Mohammed Abdul Latif Almana & Bros (Almana & Partners); Mohammed Hamad Al Mana; Saleh Hamad Al Mana; Almana group (Omar Hamad Al Mana) in the 50s and 60s with business interests in every major sector from automotive to FMCG and industrial. It's in our blood, we're merchants. The family found itself for the first time in the world of high politics with Issa Saad Al-Jafali Al-Nuaimi being appointed as the Minister of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs when Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani first reshuffled the cabinet in 2013. Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah is the chairman of Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy & Sustainable Development. Mansoor Ebrahim Al-Mahmoud is the CEO of Qatar Museums and seats on the board of directors of QNB, Qatari Diar and Hassad Food Company. -Khalid Bin Thani Bin Abdallah Al-Thani: QIIB, Alijarah, Ezdan and Medicare. The Darwish Group of companies consolidated by brothers Abdullah, Jassem (Kassem) and Abdul Rahman in the 20s and 30s are run by their heirs (after having been divided amongst them) today and famously known as Darwish Holding and Darwish Trading Company. It's really that simple- I thought it was the right decision to take. So, what the historical trend could potentially point to is that the need for direct allocations of power by the Emir to the rest of his tribe has been decreasing, pointing to a stronger and more consolidated role of the Emir. It's a bit like playing a game where you've been playing it for many years, and you need to raise the level," he adds, likening it to a digital chess game, upping the ante and the level of difficulty. "You can ask me anything you want; I'm very opinionated... except about my private life. Aisha al-Mana is a Saudi activist and feminist who has participated both in demonstrations against the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia and in the anti male-guardianship campaign. And as for the brands who don't want to localize? Pop star Janet Jackson, 54, has been through a few rough years since losing her brother Michael Jackson. He has learned how to master many things if my hour- and-a-half long conversation is any indicator, including time management. Representation of families in the Shura Council The family eventually provided successive imperial portraitists in the following years. I've fast forwarded to a few days later, and at this point I'm seated with Al Mana in a well-lit room at the Ritz-Carlton Dubai, and he's much more frank than I expect. Further on Mr. Al-Suwaidi is the MD/CEO of Qatar Fertiliser Company (QAFCO) and a member of National Human Rights Committee (NHRC). "My late father was the agent for Nissan, he was one of the first to bring vehicles to the region. He surprises me by bringing up his personal life, and the lack thereof when discussing paparazzi coverage and the internet. Al Mana Group and Executive Director of Al Sharq Investment LLC. Established as a trading house in 1960, Almana Group has evolved into one of Qatar's leading business enterprises, growing with and contributing to the meteoric development of Qatar. The new owner will acquire the 51% of Parma by paying 63 millions in five years. We've tried the 'most brands' way, and it doesn't work because you end up in these situation where 20% of your brands make up 80% of your profits, the 80-20 rule." This can be seen above with the two older brothers appearing on almost the same boards. A further seven individuals are Board Members of three different listed companies: Ali Bin Ghanim Bin Ali Al-Thani, Faisal Bin Thani Bin Faisal Al-Thani, Hamad Bin Faisal Bin Thani Al-Thani, Khalid Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Mohammed bin Thani Bin Abdulla Al-Thani, Saoud bin Khalid bin Hamad Al-Thani and Turki Bin Khaled Al-Thani. Dr Hanan Mohamed Al-Kuwari is the Minister of Public Health, managing director of Hamad Medical Corporation, the main national provider of hospital care in the country and sits on the board of Sidra Hospital. Al-Darwish, Al-Othman, Al-Obaidans and Al-Hassan are all part of the Fakhroo family. According to a 1890 British report, the Al-Nuaimis were one of the most powerful tribes in Qatar at the time and are today the ruling family of Ajman in the UAE. Prominent among them are Minister of Justice, Dr Hassan Lahdan Saqr Al-Mohannadi; Dr Saad bin Ahmed bin Ibrahim Al Mohannadi, president of Qatar Public Works Authority (Ashghal) and former CEO of Qatar Rail; Saad Ebrahim Al Muhannadi, who has served as the president of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) since September 2013, was appointed as a lifetime member on QF’s board of directors in 2016; Hamad Mubarak Al Muhannadi, CEO of RasGas Company Limited; and Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi, chairman of Qatar Tourism Authority. They approached me and asked for help, offered a majority stake to manage and turn the business around. "One of the cultural restraints I'm finding is that we don't want to work or deal with alcohol for cultural and religious reasons. Fatma Al-Kuwari was one of the first two women to be elected into Qatar’s only directly elected body, the Central Municipal Council. Salem Bin Butti Al-Naimi is the chairman and MD of Qatar National Cement Company and Qatar Shipping Company and deputy chairman of Alijarah. The Fakhroo family (Banu Tamim) are among the oldest business families in Qatar. However, we need to keep in mind that all power struggles which resulted in the change of the Emir have happened in-house, be it a son overthrowing the father, a father being forced into abdication or a change between two first cousins. The fact that we have this cross-cultured approach, we've managed to understand cultures across West-East. I think that's actually a key to our success. Sherida was at one point one of the most (critically) outspoken businessmen in the Qatar Chamber and was constantly featured in the Arabic media. ", The group recently secured noted Italian gelato-purveyor Grom and eventually "decided to purchase shares in the mother company itself, because we feel that they have a lot of potential internationally and in wholesale and in other areas." You're reading Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media. He is now in the news because the couple is now expecting their first child. Because people want to be negative about you, it's like, 'Okay, let's pick on him today,'" he says gesturing, and I tend to agree after researching the existing articles written about him, even by regional media. The tribe used to hold ministerial positions between 1996 and 2013 when Ahmed bin Abdullah Al-Marri headed the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, until Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani became the Emir. Among its many prominent members, the most recognizable world over is of course Wissam Al-Mana, the executive director of Al Mana Group and husband of Janet Jackson. The Al-Mohannadis (also spelt Muhannadi), who ruled Al-Khor before Qatar’s independence, are very active today in Qatar’s business arena, occupying prominent positions both in the government and private sectors. To begin with, his official work position with the Al Mana family group of companies is confusingly reported in many different ways -- when I meet him, it's in his capacity as the Managing Director of Hermés Middle East, one of the brands encompassed in the mammoth and diverse family portfolio that includes everything from automotives to F&B. Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid Al-Mahmoud is currently the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, while his daughter Shaikha bint Ahmed al Mahmoud was the first ever woman to be appointed a minister in any Gulf State. Wissam Al Mana: Early Life, Childhood, and Education. However in the case of Qatar, this is not as simple and goes well beyond straightforward wealth distribution, as most strongly argued by Jocelyn Sage Mitchell in her outstanding dissertation Beyond Allocation: The Politics of Legitimacy in Qatar. Formerly, he was president of the Qatar Administrative Control and Transparency Authority, Minister of Energy and Industry and chairman and managing director of Qatar Petroleum, before being entrusted with the additional responsibility of Second Deputy Prime Minister in 2003. "Time is like a very good friend who you don't see very often," he observes almost to himself. He co-owns Al Mana Group with his brothers Hisham Saleh Al Mana and Kamal Saleh Al Mana after the company was founded by their father. The Al-Mannai are another prominent old business family in Qatar, which was historicaly based in the village of Abu Dhalouf. Kamal Saleh Al Mana is Managing Director of S.H. "I spend time with my wife. "I don't have Facebook, I don't have Twitter. His opinion of the melee surrounding the controversial sporting event? A further important figure is Sultan Rashid Al-Khater who seats on the board of Qatar Central Bank. Truth be told the SC’s Secretary General is Hassan Al-Thawadi, however its managing director is Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Emir’s brother. In addition to the already mentioned positions and representations, Qatar Investment Authority, The Ministry of Economy and Trade (Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani is also the vice chairman of Qatar Petroleum) and The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy are among yet another long list of powerful institutions headed by the Al-Thani family/tribe. Further on, in eight listed companies the family holds over 50% of board seats. We're planning on entering the Saudi market in 2015, so we're laying the foundations for that. Abdulaziz Al Mana manages an impressive portfolio worth QAR15 billion and has been credited for substantially expanding the real estate arm of the Group. It doesn't really work. We've been very cautious about how to enter the market because we know of other groups who've entered and failed. 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