By the time he was 25, Jawad Boushahri had already achieved enough to ensure he would leave a indelible mark on Kuwait as one of the nation’s foremost artists. Fate had determined, however, that he would need to seek out another career, and it was fate’s intervention that set him on the path to what we see as today’s Boushahri Group. Now, approaching the end of his 70th year, Boushahri remains actively involved amongst Kuwait’s art community and retains a gentle hand in navigating the future course of his company.
Kuwait’s progress over the past fifty years has been rapid, and the Kuwait that Jawad Boushahri was born into in 1943 was markedly different to the one we live in today.
It was a changed that occurred in a jump. “We have a completely different country to the one I was born into. Those who are today in their 30s certainly have no connection to Kuwait of the 1950s, and even those who were around then no longer talk about the time”, Boushahri says.
Now in its 10th year the Sheikh Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah Informatics Award was established with the aim of encouraging the development of an integrated and sophisticated information technology network in Kuwait and the Arab world. Held annually every year since 2001 it is today the Arab world’s richest informatics award offering a prize fund of KD100,000 (US$370,000).
Whilst his business acumen and commercial success are unquestioned and widely-known, here, in an intensely personal quest Hassan Almosawi, the grandson of Zaid Al-Kazemi, fulfills his search to learn more about his illustrious grandfather while in conversation with Adnan Al-Kazemi.
The Behbehani family is known, in Kuwait and the world, for their passion for watches. Meet Mr. Abbas Behbehani, world renowned watch collector, and find out how he developed his passion for collecting world-class watches and how he became an avid collector of Jaeger LeCoultre wristwatches and clocks.
We couldn’t find a more appropriate title for the late Essa Al-Yousifi than his son Adel coined in his book about his father’s journey that led Al-Yousifi to where it is today; if the father was kind his son is the fruit of that kindness. Mr. Adel Essa Al-Yousifi defines humbleness in every way, he never goes a minute without a smile on his face, and for him charity is as important as eating and drinking. We had the pleasure to meet with him and learn some of his formulas for success.
A quote once said by a man whose story began with a letter 75 years ago when he was a student receiving his education in both English and Arabic languages at the hands of senior professors. An idea came to his mind to send a letter to the Swiss Watch company “Omega” asking them to provide him with a watch, he then sold it and with the money he bought the second then the third until he became their agent. Today, his business covers more than one hundred agencies with various commodities under its umbrella in addition to his undeniable presence in the commercial and investments worlds.
Since the 1960s, Kuwait has witnessed a major renaissance in all fields of life - and many women have had a prominent role in it. They have engaged in all areas and fields and broken all previous traditions and restrictions. They were no less ambitious or successful than men; they have worked with men side by side throughout.