Graduating from Sultan Qaboos University’s College of Commerce and Economy, Khalid al Habsi worked for Oman Oil Marketing Company, Shell Development Oman and the Information Technology Authority before establishing Taskeen Properties, a development and investment company, in 2013. He talks about his career while taking the new Genesis for a ride
Q: What drives you to success?
In 2009, I started to notice that most property development projects in Oman were of a very low standard when it comes to the design and the quality of the building itself. My main motivation is to raise the quality of buildings in Muscat and I am constantly trying to improve this standard.
Q: Who or what has been your inspiration in your career?
My inspiration comes from my clients. Every time I deliver a project and a client likes it, they will advise others to work with me. Building a villa is a life project for people and when they are really happy, their stories inspire me.
Q: What is your biggest career success to date?
My biggest achievement was winning an SME award that was set up in His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said’s name. We won the Best Small Company in the Service Sector in Oman in the second edition of the award in 2015. When they announced Taskeen Properties, I honestly couldn’t believe it. It was a very nice to be recognised amongst almost 400 companies that had participated in this award.
Q: What are your career goals?
When people talk of houses and villas, I want them to think of Taskeen immediately. My plan is for Taskeen to be the best property development company for the middles class in Oman when it comes to the quality and design of villas.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
My plan in the next five years to 10 years is to undertake initiatives to help develop society. I believe that society provides for us and we need to give back. Right now, I am building Taskeen and once it has become a big company, then I can free myself to carry out socially responsible activities like developing schools and helping poor people. I believe if we invest in the youth in a systematic way we will create successful people in our society.
Q: What do you think of the Genesis, the premium series of Hyundai Motor Company?
This was my first experience with the Genesis and it has left me very impressed. The car is energetic, both in its looks and driving dynamics. From inside, it pampers its occupants with luxury and its safety technology is top class. Having experienced this car now, I would highly recommend it to my friends and family, and to all enthusiasts who seek a modern machine that looks good and drives great.