After an early start in television as a presenter at Oman TV, Jaifar Akbar Jaffar al Khabouri obtained a degree in marketing from the Modern College of Business & Science in Oman in 2011. After working for Bank Sohar and Omantel, Jaifar founded Bindera Village in 2015, which aims to showcase SMEs from around the GCC through exhibitions.
Q: What drives you to success?
There are quite a few factors that help drive me forward. Firstly, it is the passion and talent that I have, which helps me achieve my dreams. Secondly, I believe in self-confidence. This helps me realise my value in society. Thirdly, I believe in leadership and motivation. Without this, you will not be able to make a move forward. Lastly, you will need to do research. A part of why the Bindera Village is present today is because I was able to understand the need for such an institution.
Q: Who or what has been your inspiration?
I would like to say that I belong to a very ambitious family, and that always motivates me. At the same time, however, anybody who has succeeded in achieving his or her dreams have inspired me in some way or the other. I see a lot of Omanis also going abroad to map their future and succeeding in doing so as well. That inspires me too. I also draw a lot of inspiration from my friends, and take a lot of advice from them.
Q: What is your biggest career success to date?
All the careers I have opted for have provided me with certain crucial experience. My time with Bank Sohar and Omantel, as well as my days in digital media with Oman TV have all been integral to my success. So I still relish those days, and I would like to think that those days were the stepping stones to my success.
Q: What are your career goals?
My career goal would be to work for a new organisation. I would like to bring my own experience there, and provide them with a solid footing in the country. Of course, recently, I also established my own company, Bindera Village, with my partner, last year. I would like it to become the largest events company in the entire Middle East, and we are striving to achieve that.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
My dream has always been to support the youth of Oman. I myself was taken on as a television broadcaster when I was at school, and I would like more people to receive such opportunities. So I would like to help bring on the next generation. Apart from that, I am also hoping to become one of the leading members on the media scene.
Q: What do you like about the Genesis, the premium series of Hyundai Motor Company?
The Genesis is a great car to transport you in style, irrespective of whether it is to an important business meeting or just a weekend getaway. It is extremely easy to handle on the road, very comfortable and also comes with technology that can easily match that of the best luxury cars in the market. I enjoyed my drive in this remarkable machine and would heartily recommend this as a luxury sedan that combines style with versatility.