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After gaining an MBA in the UK, Shatha Mohammed Redha al Saleh started her career at Shell Oman Marketing and later moved to the National Bank of Oman, where she now works as a marketing manager. She now also co-owns Cloud9-The Bake Studio, which can be found on Bausher Street, opposite Muscat Private Hospital.
Q: What drives you to success?
I always motivate myself to be successful in my life, which is very important, and we should be focused, innovative and creative in what we do. We should think out of the box and it should be unique so that we can become successful in life. If you want to stand out and shine in this competitive world, you should be unique. I think these things drive me to be successful.
Q: Who or what has been your inspiration in your career?
When it comes to my career perspective, my family and my business partner are my inspiration. In terms of business, it is none other than Steve Jobs. The way he started from a small garage in a friend’s house reminds me of myself starting from a small kitchen in a house. From a small garage, Steve Jobs came up with Apple and we all know what Apple is. We can identify the brand just by looking at the logo. I want my brand Cloud9 to reach out in the same way. People should identify my brand just by looking at my logo.
Q: What is your biggest career success to date?
Starting a business has been my biggest success so far in my career. It has meant sleepless nights for me. My partner, Nadiya Khan, and I focused a lot and worked very hard to achieve our goal. We tried to use our 24 hours to make it possible, and our true dedication and commitment has made our business a success.
Q: What are your career goals?
My ultimate goal is that someone approaches us asking to franchise Cloud9. We want to see Cloud9 flying like a jet aircraft. We are looking to open more branches locally and internationally. As part of our local expansion, we are planning to open more branches in the Muscat Governorate. Our next few branches will definitely be within Oman, but we are setting our eyes on the international market, too.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
I want to relax on a beach in the Maldives in the knowledge that Cloud9 is doing amazingly well, both locally and internationally.
Q: What do you like about the Genesis, the premium series of Hyundai Motor Company?
The Genesis provides its passengers with a smooth and sophisticated ride and everything, from the dashboard to the tail lamps, speak of sophistication and refinement. Moreover, it is also robust and comfortable, and meets all the expectations from a premium vehicle. I loved the heads up display and find it to be an extremely useful feature. Also, the blind spot detection is another safety feature that demands mention because it will keep occupants safe and protected in uncertain traffic conditions. Overall, the Genesis is a luxury car that leaves most others behind and I look forward to more time with this fabulous machine.