After finishing school in 1997, Abdul Karim al Balushi went to work for Group 4 Securitas, a sub-contractor for Halliburton. In 2002, he worked for the parent company itself before moving into the hospitality industry. In 2004, he joined Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel as a telephone operator and now works as their senior sales manager.
Q: What drives you to success?
I believe that one of the most important keys towards attaining success is having the right kind of leader to guide you in your path. He or she can not only motivate you to keep moving forward but also inspire you to achieve goals that you set for yourself. In my case, I would also like to commend my family for pushing and encouraging me to attain success.
Q: Who or what has been your inspiration in your career?
I don’t think I have a role model as such. However, I have received a lot of motivation from my seniors and other colleagues. One person who has always stood by my side and persuaded me to set my goals and priorities in the right direction is my friend, Issam al Jamali, who is a hardworking man himself – and I have learned a lot from him over the years.
Q: What is your biggest career success to date?
I think working in His Majesty’s palace as the senior sales manager is something I take a lot of pride in. Without a doubt, that has to be my greatest success to date.
Q: What are your career goals?
Everybody has goals in life. For me, I set two targets in mind when I started with the sales division: in the short term, I wanted to run sales and marketing and in the long term it is to run the hotel. Thankfully, I have already attained my first goal, and I am currently striving to achieve my next goal.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
I would strive to achieve the position of directing the department of sales and marketing. However, if I work hard enough, I know that I can be the general manager of the hotel.
Q: What do you like about the Genesis?
I think that the Genesis is a beautiful car with a lot of grace and elegance. It rides extremely smoothly on the highways and, therefore, I believe that this will be a car that is perfect for long journeys. The technology that has been fitted to this car is also something that I really grew to enjoy – and the kind of interior space and the technology makes the Genesis one of the best sedans in the market in my opinion. I would definitely recommend this car to my friends and family members, and I cannot even think of one aspect where the Genesis falls short.