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Driven to Success with Badar Nasser al Ghailani

After obtaining a degree in nursing from the University of Sydney and an advanced post-grad degree in intensive care, Badar Nasser al Ghailani began working at the Sultan Qaboos University Hospital. Today, the 35-year-old is also a lecturer at the university and runs his own photography firm.




Q: What drives you to success?

It is the determination not to be thought of as a normal person that drives me to success. I put no limitations in working to achieve my dreams be they from being a healthy person or on a professional scale, being more creative and innovative, in one way or another. The reason I adopt this strategy is because my workplace is very intensive, and I go home thinking of all the people at the hospital. So following what I dream and desire to do takes away all the tensions from work away. This is what has made me a professional in whatever I do away from the hospital. 

Q: Who or what has been your inspiration in your career?

I envy many people. But anyone who is working to achieve their goals, and following their passions in life is a person I would draw inspiration from.   

Q: What is your biggest career success to date?

My biggest success to date would have to have been taking the ninth spot in Oman for reciting (by heart) verses from the Holy Book of Quran. Another achievement would be giving my heart and soul to being as professional as I can be in the hospital, and still being well-known through my photography, as well as through my accomplishments in athletics and swimming, on a national level.

Q: What are your career goals?

I love my job, and that’s why I went into the medical field in the first place. But I have a family, and I need to raise them. So I have decided to grow my business and start my own photography studio. A couple of my colleagues are already working with me now to establish the company on a much larger scale.    

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?

In 10 years’ time, I aim to build up one of the most innovative commercial photography companies in Oman. In the coming years, I am planning to target architecture as well in my photography. Apart from that, I want to be known as one of the leading automotive photographers in the world.   

Q: What do you like about the Genesis?

I think the Genesis is a super-crazy sedan. I haven’t drifted it yet but it definitely sticks to the corners like glue. I also adore the slick-shifting tiptronic automatic gearbox that lets me choose whichever gear I want at any given time. The car is incredibly stable, and cross-winds or wind noise don’t seem to affect the car at all. It shifts from one lane to another comfortably. Kudos to the cross-traffic alert and the blind-spot monitoring systems that are on-board. I think at this level of sophistication, the Genesis is in a class of its own.