With a degree in marketing from Majan College and a commercial pilot’s license, Farhan al Othmani isn’t your average Omani businessman. His aim is to consolidate his family business, which includes jewellery making, property and construction. He is working to incorporate new-age technologies such as 3D printing in forthcoming building projects here in Oman.
Q: What drives you to success?
I have many dreams and ambitions that keep me going. One of these is to modernise Oman with new technologies. When I lived in Australia, I learnt that it is a country that believes in green energy (eco-friendly sources of energy), and I cannot think why, here in Oman, we aren’t adopting technologies such as reducing our carbon footprint. So my aim is to factor in details such as those I learnt from other places, and incorporate them in my country. I cannot rest until I achieve that. Moreover, I was once a young Omani graduate. I know the struggle one goes through to become successful professionally. Therefore, I make it a personal mission to help and give every young Omani graduate a chance if they want to work with my company.
Q: Who or what has been your inspiration in your career?
There are many people who inspire me. But the one who inspires me the most is Thomas Edison. I know he is famous for creating the first electric lightbulb but it is the part where he came to be who he was despite his fight with dyslexia that inspires me.
Q: What is your biggest career success to date?
My greatest career success to date would be obtaining my commercial pilot’s licence and flying a light aircraft. It was a dream and a passion back then. Sadly, it is now restricted to being a hobby. However, I may be pursuing flying in the later stages of my life.
Q: What are your career goals?
I believe that there are four stages in an individual’s life. In Hindi they say, “Chaar din ki zindagi [the four days in a lifetime]’. On average, a person may live up to 60 years, and in my case, I think of splitting four stages of 15 years each. The first stage is when you work hard and study as a young student; the second half you study alongside work and become a professional; the third stage is when you start working under someone and then go on to achieve the goals you have set for yourself. The last stage is for relaxing and investing in the younger generation. They are the young blood and they have more knowledge, as they are the younger generation. I am currently in my third stage, and I am doing my best to establish myself as an entrepreneur and someone who works for the benefit of Oman.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
Ten years from now, I hope to be able to contribute to Oman’s economy and make it strong. To make that happen, I would like to produce industrial products in Oman, as opposed to importing them from other countries. I believe that we must produce as many products as we can, and that is the goal I have set for myself in the coming years.
Q: What do you like about the Genesis?
I had never driven this car before, and I have to say that I am thoroughly surprised. I think it is very smooth and comfortable to drive – even on certain rough patches of road. I particularly like the metre reading, which shows the speed limits on each stretch of road. The Genesis also impresses me with its power and handling – it manages to take corners with ease and composure, while still seating its passengers in utter comfort. Add to that the noise isolation, and you’re left with a limousine that makes a mark for itself as one of the best sedans on the market today.