After serving in the Sultanate’s armed forces, Humaid al Mujaini received a post-graduate qualification in business administration from the University of Cambridge in the UK, and became a tour guide. In 2005, however, the ex-serviceman began his own tourism and transport company, Golden Tours Oman.
Q: What drives you to success?
I started my company with a vision that I would not make it a competitor to other tour companies in Oman, but rather, an ally to them. That, I believe has been one of the keys to my success. Currently, we give support to all travel agents here. For example, if someone asks us for advice, I will gladly give them all the assistance they need. I don’t ask them for any payment. I give it to them because we are in the same field. Because of all that, I have managed to maintain a very nice reputation here and have also managed to build a rapport with local companies and our clients.
Q: Who or what has been your inspiration in your career?
If you want to take someone on as an inspiration in this country, then it would have to be His Majesty. He has taught us that this country is our pride, and that we have to work hard for it. I have travelled all over the world and seen how people live in different areas; I can see the difference. And because of that, I believe that we have to be very grateful for our country and His Majesty. I have also learnt that no matter how much we give to the country, we will still not do as much as His Majesty, because what he has essentially done is give us a safe country and the wisdom that we have to live life protecting and helping one another. I admire him and I try to follow all of his strategies.
Q: What is your biggest career success to date?
I have had several successes that have helped to improve my life. But my biggest success would have to have been during the National Day of 2010, when I was chosen as one of the main transport contractors. I had the contract to transport more than 5,000 people in a place where there were no bus services, because most of the buses were heading to Hajj. But I took on the challenge and I found the solutions to it.
Q: What are your career goals?
I have two types of goals: one is on a social level and the other is on a business level. Primarily, my target is to train the highest number of Omanis and help them find success in their work. I have been doing it for a couple of years now, and I try to spend more time on them to help them improve their skills. Apart from that, my business goal would be to market Oman in a very nice manner because that will help bring in more money for my country, and improve the country’s success over time.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
Today, I am very close to 50, and I am trying to move from managing a company to being a consultant for my company. My target in my next five years would be to move into retirement, because I know that I have put the right people in the right position and that my time with my company is coming to a close. So my target after that would be only to help guide the company in to the years that will follow.
Q: What do you like about the Genesis?
This is the first time that I have driven this car. And I have to say that I really do like it. I like all the features on it, especially the 360-degree camera system, which lets me see everything around the car. I also feel that the car is very stable and relaxing to drive. I have driven many cars in my time, and I can tell that a lot of effort has gone into the making of this car. Everything, from the leather interior and the comfortable seats to the layout of buttons, makes driving this car a pleasurable experience. I may be buying this car for my company’s VIP tours in the near future.