- 6 March 2018
Alghanim Industries hosts Al-Bayan Bilingual School (BBS) students as part of their Introduction to Business class
Teaching valuable lessons on how multi-national companies operate and succeed
Kuwait, 6 March 2018: On 27 and 28 February 2018, Alghanim Industries, one of the largest privately owned companies in the region, hosted Al-Bayan Bilingual School (BBS) students at the company headquarters in Al Hamra Tower, as part of their Introduction to Business class. During their visit, the CEO of Alghanim Industries, Omar K. Alghanim made welcoming remarks.
The students were presented with an overview of the company, its history, its diverse businesses and its robust Corporate Social Responsibility programs. This was followed by detailed depictions of some of the inner workings and roles that exist across Alghanim Industries, by employees hailing from various departments and businesses. The students learned about Alghanim Engineering, the leading engineering service provider in the region, Costa Coffee, London’s favorite coffee shop chain and part of Alghanim Industries Food & Beverage portfolio, and Business Development and Mergers & Acquisitions.
Dubbed "employees of Alghanim Industries” for the day, the students were then taken on a comprehensive tour of the state-of-the-art headquarters, beginning from the 70th to the 73rd floor. Alghanim Industries’ headquarters features an entirely open office floor plan, designed to encourage collaboration, teamwork, transparency and innovation.
Welcoming the students, CEO of Alghanim Industries, Omar K. Alghanim, said: "We’re excited to host one of the most impressive academic institutions in Kuwait. You represent the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs. The future is very much in your hands. But the challenges you will face are greater than those of past generations.”
He went on to say, "The past 10 years saw greater change than the last 100, and the next 10 years will produce an even bigger change. We live in a fast-changing world and you have to be ready, and willing to work. As a business leader, I hear a lot of great ideas for new businesses from young people. Some really inspiring ideas – but inspiring ideas on their own aren’t enough. Success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. The future of Kuwait is in your hands and it’s in your power to make sure our future is bright and prosperous.”
Speaking about the visit, Instructor at Al-Bayan Bilingual School, Fatima Kamali, said: "This real life experience our business class students were exposed to during their visit to Alghanim Industries was one of the best entrepreneurial learning experiences our soon to be future leaders encountered this year. We are grateful to Mr. Omar Alghanim and Alghanim Industries for hosting more than 70 students and making this a memorable event. I have always said to my students, in the words of Julius Caesar, ‘experience is the best teacher of all things'. "
The visit concluded with lunch and specialty, Kuwait-themed, drinks for the students offered by Costa Coffee, part of Alghanim Industries’ Food & Beverage portfolio. More employees were present to engage with the students, and a photo booth studio was installed, giving students the chance to capture memorable group pictures of their visit.
These initiatives come as part of Alghanim Industries’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, which is committed to empowering the underprivileged, supporting education and encouraging entrepreneurship. It is also worth noting, the company previously held an information session for merit scholar students studying in the United States to learn about the history of the company and its diverse businesses. The company is also one of the largest supporters for INJAZ-Kuwait, as it encourages its employees to volunteer regularly in INJAZ’s different programs.
About Alghanim Industries
Alghanim Industries is one of the largest, privately-owned companies in the MENA region. Founded at the turn of the century, in Kuwait, the company today employs more than 15,000 people in 30 businesses across 40 countries in the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia.
Alghanim Industries is a market leader in almost every major sector of its operations, which include: engineering, retail, automotive sales and service, insulation and pre-engineered steel building structures, logistics and warehousing, fast moving consumer goods, food & beverage, oil & gas, office automation, advertising, insurance, consumer credit and travel. The company is actively growing its brand portfolio, with a focus on top-tier global partners. Among them: Avis, British Airways, British Petroleum, Cathay Pacific, Daewoo, Honda, Saint-Gobain and Toshiba. Additionally, Alghanim Industries has created a number of successful regional businesses, including X-cite (consumer electronics), and Safat Home (lifestyle and home furniture).