Position? Managing Partner.
What are your main responsibilities? The upholding of the global standards required from a company such as Savills is probably the greatest responsibly I hold, but one I (and the team here) bear with enthusiasm. As the property market matures here in Oman, the ability to introduce estate agency standards that have become commonplace elsewhere in the world is exciting and one which is gaining momentum.
What are your company's Unique Selling Points (USPs) in Oman? Having one of the world’s largest international networks of real estate offices is a major advantage in us being able to provide a one-stop global service to our clients. Cross border activity from and into Oman is high and therefore we are well positioned for this.
What achievement are you most proud of? The growth of Savills Oman in the relatively short space of time we have been here. Whilst I have been in Oman a lot longer, the speed at which our clients have welcomed Savills into Oman is remarkable and gratefully acknowledged.
What would you still like to achieve (in life, leisure or business)? There is a lot left to see and achieve in Oman but travelling to the corners of the world that I have not yet visited is a high priority for me, with still many countries to tick off the list.
What do you think makes Oman an attractive destination to do business? Oman is open and receptive to new business ideas, procedures and ventures. Whilst it can be time consuming and frustrating establishing new companies here, once up and running few fail and the majority succeed beyond expectations.
What sectors do you think will thrive in Oman and the UK in the coming years and why? We believe the real estate market has significantly more potential in attracting overseas investors and home owners. Oman was the first Middle East country to formally allow foreign ownership on a freehold basis and we do not think even the surface has been scratched in attracting home owners seeking a little slice of this paradise.
What is the best business advice you have ever received? Neither a lender nor borrower be.
Favourite destinations in Oman and why? There are so many stunning and exciting places to visit in Oman it is difficult to name one. A firm favourite has to be however, Wadi Shab with its stunning walk upwards and then the rewarding swim in its reviving waters. A trip there for the day makes you feel like you have had a week’s holiday.
Favourite destinations in the UK and why? The Lake District. Why? It rains there a lot.
Favourite restaurant in Oman and UK? The Chedi. No debate. In the UK nowhere beats the Dining room at The Goring. There is nothing to beat their lobster omelette.
Describe your character in five words? Committed, impatient, driven, forthright… and easily distracted.
What are your hobbies? Property. From architecture to construction – all boxes ticked. Travelling to so-called ‘tourism unfound’ locations is a passion and one that is becoming increasingly difficult to fulfil.
What five things would you take to a desert island? My two Golden Retrievers – for company, discipline, exercise and amusement. Of course my iphone and ipad, which contain my music, books, movies and organises my life. And an endless supply of battery chargers to go with them.
What public figures do you most admire and why? Sir Richard Branson. For making it all look so easy.