Having worked for 4 years circa, ( 1991 – 1995 ), Abdul Aziz searching for further opportunities looked for an opening outside Oman, and when an opportunity came to travel to Australia unconditionally took it and travelled there.
Abdul Aziz worked in various roles within Hertz Corporation Australia however his true calling came when he joined a small company in Brisbane Australia which enabled him to put this ideas and thoughts to building a small rental company with 20 old cars to a competitive company with over 600 vehicles, 80 trucks over 3 states and 18 locations. The transition from a car cleaner / sales representative to ultimately becoming the CEO of the company within 12 years.
12 years on Married with 2 Kids a string of businesses and a consultancy company, Abdul Aziz’s met with Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Ali Al Nuaimi in 2003 ( Nephew of the ruler of Ajman ruling family ) whilst the Sheikh was completing his PDH and established a joint partnership to advise the Sheikh on numerous portfolio’s in an as and when required basis which led to a strong friendship leading to various trips overseas promoting Oman / UAE its culture , economic value proposition as well as leadership..
Establishing his businesses Abdul Aziz embarked once again on completing his Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Management believing that the single most important resources for any organization were its people and the ability to mobilize those resources effectively.
In between running his enterprises in Australia, Abdul Aziz Al Hinai on 2 occasions between 2003 and 2009 was sourced initially from Australia to help shape a Ship Building Company in the UAE belonging to Sheikh Al Hassan Bin Ali Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi in the position of a Commercial and HR Manager with a capital in excess of 500 Million dollars, and then in 2006 was once again brought as an Advisor to the Ministry of Social Development to set up social development strategy for “bedouns”projects in addition to developing a national program to develop challenged individuals – during this period with the Ministry of Social Development and Labor , Abdul Aziz was requested by H.E Maryam Al Roumi – then the Minister to develop and implement a social responsibility fund that would see large dirham boxes across 1000 locations consisting of fuel stations , shopping malls , universities and airports; generating over 14 Million Dhs per month collected by “Transom” from across all locations in the UAE “ Dirham Wa Bas )
Having spent over 40 years abroad finally decided to return to Oman where he will see his expertise & experiences utilized by the government.
In 2015 Abdul Aziz joined the Special Economic Zone Authority of Duqm initially as a specialist in CSR and within a few years was immediately promoted to a Director of the Partnership and Development department as a Manager overseeing Country Value (ICV); over 750 Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and for a period of a year was managing the Environment Affairs Department.
The Duqm Special Economic Zone Authority (SEZAD) manages, regulates, and develops all economic activities in Duqm. It plans, designs, and implements long-term strategies for infrastructural development and attracts investments to promote a wide spectrum of economic activities. It also oversees the urban expansion of the modern Duqm city while protecting the environment, thereby ensuring Duqm its rightful place as the best location to visit, live, work, and invest in the Middle East.
The Special Economic Zone is a model economic development composed of zones:
a sea port, industrial area, new town, fishing harbor, tourist zone, a logistics center and an education and training zone, all of which are supported by a multimodal transport system that connects it with nearby regions (e.g., the Arabian Gulf countries, Middle East, East Africa and Southeast Asia). The Special Economic Zone is administered, regulated and developed by the Duqm Special Economic Zone Authority, a financially and administratively independent government entity.
Having successfully balanced the act of working a diverse range of projects and overseeing a portfolio of over 500 Million OMR; ensuring over 60 Million OMR was distributed to SME’s in works as tenders awarded in addition to streamlining the tender process , the department was soon automated to manage all aspects of csr,icv and sme related initiatives and awareness programs.
In 2019 Abdul Aziz along with a business partner launched Landmark Investments and Trading (LIT), and since its inception has developed 3 mediums of business. Still in its early stages LIT has generated over a million Euro’s in its first 12 though profit margins are tight in steel sales across the middle east and africa and though corona did have a severe impact globally ; LIT in late 2022 resumed its operations and roadmapped an aggressive growth plan that continues to grow and develop. a company focused on purchase and sale of steel as a commodity; a real estate listing company as well as an arm that funds startups and new business ventures some of which has been Tech Hybrids and Jetpetroclean.
Highlights of his Career
- Youngest Marketing Manager for a Major Bank in Oman.
- Established a highly lucrative business in Australia from an underperforming to a highly profitable business under 10 years across 3 states Taking a small company of 20 old rental vehicles and turning an underperforming operation into a profitable enterprise which boasts a fleet of 600 vehicles across twelve locations throughout South East Queensland by using creative and proven ideas and strategies to establish brand presence and customer loyalty. Identifying new market opportunities to improve booking rates and growth of the brand).
- Key professional achievements of his career is being picked to be the Advisor for the Nephew of the Ruling family in Ajman in 2003 working remotely from Australia on environmental and impact analysis on construction of infrastructure in Ajman as well as value add and benchmark decisions against industry and global standards and manage a portfolio of personal businesses of the Sheikh.
- 2006 – 2009 contracted by the Federal Government in the UAE to be an advisor on social development projects for the Minister of Social Affairs H.E Maryam Al Roomi, and then being formally recognized and nominated under a royal decree from Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum to set up a socially responsible fund of which I was the general manager to form a Pubic Private Partnership and bridge the gap between the 3 sectors of society.
- Founded ‘Bridging the Gap’, a program between public, private and non-profit organizations.
- Devised the concept of ‘Echo of Silence’ and initiated a MOU between Government and the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) to provide a service center and communication tools for people with special needs. Initiative launched November, 2009.
- Created ‘Dirham Wa Bas’ a nationwide campaign collecting AED 3.1 million over 3 months.
- Negotiated with media authorities to support the fund with donated advertising to the value of AED 1 million.
- Presented the success of the Fund’s model, reports and initiatives to government delegates throughout the region at CSR conferences including The Middle East CSR Summit (2007), Middle East Corporate Social Responsibility Forum (2008) Saudi Arabia Private, Public Partnership and CSR (2008), The Kingdom of Jordan Ministers Summit (2008), Marcus Evans 4th CSR Summit (2008) & ISO 26000 Working Chairs Group Summit (2008).
Abdul truly believes that his abilities are in setting up and leading organization to excellence from which he benchmark’s and raise’s standards that can be recognized globally believing that he is able to motivate and inspire people giving them the ability to perform at an excellence level.
His career ambitions is to be recognized as a reputable leader contributing to the success of his country as an Omani, as well as pursuing desire to influence youth of today to become great leaders of tomorrow.
His passion also lies in hypothesizing industry growth and economic drivers across the Middle East region which have seen a 90% accuracy in forecasting.