Real people, real stories – Creating the right culture

For talented employees, finding the right working environment and having a clear progression path are both crucial.  That’s why Abdul Latif Jameel invests time, energy and resources into creating a warm and rewarding working environment in which all team members have the opportunity to shine.

Mouhannad Makhlouf, Director of Business Development at Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, grew up in Damascus, Syria, before immigrating to the United States.  After studying for an MSc in Telecommunications Engineering at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., he embarked on a 17-year career with some of the country’s leading Fortune 500 companies.

He returned to the Middle East in 2009, and now works in Abdul Latif Jameel’s Dubai offices, where he sees a family spirit and a willingness to recognize hard work as key factors in the group’s ability to attract some of the world’s leading talent.

“The culture is what separates Abdul Latif Jameel and marks it out among the world’s most successful companies.  I’ve been fortunate to work for some of the biggest companies in the United States, but the supportive environment and family feel I’ve experienced at Abdul Latif Jameel is on a completely different level.”

“I now work in Abdul Latif Jameel’s offices in Dubai, and it’s a special place for both myself and my family.  At work, there are so many opportunities for growth.  If you work hard, your efforts are quickly recognized – but you never need sacrifice that important work/life balance.”

“Outside of work, the UAE is a wonderful place to raise a family.  My wife and children are safe.  There are so many things to do in the area, so we’re always having fun and making memories that will last a lifetime.”

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