On Tuesday, prominent Emirati businessman and founder of Al Ghurair Group Saif Ahmed Al Ghurair died in Dubai at the age of 95. His funeral prayers will be held in Dubai on Tuesday afternoon at Al Qusais graveyard.
He was born in Deira on the shores of Dubai Creek in 1924. The eldest of five sons born to Ahmed Al Ghurair and very soon he became a part of the family business which was pearl diving. When was in his teenage, he would spend up to four months at a time at sea, living off rice, dates, and fish.
In 1930, after the arrival of cultured pearls from Japan made pearl diving a profitable business and family branched into trading. The boasts of small pearling were conditioned again for longer voyages and heavier loads and they began taking dates from Iraq to Africa and India from where they will come back with textiles and teak logs for boat building.
“When I got to India it was hurting so much I went to the doctor to stop the pain. He said he could stop the pain, but that I would lose my eye. I told him to stop the pain. Thank God it was only one eye!” he said while sharing his experience during a stormy voyage to India.
He said in his statement published on Al Ghurair Group website, “The core of [the Group’s] success has always lied in its winning corporate culture; that promotes growth and fosters innovation, and in its customer-driven strategy, that is guided by quality, creative solutions, and a non-stop search for better ways to serve our clients.”