Life so far

Born in the United Arab Emirates in Dubai, where I lived for the first 12 years of my life. My parents decided to move to New Zealand around that time. I lived in NZ for another 12 years where I finished high school & University.

I was a slow learner in high school and really did not like studying at all, this was an issue at a higher education level as I never figured out what I wanted to study career-wise. My Higher educational journey started with computer programing which I studied for a year before getting bored of it. I changed to a course in hospitality for another year which I also never completed. I then took a year off and applied for a full-time job. The year after that I decided to go back to learning where I joined the University of Waikato and started a Business major in Management, I also had a chance to choose some elective papers, where I chose some in Media Studies. Fortunately for me, that was a good step as I really enjoyed those Media classes and did really well in them. I asked the university if I can move to a Media Studies major, which they accepted. I finally graduated with a Bachelor of Communications, majoring in Media Studies at the end of 2009.

I moved back to Dubai in 2010 and worked for my family’s company Education Zone, where I got to explore and implement my creative skills. I worked there for approximately 7 years. My younger sister and I started the second branch of Education Zone in Bahrain in 2014.

I got married in 2011 and moved to Bahrain in 2012 so we (my wife and I) can be close to both our extended families. My wife gave birth to my beautiful daughter (Anfal) on October 31st, 2012. Update: On January 29th, 2016 my wife gave birth to our son (Yousif).

At the end of 2017, I resigned from Education Zone and established Feels Digital Productions where I have been offering my services in media production to the public as a freelancer. I have been working hard to get Feels Digital to a place of recognition and trust in Bahrain. I do find it hard to manage the company at times as I am not well versed in accounting and finance plus, I do not have a wide network in Bahrain since I didn’t live here. Other than that, I really love this company and I will do everything in my power to push it forward.

This is my story so far, of course missing all the great stories in between.

Life so far

Projects & Companies

Feels Digital (2017 – Present)

www.feels.digital

This is the first company I started. Feels Digital, based in Bahrain, provides services in Video Production, Photography, Visual Design and Web Solutions. Our mission is to refine and fine-tune the look and feel of the brands we work with to establish the best possible digital presence and reach their target audience.

Arabeeks (2014 – 2017)

www.instagram.com/arabeeks

Arabeeks was a tech, toys and gaming channel I created. It’s where I used to post news on new technology and games plus short articles on issues that are in line with the channel such as hobbies and famous Arabic people. I started it on Instagram and was slowly getting into other mediums such as a website and YouTube.

Although I was starting to do well, collecting over 6000 followers on Instagram in the first year, I decided I will stop working on it as it was distracting me from my work and family life.

Education Zone (2010 – 2017)

www.ezone.ae

Education Zone helps students find out what they want to study and then places them in respectable institutions in the country they decide to study.

My parents own this company, and owning a company means bleeding for it, and I really know what and how that feels like, as running a business is not easy. While I worked in Dubai I started off as a salesman, then realized I can be more productive in marketing and advertising, where I started managing and developing the website and our social media channels. Plus, I was producing the company’s yearly magazine “World of Education”.

After I was married, I moved to Bahrain and quickly decided to open a branch here. Three years on and Education Zone Bahrain branch is now working at a great pace, where it has even surpassed our Dubai office.

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