An idea to a full-fledged business: Inspiring story from humble beginnings

From a site Engineer to a Managing Partner, a journey of hurdles, failures and determination, Thomas Joseph has given a life lesson “Don’t just dream but make it happen”.

Gulf Fab Shade & Engineering LLC. Is well-established in structural design and building contracting and is equipped with the most modern fabrication facilities and extensive machinery.

Your story from humble beginnings is awe-inspiring. What ignited the spark in you to start a new business venture or to make significant changes in an existing business? How did the idea for your business come about? :

I started my career as an employee. I worked as Site Engineer in Saudi Arabia from 1997-2000, as Design Fabrication Engineer in Dubai from 2000-2003 and as Factory Manager from 2003-2005. After ten years of being an employee, I thought of starting a business of Tents Shade Structure.

Tents Shade business looked promising, given the region’s extreme climatic conditions. Ever since, we have dedicated to be the best engineering force in the region. We encourage our engineers to become multi-skilled; the more diverse and knowledgeable our workforce is, all the more flexible and responsive we can be to the demands of today’s global and competitive market place.  Many of our engineers understand process as well as controls.  Many engineers originate specifications while delivering cad drawings or 3D modeling at the same time.

This kind of diverse expertise, education, training, and knowledge base is a powerful answer to a dynamic project environment and an unmistakable value add to the clients we serve.

What brings you satisfaction?

Every completed project is an object of much pride and satisfaction.

I feel humbled to offer employment to my staff and provide opportunities to develop their skills, which in turn helps the growth of the company too. I am thankful to the almighty for the success of my business.

What do you look for in an employee? If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?

Don’t just dream the world as you would like to see it. Make it happen.

Try your hand at entrepreneurship, put the theory into practice, success will follow.

Why is UAE a great place for businesses to succeed?

Over the past thirty years, Dubai has transformed itself from a relatively small desert city into a veritable mega-city boasting of seven star hotels, business parks; its very own palm shaped manmade island, some of the tallest buildings on the planet, world class infrastructure and a big thirst for even bigger things!

Taxation -  A vast majority of taxes (personal, corporate, capital gains) are not existent in Dubai and that makes this city extremely business friendly.

Visa - The visa regime in Dubai is expat friendly, so having a business in Dubai means you can easily get a UAE residency visa. It makes leasing property, movement into and out of the country of UAE, and getting a Schengen visa easy.

Free Zones - These are basically tax-free places where expats can completely own businesses without partnering with an Emirati agent or partner. These are of different types; healthcare, education, media etc.

Repatriation - Thanks to the practically non-existent taxation in UAE, most expats choose to keep their money in Dubai itself, a stable exchange rate with the USD ensures that you can send money out of the country at your will.

Global Aviation Hub - The Dubai International Airport connects the huge continents of Asia and Africa with the western world, bringing together people from across the planet in one place to make opportunities materialize that would otherwise not be there.

Safety - UAE has strong law and order system in place, which makes it safe for you, your family and your employees to work in and this draws the best global talent here.

Venues - Should you want to host meetings and conferences, or to attend them, there are plenty of venues you can choose from.

Transport - It has high quality road transport network, as well as the world famous Dubai Metro, you can get anywhere anytime without any hassle!

Experiences - Dubai has something for everyone in the way of experiences; desert safaris, sky diving, relaxing dhow cruises, and waterparks that will blow you away.

With all the points mentioned above, we have barely skimmed the surface of why you must choose Dubai; but here are some statistics to inspire you:

  •         UAE is ranked the 14th happiest country in the world.
  •         It has one of the lowest crime rates in the world.
  •         90% of Dubai’s population is made up of expats.

With these advantages come opportunities that would rarely be seen in other cities in the world converging all in one place.


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