Sara Al Madani, a blazing Emirati entrepreneur, says recessions and launching businesses go hand in hand. She believes a recession is never a reason to stop or a reason to be scared to fail. An outspoken Emarati businesswoman, her excellency Dr. Sara Al Madani is both contrarian and charming. She offers advice to struggling companies during this period, but most of all, wholly rejects the concept of women empowerment.
Who is Sara Al Madani?
From a tender age, Dr. Sara Al Madani believed her ideas could turn into successful huge profits. Her first business at a tender age of fifteen started with only Dh 20, 000 ($5,445). Since then, she has been financially independent and growing career-wise. She has also made successful regional forays in the fashion, technology, and food sector.
Her opinion on growing businesses in North Africa and the Middle East is that a global depression is a perfect time to take the plunge. During the Coronavirus pandemic, many companies and businesses went bankrupt. Consequently, they left a huge gap in the market for new ideas, new startups, and creativity to take over. Her notion therefore being, recessions are never a reason to be scared of failure or to stop. Also, she took up her own advice, during the lockdown with her family, she launched a company by the name ‘Halahi’.
“Halahi is a platform that allows followers to connect to their favorite celebrities and to request personalized shout-outs from them. It’s amazing, and the first-of-its-kind in the region and the team is excited about it,” she says.
I was Literally Bankrupt.
The young Emirati admits to being a rebel and a risk-taker. Her attitude soars ambition and positivity. At the age of 26, Dr. Sara Al Madani is both a mentor and a motivational speaker. She is the youngest board member of the UAE’s SME Council in the Ministry of Economy and Sharjah Chamber of Commerce.
During her coaching sessions, the lady is honest about the challenges she faced on her road to success. Back in 2013, a commercial venture with a friend failed. She woke up with a call from the police informing her that her checked bounced.
“I had no dime in my account, I was literally bankrupt, yet I had four branches to take care of and 100 plus employees. I went back to learn from my mistakes to know what went wrong and how to avoid it, that’s how I grow.”
There is No Gender; we are Just Human.
Al Madani believes failure is a taboo that is taught through culture, media, and family. They make society believe that failure is something we should not talk about. This ideology does not resonate with her; she is not ashamed to talk about her failures. Every time she failed, she spoke loudly about it. She always wants people to learn from her mistakes and not repeat the cycle.
Al Madani has no time to talk about gender inequality as a reason for women not excelling. Besides, she sees no barriers for women in business in the Middle East. Furthermore, she wholly discards the concept of female empowerment.
“I don’t know why people talk about gender inequality anymore. To me, we are all equal, there is no gender,” she says.
She believes that we are all human, men, and women complete each other and not compete. As a business leader, she believes in diversity and does not agree with women belonging to a feminine industry. Her goal is to continue inspiring both men and women to help each other blaze a trail in business.