MANAMA: Bahrain could become the entrepreneurship launchpad of the Middle East, says a leading businessman. Hazem Janahi, who mentors budding entrepreneurs, sees huge potential for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to contribute to the economy.
A highly intellectual workforce and fierce competition due to Bahrain's small geographical area make it the perfect hub for ideas to incubate, he said.
In an exclusive interview with the GDN, Mr Janahi, who is founder of boutique advisory firm Vanguard, reveals how transferring his passions into his businesses make financial sense.
From launching an air taxi service for jet-setting businessmen, developing a marina, opening a chocolate factory as well as recreating vintage cars, he has successfully channelled his pet projects into leading local and regional businesses.
Handling real-time projects while guiding entrepreneurs with their new business ventures, Mr Janahi believes the future of Bahrain's economy depends on its SMEs.