THE AL MANA CON­NEC­TION

Qatar Today - - DEVELOPMENT > TECH TALK -

“I KNEW I HAD TO COME TO QATAR BE­CAUSE TO ME, WATCH­ING FROM THE OUT­SIDE, IT ALMOST FELT LIKE THE WILD WEST,” DIGE SAYS WHEN ASKED ABOUT HOW HIS PATH CROSSED WITH THAT OF SAUD AL MANA, CEO OF THE AL MANA CON­GLOM­ER­ATE. “THE WORD ‘CAN'T' AND DIDN'T SEEM TO EX­IST HERE.” HE KNEW IN THIS LAND OF ANY­THING-IS-POS­SI­BLE, HE'D FIND TAK­ERS FOR HIS DREAM. AND HE DIDN'T HAVE TO SEARCH TOO FAR. “I FOUND MR SAUD AL MANA TO BE A MAN OF IM­MENSE AM­BI­TION AND VI­SION. HE WANTS TO DE­VELOP THE TECH IN­DUS­TRY IN QATAR SO IT WASN'T TOO DIF­FI­CULT TO CON­VINCE HIM ON ROYAL DIG­I­TAL.” IF SAUD AL MANA IS THE ROCKET FUEL TO DIGE'S SHUT­TLE, AL MANA NET­WORKS GEN­ERAL MAN­AGER MA­HESH HAVAL IS THE ATC TOWER WHO BRINGS IT HOME. “WITH­OUT MA­HESH OVER­SEE­ING THE DI­REC­TION OF THE COMPANY WE'D HAVE PROB­A­BLY SPENT FAR TOO MUCH AND TAKEN LONGER TO GET TO MAR­KET. HE HAS THE COOL HEAD THAT IS SO IM­POR­TANT IN TECH. I FEEL VERY FOR­TU­NATE TO BE SUR­ROUNDED BY PEO­PLE WHO WANT TO DRIVE THIS VEN­TURE FOR­WARD JUST AS PAS­SION­ATELY I DO. WITH ALL THE IN­GRE­DI­ENTS FOR SUC­CESS IN PLACE, THERE RE­ALLY IS NOTH­ING STOP­PING US,” HE SAYS. WHILE DIGE IS PROUD TO BE AS­SO­CI­ATED WITH AL MANA, HE DOESN'T WANT TO “CRE­ATE AN UN­NAT­U­RAL EX­PEC­TA­TION OR DE­MAND US­ING THE AL MANA NAME”. “AS MUCH AS POS­SI­BLE WE ARE TRY­ING NOT TO USE THOSE CHAN­NELS, BE­CAUSE IT'S NEI­THER RIGHT NOR SUS­TAIN­ABLE. UL­TI­MATELY WHAT WE WANT TO BE KNOWN AND RECOG­NISED FOR IS OUR PROD­UCTS.”

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