“The myth is that you don’t have to study or work hard”
Hailing from Pakistan, Aaqib Khwaja did his preschooling in Canada, lived in the UAE for most of his life and later went on to work in Germany for about a year. When he returned to the UAE, he decided to join Al Borj Machinery, a family business that supplies sewing and embroidery machines to newly setup garment factories and tailoring stores. He settled into his new position just six months ago, and he admits that it took quite some getting used to.
“I needed to wrap my head around the change in work culture,” Aaqib explains. “When I was in Berlin, I noticed that employees didn’t always give their 100 per cent to their jobs. And I thought that was okay because it was just the work environment. But when you’re joining a family business, you’re shocked that everyone else doesn’t want to put in extra hours.”
Aaqib admits that being a part of a family business means he always has work on his mind, from the time he wakes up to when he falls asleep — even on weekends. There are several benefits, he says, of working for a family business, one of them being that it gives one a more holistic view of a com-
ALL IN THE FAMILY: Wajih Nakkash with his son Omar and daughter Aya; the brother- sister duo