12 – Sultan Al Hajji, the Oil and Gas Executive – Part 1

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Sultan Al Hajj is the son of a self-taught oil and gas worker – who was also one of the last Emirati workers to strike against British leadership – and the grandson of a “medicine man” providing psychological relief to fellow villagers. Sultan grew up in the emirate of Sharjah, at a time when the UAE was not yet a country, and made it to the highest positions at the oil and gas company Total in Abu Dhabi.  He is currently also the President of the French language institute Alliance Française.

From doing his homework lying on his belly in a tent, with a simple kerosene lamp, to remembering his family members, Sultan shares colourful childhood memories with us from a time prior to the foundation of the UAE.

Music credit: http://ccmixter.org/
“Supernatural”, by Snowflake (vocal), and Geert Veneklaas (musical arrangements) (+Nathalie Gillet for additional editing)

About the Author
Nathalie is based in Abu Dhabi and develops communications strategies for companies based in the region. Prior to that she worked as a business journalist specialised in the Middle East for over 15 years for a variety of English, French and German-speaking media, including France 24 TV, Radio France International (RFI), Jeune Afrique, La Tribune, Marchés Tropicaux et Méditerranéens and The National (Abu Dhabi). She also speaks fluently Arabic and has visited, worked or studied in each Arab country
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