Featured Employees

Featured Employees

Kaliya Nikolaeva Nikolova
Sales Person
Gucci
Al Tayer Insignia

Kaliya Nikolova joined Al Tayer Group in June 2008 as a Sales Advisor for Yves Saint Laurent and now working as Sales Person for Gucci. She promotes the brand, offers product advice, and takes care of customers on a daily basis.

"I joined the Group because I heard a lot of positive things about it from friends. My experiences thus far have been great; right from the minute I was picked up at the airport, I have enjoyed every minute of my experience.

We are the representatives of outstanding brands that deserve outstanding commitment. I do my best to put a smile on every customer's face.

Interacting with customers from all over the world is really challenging and the most exciting part of my job. My professional and human experience here in Dubai has been amazing and it definitely changed my life."

Looking ahead, Kaliya aspires to take on managerial responsibilities.

Cesar Gupo
Senior Technician
Ford
Al Tayer Motors

"From the five hundred people that took the test for this job, I was one of only thirteen to be selected. The next step for me is to become a team leader."

Cesar Gupo joined Al Tayer Motors in May 2004 as a technician working for the Ford brand. In his time with the company he has worked on every aspect of car maintenance from brakes, under chassis, engines to diagnosis. Earlier this year, Cesar got promoted to senior technician and is currently working on the electrical and AC works. Over the last four months, Cesar has also been receiving recognition for his outstanding performance in the monthly exam taken by the technician which he has been topping.

"I started my career with Toyota in the Philippines where I worked for three years. I then moved to Toyota in Kuwait for another three years. Having decided to come back to the Philippines I joined Ford where I worked for a year and then applied for a role with the Al Tayer Group.

From the five hundred people that took the test for this job, I was one of only thirteen to be selected. The next step for me is to become a team leader. "

Hadeel Wais
Senior Sales Advisor
Ford, Mercury and Lincoln
Al Tayer Motors

"For me the most interesting part of my job is the handing over of the car when a sale is completed and the customer is happy."

Hadeel Wais joined Al Tayer Motors in April 2004 as a receptionist for Ford at the Garhoud office. A year and a half later during the annual appraisal for the staff, Hadeel informed her manager of her intent to transfer to Sales. This feedback was positively received and the relevant tests were arranged to assess her suitability for the position. She scored well and there has been no looking back. She started her career in sales at the Sheikh Zayed road branch as a Sales Advisor for Ford, Mercury and Lincoln.

" I took up a job as a receptionist in Dubai when the war in Iraq broke out, hoping to go back home when the situation improved. However, a year later when I went back, conditions had not yet improved. So I came back and joined the Al Tayer Group with the aim of focusing on my career. For me the most interesting part of my job is the handing over of the car when a sale is completed and the customer is happy.

I started off in sales by meeting my targets, I then aimed for the second level which is an additional 15% sale and have further improved my performance by making it to the third level. It is now my goal to try and maintain these figures. Last year when I finished a year in sales I got the highest CVP (Customer View Point), which shows that I have been doing well both in terms of quality and quantity. The next goal for me is to become senior sales advisor. "

Julianne Cedana
Brand Manager
Ghadeer Trading
Al Tayer Al Tijariya

"I always say that once people join this company they cannot leave. The environment, the atmosphere and the harmony is the secret behind employee loyalty towards this company."

Julianne Cedana joined Ghadeer Trading, the marketing division of the Al Tayer Group in 1995 as a promoter. Her talent and potential was spotted by her manager and she was promoted to a sales executive. Over the years she has made a phenomenal growth climbing the ladder from brand supervisor to brand executive and now brand manager for fragrance brands such as Bvlgari, Salvatore Ferragamo, Bugaro, (Eccentric molecules, Jen Barvoitoes, Philip Chereon) and Salvador Dali under her current portfolio.

" When I joined the Al Tayer Group there were around 700 employees. Today, I believe there are over seven thousand people! So why do you think these people joined the Al Tayer Group? It is because of the way the management handles its people. They are here because they are happy, which is also the reason why after fourteen years I am still here as the third longest serving person in the company.

I always say that once people join this company it is like they are glued to their seats and cannot leave. The environment, the atmosphere and the harmony is the secret behind the employee loyalty towards this company. "

Lasitha Wasala
Warehouse Supervisor
Air Imports
Danzas

"I am currently at the threshold of a management position and consider my time rising through the ranks at Danzas to be a turning point in my career."

Lasitha Wasala joined Danzas in 2002 at the entry level as a Warehouse Assistant. Showing proficiency in his job, Lasitha quickly progressed to the next level as an Operation Clerk, then moved up to Shift in-Charge, and now holds the position of a Warehouse Supervisor. Currently Lasitha is responsible for the air freight imports from the moment the flight lands in Dubai to the point when the freight is received by the end customer, either in the local market or on to its final destination.

" I am currently at the threshold of a management position and consider my time rising through the ranks at Danzas to be a turning point in my career. I aspire to progress to a Warehouse Manager role as the next step.

At Al Tayer Group, the management closely observes every employee’s performance based on which we are sent for various trainings. For example, I was trained at the National Association of Freight Logistics as well as in negotiation skills which were company sponsored. Using myself as an example I am able to show my friends what a good organisation the Al Tayer Group is to build a career and how one can succeed if he or she is committed to the job. "

Abderrahim Houlaimi
Assistant Restaurant Manager
Almaz
Al Tayer Trends

"The most enjoyable part of my job is to socialise with people who come here to have a good time and expect quality food and quality service."

Abderrahim Houlaimi joined the Al Tayer Group in March 2006 as the Assistant Restaurant anager for Almaz, the Moroccan restaurant located on the level three of Harvey Nichols at the Mall of the Emirates.

" As an Assistant Manager it is my responsibility to check everything from stock to customer complaints. I have to report to my superiors, conduct daily briefing for the staff, motivate them and most importantly lead by example. This job is not easy but I love my job and make sure the work gets done. The most enjoyable part of my job is to socialise with people, they come here to have a good time and expect quality food and quality service. It is my job to make sure that their expectations are met and that they leave with a good impression.

The quality of food, excellent service, vibrant ambience, popular indoor shisha and entertainment makes Almaz unique. My philosophy is to treat our guests like babies, very patiently and gently. "

Jamil Khan
Driver
Al Tayer Logistics
Group support services

Jamil Khan - or well known as ‘Haji' - joined the company on 1st April 1980 as Driver - "Yeah that's right many of you were not even born during that time. I have kept the offer letter in a perfect condition till date".

30 years in the Group (and still counting...) Jamil Khan has absolutely no doubt that working in Al Tayer Group is the best thing that has ever happened to him.

His response to why has he not joined another company in the last 30 years when Dubai especially was booming with opportunities everywhere. "Sir, can anyone run away from his own family? I am very happy and content because I feel respected here. Earning respect is more than earning money. All the members of this group are my family members and if I leave them someday, I will retire to my home and not work again." - says the father of 9 children, 2 of whom are married too.

His advise to all those aspiring to run the race with the group -"Put your heart and soul into your work. Treat your company like your family. Always think about reducing cost and saving money for the company. Maintain good relationships with everyone, because in the end, that's the only thing that matters".

Valsala Nair
Senior Regional Business Analyst
Danzas

"I have been working here for eight years because I enjoy my job. In the future I can see myself heading the bidding team as I just love rates. I dream, sleep and breathe rates."

Valsala Nair joined Danzas in March 2000, in sales support. Currently she is working at the regional level, handling the global bidding team. She reports directly to the regional sales and marketing manager who is based in Egypt. While in sales support her responsibilities included supporting the sales team in Dubai for the pricing, quotation, acquiring of the rates from the various origins and then finally putting it in a proposal or a quotation. Since her promotion to the regional department, Valsala’s responsibility and reach has been greatly increased covering the entire emerging markets region, which consists of 73 countries.

" Danzas is a good company and I enjoy my job which is the reason why I have been working here for eight years. The most enjoyable part of my job is coordinating and meeting new people. In the future I can see myself heading the bidding team as I just love rates.

I dream, sleep and breathe rates. So that is the area I want to perfect, where I have a good knowledge of my region and know all the ins and outs of all the areas and the products we handle. I am scheduled for further training in that area as well. "

Boby Krishnan
Sales Manager
Obaid Humaid Al Tayer Engineering
Al Tayer Industries

"I still remember the first sale I made at Al Tayer Group, I was so happy that on my way home in my excitement I got flashed for speeding, which happened to be my first speeding fine."

Boby Krishnan joined the Obaid Humaid Al Tayer Engineering department as a Sales Engineer in January 2002. As a qualified mechanical engineer with an MBA in Marketing, Boby joined the Al Tayer Group looking to further develop his career. As a Sales Manager, the main products under his portfolio include electricity meters, connectors, office electrical cable management solutions and Clestra demountable partitions.

" As part of my routine, on Thursdays I go through the sales reports and plan for the week ahead. Unlike normal sales for us based on the specification from the client, we send that enquiry to the principals and then finally give the prices. Due to the currency fluctuation and changes in freight costs, prices are not fixed. Our products also have a gestation period of two to three years, so the fruits of our labour over the last few years are beginning to bear now. We are currently also looking into the feasibility of certain products and should be introducing new products shortly.

I still remember the first sale I made at Al Tayer Group, I was so happy that on my way home in my excitement I got flashed for speeding, which happened to be my first speeding fine. "

Gulnara Zhakiyen
Assistant Concession Manager
Areej
Al Tayer Trends

"Customers like coming to our store because of its image and the quality service we provide. I take satisfaction in knowing that I am an integral part of creating this image."

Gulanara Zhakeyan joined the Al Tayer Group in May 1999 as a Beauty Consultant for Areej. In 1995, Gulanara came to Dubai from Kazakhstan to start her career and support her family back home. Over the years she has gradually learnt about the different cultures and backgrounds of people from all over the world, which has helped her perform extremely well in her job. Earlier this year, Gulanara was promoted to Assistant Concession Manager of the cosmetics section at Harvey Nichols. Her responsibilities are to look after the staff, solving customer complaints, organise the merchandise and manage the daily running of the store.

" In spite of all the competition at Mall of the Emirates, customers like coming to our store because of its image and the quality service we provide. I take satisfaction in knowing that I am an integral part of creating this image. "

Hala Alboza
Store Manager
Stella McCartney
Al Tayer Insignia

Hala has joined Al Tayer Insignia in July 2006 as a Sales Person for Ounass. She is now managing a full sales team and drives the day to day operations of the Stella McCartney boutique. In the near future, Hala sees herself as an active member of the senior team, being involved in business plans and strategies for the brand.

"What I like the most about Al Tayer Group is how communication is connecting departments, divisions and people together. Information is shared at all levels and that is what keeps people motivated.

My experience at Al Tayer Insignia is positively influencing many aspects of my life. I manage a team whose members are from different nationalities, cultures and backgrounds. I enjoy the opportunity to train and mould them to succeed.

I open myself up to others and share my passion, inspiration and dedication, which to me are the keys to success."

Mewan Wickramesinghe
Area Services Manager
Land Rover and Jaguar
Al Tayer Motors

"When I moved to the Sheikh Zayed Road branch I had a team of twelve people. Today, I head a team of 120 people, which has been a wonderful learning experience for me."

Mewan Wickramesinghe joined Al Tayer Motors in September 2002 as a Service Advisor. Born and brought up in Dubai, Mewan pursued his Bachelors is Automotive Systems Engineering in London. During this period he landed himself an internship with Al Tayer Motors, where he gained the much required hands-on experience. On completion of the degree course, he was absorbed by the company for a full-time role. Mewan is now the Area Services Manager for Land Rover brands at the Sheikh Zayed Road Branch.

" Over the years I have grown with the company. In terms of business, the company has grown twelve fold in the last three years and expanded from a single location to multiple locations in multiple cities. When I moved to the Sheikh Zayed Road branch I had a team of twelve people. Today, I head a team of 120 people, which has been a wonderful learning experience for me.

My personal growth rate over the past three to four years has been very rapid. Looking ahead I would like to take on a larger responsibility; managing an area rather than a location is a challenge I look forward to. I want my company and my career to continue progressing at the current rate. "

Reah Barquez
Promoter
Ghadeer Trading
Al Tayer Al Tijariya

"While my job can be strenuous, what I like about my job is that it is not like a regular office job; here you get to meet new and interesting people all the time."

Reah Barquez joined the Al Tayer Group in March 2004 as a Promoter. In her current role, she gets assigned to work in different outlets during a promotional campaign. When not promoting the brand, she works at the Areej store in the Mall of the Emirates.

" As one of the senior promoters who studied advertising in college, I am usually given the added responsibility of creating a presentation and handing it over to my manager as part of the marketing report for our suppliers.

While my job can be strenuous, what I like about my job is that it is not like a regular office job; here you get to meet new and interesting people all the time.

To be a promoter, one has to have good communication skills, be responsible, flexible with regards to timings and most importantly have very good product knowledge. Working for Al Tayer Group has been a very good experience as the company has been growing rapidly and the management takes care of the welfare of its employees. "

Fatma Mohmmed Obied
Emiratisation-cum-GR Coordinator
Group support services
Al Tayer Group

"As times change, Emaratis are keener on working in the private sector. It is my desire to help Emaratis to work hard and grow as there are a lot of opportunities for us. "

Fatma Mohmmed Obied joined Al Tayer Group in 2005 with the sales team for Areej in Mercato mall. In 2007 she was promoted to Store Supervisor before being transferred to the head office as an Emiratisation assistant in the Emiratisation department. Her responsibilities include conducting interviews for Emarati job seekers, solving problems and providing encouragement and support to Emarati employees once they have joined the company. In January 2011, Fatma was promoted as Emiratisation - cum - GR Coordinator, she manages both Emiratisation & GR activites.

" As times change, Emaratis are keener on working in the private sector. It is my desire to help Emaratis to work hard and grow as there are a lot of opportunities for us. When conducting the interviews I look for communication skills, a minimum English speaking ability but most importantly a genuine interest to work.

I want to set an example for other Emaratis to see, learn and grow as I have done. I recommend all my friends and relatives to join Al Tayer Group as my personal experience has been very good. In fact, my brother recently joined the Al Tayer Group in sales and I am hopeful that my sister will also follow in our footsteps. "



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