The Emirate of Dubai is synonymous with trade and development. A tiny pearl fishing village on the coast of the Arabian Sea, which over the past few decades has emerged triumphantly to become a world-class international city. Dubai now stands at the forefront of regional development and its outstanding growth must be attributed to the amazing vision and foresight of the late ruler H.H. Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, who undoubtedly laid the foundations for the prosperity that has followed within the Emirate. This success has been enhanced still further by his offspring and in particular the current ruler H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum who has been responsible for the Emirate of Dubai reaching even higher levels of recognition and economic progress. The development of Dubai has been quite phenomenal and I, my company, and my colleagues are proud to have been a part of this economic evolution. It is companies like ours who have contributed to the growth of this wonderful city which has allowed the Group to expand into a diverse range of activities thus generating both employment opportunities and prosperity. Much of our success, I think, has been due to our innovative approach to conducting business. The main reason for our progress has been our pioneering spirit and willingness to step into areas at the time unknown to us, whilst not sacrificing either our integrity or commitment to excellence.
From humble beginnings the Albwardy group has now become an organization that is recognized for its quality of service, management overall commitment and reliability. Through teamwork and partnership we have succeeded in establishing a reputation as a group that represents only the very best in its particular field. Our supermarket group Spinneys today is a household name and so are the products that we distribute be they Nestle, Kraft, Maggi, Dettol, Kleenex, Heinz, Colgate or Libbys. Our companies such as Pacman CCL, Nasco Karaoglan, Albwardy Marine or Technical Resources now hold the reputation of being amongst the leaders in their highly specialized industries and fields of expertise. Our hotels in different parts of the world are operated by some of the leading management companies such as Four Seasons, Hyatt, Melia, Para Aquum and Rydes.