Interview with Fayez Al Harbi, Managing Director of Al Harbi Holding, KSA

Third generation Saudi family business Al Harbi Holding was founded in 1965 and has since evolved from a construction company into a diversified conglomerate, which is currently managed and owned by the Al Harbi family members. From airports, highways, bridges and complex concrete structures to residential buildings, the family business has engaged in crucial projects furthering the Kingdom’s infrastructural growth. In an interview with Fayez Al Harbi, Managing Director of Al Harbi Holding, Tharawat magazine discovers how this family business is building its competitive advantage on a fast growing economy.

When did you join the family business and what were your reasons to do so?

I officially joined the company way back in 1996. Prior to that, I went through several on-the-job trainings within the company during my summer vacations. I started doing various jobs in several departments in order to become familiar with the system and the in-and-outs of the business. I went through all of these experiences under the tutelage and scrutiny of my father and the supervision of department heads.

My father Abdullah Al Harbi, the founder of Al Harbi Trading & Contracting Company, instilled into our young minds that any endeavour becomes easy to achieve through hard work, dedication, and cooperation of all family members. With that moral lesson in mind, we felt it our obligation as his sons to join the family business and develop it into a bigger and stronger company. Now, the family business is not only at the forefront of the construction industry in the Kingdom but also evolved into Al Harbi Holding.