A Conversation with Abdulla Al Gurg, Group General Manager

The U.A.E. has been significantly shaped by the ambition and success of its merchant families. Provided with unique opportunities for growth by a visionary government, many family businesses have matured into widely diversified conglomerates that reach far beyond the confines of their home country. The Al Gurg family is undoubtedly one of the most successful examples. Over half a century ago, H.E. Easa Saleh Al Gurg established his family business in 1960. Today, Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group LLC (ESAG) includes 24 companies spanning various sectors, and is the regional partner of over 370 international brands, such as world renowned Siemens, British American Tobacco, Dunlop, 3M, and Unilever.

With all its business success, ESAG has always been discreet about its growth and internationalisation. In Dubai, the Group is best known for its dedication to community. From complimentary yoga classes for their employees, to organising an annual beach cleanup, the Al Gurg family focuses on meaningfully engaging the community so to create opportunities for individuals and organisations to prosper. All three generations of the family champion various charitable and CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) activities.

Tharawat spoke to third generation family member and Group General Manager of Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group, Abdulla Al Gurg, about joining the company, why community matters, and why efforts must be directed towards preserving values.