My heart, my soul and all my sincerity is for this country – Ajiaz Ahmad Sarfaraz

Shakeel Ahmad Khan
Sunday, February 18, 2018

“By serving this great country for more than three decades, I feel that the word ‘great’ fully applies to the government and people of Kuwait with their great humanitarian values and helping attitude, which are of benefit to everyone living in this country”, vouches Mr Aijaz Ahmad Sarfaraz , Chairman, Sahara Kuwait Group of Companies.

With more than 1000 staff working for his companies in Kuwait, Mr Aijaz promises his heart, his soul and all his sincerity is always there for this country.

Landed in Kuwait back in 1984 with a strong instinct, futuristic outlook, indomitable will, unconquerable will and burning passion, Mr Aijaz today maintain a close rapport with key people at the highest levels in the Government of Kuwait and has great respect and honor for Kuwait and its people.

He believes that Kuwait is a great country for one to prosper in business through commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. His versatile personality, leadership, relentless effort and passion for excellence have established Sahara Air-Conditioning Company as a brand in Kuwait. Aijaz is a simple and humble person who likes to maintain a low profile. All the success that he has achieved in life, has not changed him at all as he is a proudly connected to his roots and family traditions despite of his pioneered and modern approach.

Started his career in Kuwait with NAMESCO Kuwait under the leadership of Mr. Mukarram Khan who trained and groomed him very well, Aijaz later joined Gulf Engineering Company as a Junior Supervisor and soon he was promoted to Maintenance Projects Manager. He was very trusted employee of the Company and shared a good relation with Mr. Marwan Boodai, Mr. Jassim Boodai, Mr. Khalid Naiem and all staff of the top management.

His astute mind spotted potential in the Air-Conditioning business and he established Sahara air-conditioning company in 1995 with limited staff and capital. Since then, he has travelled a long path of success in his career and he has put his heart, soul and mind in developing this business. His farsightness, persistence and business acumen soon began yielding excellent results. Through dedication and hard work, Mr. Aijaz successfully catapulted Sahara Air-Conditioning Company into one of the leading companies of Kuwait. The company specialized in the design, supply, installation & maintenance of air-conditioning systems for residential, commercial, industrial and for oil sectors.

Looking for achieving the highest quality and diversifying the business, he started along with his brother Mr. Zafar Akhtar Royal International Company in 2005 which is specialized in air-conditioning, refrigeration, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and general trading. In addition to Sahara Air-Conditioning and Royal International, Eternity Travels & Tourism, Sahara Kuwait Real Estate are also part of Sahara Kuwait Group of Companies.

Currently Mr. Aijaz is managing a business empire spread all over Kuwait and employs more than 1000 people of many nationalities.

Hailing from Lucknow, a multicultural city that flourished as a North Indian cultural and artistic hub, Mr. Sarfaraz was born into a middle class family and had to struggle a lot after losing his father at the age of twelve. His mother Saeeda Khatoon, a strong lady with a great deal of will power, cared him with the best education despite her very limited resources. Her sincere efforts provided him the base & foundation for his success.
Remembering the painful memories of the Iraqi invasion, Mr. Aijaz feels that his existence during those days was put to good use to help this great country. During that period no efforts were spared in offering support to this country. In collaboration with his Kuwaiti and non-Kuwaiti friends, Mr. Aijaz sought to ensure the operation and functioning of telephone exchanges, clinics, hospitals, national bakeries, and the distribution of food and other necessities to those in need. His sincere efforts also played a very important role in protecting the head office of Boodai Corporation and most of the assets of the group. Mr. Jasim Boodai, Mr. Marwan Boodai, Mr. Tariq Abdul Kareem and Mr. Abdullah Bou Qammas, Directors of Boodai Corporation, appreciated his hard work & support in restarting the operation of all Boodai Group soon after the liberation of Kuwait and reviving its business activities.

If there is one thing that Mr. Aijaz is reticent about, it is his contribution to charities. A humble and unassuming person in spite of all his success, he believes that it is his duty to give back to society. A philanthropist to the core, he donates generously to noble humanitarian causes but prefers to maintain a cloak of anonymity. Sahara Educational & Social Work Foundation, the philanthropic branch of the Sahara Company was launched few years ago for his mission of education, medical and social support. Presently the foundation is running a small education center, free of cost, for over 120 poor village children in one of his adopted villages in India.

Mr. Aijaz inherited most of his qualities from his great mother. The courage to swim against the tide, the ability to adapt to the new age but at the same adhere to traditions – both moral and religious were qualities that he imbibed from her. The credit of his success also goes to his mentor Mr. Mohammad Younus Salim, a well-known scholar, seasoned politician and former Governor for the State of Bihar, who was like a great father to him. Describing his close association with Mr. Younus, He says: His wisdom, his innovative ideas, his noble gestures and his way of thinking were all a great source of inspiration to me.

He feels a sense of pride in owning that his success is also due to the support, patience and guidance of his wife Mrs. Shagufta Qidwai who correctly reads his mind and reflects his ambitions and aspirations in every way. Married to Mrs. Shagufta Qidwai, the couple has been blessed with two children: Nidal Ahmad and Bilal Ahmad. Nidal Ahmad completed his Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Dundee, Scotland and Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Management from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Currently he is under-training in Sahara Air-Conditioning Company. Bilal Ahmad completed his Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering and currently pursuing a Masters Degree at the University of Dundee in Scotland.

The simple story of his life goes to show that situation and circumstances will not stop anyone reaching to the pinnacle of success if he/she has a great deal of will power, honesty and sincerity in his/her efforts as “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

Mr. Shakeel Ahmad Khan - is presently working with Embassy of India, Kuwait. After having graduated from Jamia Millia Islamia, he has worked with many reputed establishments such as Bridges to International Knowledge, Kuwait Network Electronic Technology, Alshaya Perfumes Kuwait, Times of India New Delhi in various capacities and positions.

Express your comment on this article

Biju Mohan
Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018

After reading this pampered-feature of a person, I fail to understand the purpose of it at the first place. Also, so much of superlative praise is not an ethical report writing. IIK management must review all these points if they care for their own reputation.
Best wishes.........

Posted on Monday, March 5, 2018

Really Great journey of life super & inspiring Mr.Aijaz
May Allah bless him with more wisdom and good health.ameen

Shafi A. Hashim
Posted on Monday, March 5, 2018

Mr. Aijaz sahib’s impressive and humble personality is really role model for many professionals. Credit goes to the author who paid attention to this noble man and highlighted the genuine humanitarian qualities. I also appreciate his writing style. This article would be helpful in documenting the Indians contribution to Kuwait development.

Raji A.
Posted on Sunday, March 4, 2018

Now it's quite clear that you are the king if you have money. it doesn't matter from where and how do you earn money? You can publish any praising articles and you may do all your wish desired by you(wrong or right) by the money. No one are here to find out the facts.The man who became successful (by the money) what he did for the others, for the poor. Ask from those who participated to give that man success, Ask those who worked with him but they are still waiting for their money. Ask to many people who suffered because of that man politics and from other criteria.

Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2018

awe-inspiring write up! Me too landed in Kuwait back in 2013 with a strong instinct, futuristic outlook, indomitable will, unconquerable will and burning passion in my profession. But due to the attitude of some people and draconian laws (that's the term I could comprehend) today I am jobless and have a family to feed! Even after giving 3 month prior notice for non-renewal of contract and spending 4 slogging years my sponsor is not giving me release even I have better job prospects elsewhere. More sordid fact is that even the Shoon (labour court) could release me but my sponsor have the right to hold my license for 1 full year and snatch from me my birthright to earn a livelihood for my family and children. It would be magnificent if stalwarts like Mr.Sarfaraz could take a step in defending and safeguarding the basic rights of many crestfallen Indians like me!

Roy Thomas Lonan
Posted on Friday, February 23, 2018

Your dedication, enthusiasm and insight are really inspiring. I wish you many more years with great achievements.

Dr MU Beg
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018

Mr. aijaz sarfraz is well describeb by Shakeel. Mr. Sarfaraz is soft spoken, soft hearted person, always ready to help others. A true Lucknowite.

Azam Khan
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018

I wish all the very best to Mr. Ajiaz Ahmad Safraz and Sahara for more bright future.

Very well written by Mr Shakeel Ahmad Khan who is also a great personality. Take care.

Binoy Joseph
Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018

Really super & inspiring

Mohammad Hanief
Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2018

Very well described Mr. Aijaz A. Sarfaraz. God bless him and protect him.

Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2018

Mr Aijaz success story is amazing. It is story of hard work and dedication. Mr. Shakeel has captured his success story very well. My congratulations to both of them

Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2018

Great work and tremendous effort to team Sahara..and Mr Shakeel Ahmad Khan??

Jaswinder Singh
Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2018

Congrats ??

Kamal Kumar
Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sincerity in intentions and Hard work in profession always brings big achievemets.
Wish you many more successes in life...

Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2018

We need. Ore people like. Mr. Aijaz in this world.

Farrukh Rahman
Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2018

It’s heartening to read about the roadmap of Mr Ajiaz Ahmad Safraz! May Allah help him as well as his great endeavors in the State of Kuwait and more! We wish him more success!!

Hasan ali khan
Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2018

Excellent write up. I know Mr Ejaz, truly a simple, humble person. May Allah bless him with more wisdom and good health.

Hasan ali khan
Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2018

Excellent write up. I know Mr Ejaz, truly a simple, humble person. May Allah bless him with more wisdom and good health.

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