The day started at Hessah Al Mubarak Towers Project Centre, where the Candidates met United Real Estate Company team (URC). Mr. Hamad Al Mulaifi the Director of Sales and Marketing Department welcomed the Candidates and introduced his team. Mr. Hamad Al Mulaifi introduced “Dhahyat Hessah Al Mubarak” project and briefed the Candidates on its vision and current stage. Mr. Hamad also mentioned the fact that Hessah Al Mubarak is the first privately owned area in Kuwait and presented to the Candidates the models of both High and low rise buildings. He further spoke about the prices of the apartments and the project’s target audience.
Following that, URC team splitted the Candidates to 5 teams and then presented the first challenge of the day, where the Candidates needed to create a sales and marketing strategy for “Dhahyat Hessah Al Mubarak” project to attract investors and buyers. Halfway through the challenge, the Candidates were requested to stop working on the challenge as it was time to move to the next location for the day.
The Candidates met again at Marina Hotel where they were greeted by Marina World team. Everyone enjoyed a light brunch and networking before kicking off the second part of the day. Marina World team gave an introduction about Marina Mall history and they conclude the presentation with presenting to the Candidates the second Challenge of the day. The second challenge was to create a long term plan for Marina crescent during summer season.
The Candidates had only one hour to work on both challenges and then pitch it for a panel consisting of higher management from both URC and Marina World. To name few of the panel judges: Mr. Hamad AlMulaifi – Director of Sales and Marketing at URC, Mr. Rashed Hamadah – Regional Property Manager at URC, Mr. Samir Harmouche – Chief Property Management Officer, and Abdulaziz AlNasser – Operation Manager at Marina World. After that, each group presented their ideas to the panel and in return received a very honest feedback. The panel was impressed with few of the groups’ ideas however they were expecting much more. Both Mentors Shamlan AlBahar and Mohammed AlMunaikh at the end reflected with the Candidates on the day and spoke about what went wrong and how they can avoid it in the future.
Later on the day, the Candidates met the traveller Ms. Mariam Al Sultan at AUK, where she started the session asking the Candidates to guess what she does in life. Then, she introduced herself and spoke about her experiences in life. Ms. Mariam started talking about her first experience in participating in a Marathon in North Korea, she told the Candidates the story that carried all the obstacles and the challenges she faced in order to participate in that Marathon. Ms. Mariam then told them about the most difficult project she worked on in Iraq, and how she did not expect herself to be working for something in Iraq after Kuwait Invasion in 1990. Yet, she was and still proud that she was serving humanity.
Also, Ms. Mariam told the Candidates about her unique experience in bungee jumping, where she jumped over an active volcano. She also spoke about her experiences in different places around the world, such as Mauritania, Venezuela, Latin America, Algeria, Albania, Afghanistan and Damascus. She mentioned that the places she visited were not safe to visit, yet she was courageous and curious enough to travel and explore. She told the Candidates that she has her own statement about travelling, which is “Travelling shapes who you are”. Adding to that, she said that travelling takes parts from you and adds another parts. Ms. Mariam concluded her talk by sharing her learning with the Candidates, saying that it’s important to fix broken things rather than throwing them away.
Proceeding with the day, the Candidates met Generation 1 Protege Ms. Fai Al Omran who has passion for filmmaking. Mentor Shamlan Al Bahar introduced Ms. Fai Al Omran to the Candidates and spoke briefly about her career life. She then carried on the session talking more about her passion and what led her to where she is now. Protege Fai spoke about her first volunteering experience, in which she witnessed filmmaking and learnt a lot. She said at that time, she did not really care about the salary as much as her experience. Protege Fai believed that one must not put any limits to what he/she wants to achieve in his/her life. She further said that one must advocate him/herself not to be afraid from trying. She spoke about her experience as a producer assistant at VFX company, and that she had learnt a lot from her position by making the best she can out of the opportunity. Also, she said that utilizing the resources and the opportunities around her had helped her a lot in her career life. She emphasized on the importance of teamwork, and she said that her team had helped her in funding her first short film production.
Protege Fai concluded by talking about the obstacles she faced and explained to the Candidates how she overcame them. She also said that “Asking is the best way of getting things done”, and that she would always ask the people around her for their help when she needs it.