CW In Focus | Al Ansari's Adnan Nalwala on construction, comedy

How does Omani contractor Al Ansari's top boss manage simultaneous careers in engineering and stand-up comedy?

Thanks to his extensive stand-up comedy experience, Indian born Adnan Nalwala is perhaps one of the funniest men in the Middle East’s construction sector in 2019 – but how did his journey in comedy start, and what is his take on the construction market?

Adnan Nalwala is executive director of Al Ansari Trading Enterprise, a company based out of Oman and the UAE.

Founded in 1975, the Al Ansari Trading group operates in three verticals – construction, building materials, and engineering products. As such, its umbrella of entities includes familiar names such as Natural Stone Oman and UAE and Akar Technical Services.

But Nalwala is not your usual construction CEO. Some managers play golf and some go hiking, but Nalwala’s way to unwind is to work even more – only in the spotlight instead of the construction site.

A pragmatic approach to his side-career has helped Nalwala in construction too, and while the last 12 months have not been without challenges, Nalwala explains that a new philosophy and approach must now be adopted for companies to successfully do business.

In this episode of Construction Week In Focus, Neha Bhatia, editor of Construction Week, shares insights from CW's recent interview with Nalwala

Construction Week In Focus is a twice-weekly bulletin of the Middle East's top news from the real estate development and contracting sectors. The series is hosted on Construction Week's YouTube channel, alongside weekly series published by its sister titles. The latter includes MEP Engineered by MEP Middle EastFM Live by facilities management Middle East, and Heavy Metal by PMV Middle East.

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