SMC traces its roots to the vision of one man, our legendary founder, Mr. Badih Al Habil, who pursued what he believed was his best way of contributing to the country he adopted as his own.
Born in Syria in the early 1930s, Mr. Badih Al Habil was the epitome of frugality and hard work right from childhood. He lived through the horrors of World War II and knew what it was like to miss out on formal education. Yet, he allowed life’s difficulties to effectively educate him and transform him into a conscientiously wise man. He migrated to Kuwait in the early 1960’s, where he started as a salesman of sanitary wares in one of the prominent showrooms and quickly grasped the rudiments of business.
In 1971, he moved to Abu Dhabi where he started a side street shop selling sanitary materials using his life-savings. Gifted with a keen foresight, he saw what the developing city needed and introduced the ROCA Sanitario brand into the country just a year later. With his long-term vision, he saw the future with Hansgrohe and quickly became its exclusive agent in the UAE. Since then, he has helped Hansgrohe grow in the GCC in the last 50 years, having discerned at the earliest that it was a brand that would one day become a business empire in itself. His subsequent business partnership with the late Dr. Mohammad Khamis Al Rumaithy proved to be a decisive move that would signal the company’s meteoric rise to a preeminent industry status.
Through the cycle of crunch times and stiff competitions, Mr. Al Habil stayed ahead of the game with his tested formula of hard work and perseverance. A firm believer in fairness and integrity, Mr. Al Habil served as a shining example of good leadership. Until his last days, he was a father figure to many, a teacher passing on his legacy and indomitable spirit to the company and to everyone who interacted with him.
A true student of life, Mr. Al Habil became an inspiring lesson on how a lack of formal education is not a hindrance to becoming educated; that success is built and respect is earned not in the halls of a university but in the practical school of life. His business achievements are strongly matched by his philanthropy as proven by his steadfast support to charities and causes close to his heart. A deep sense of loyalty and affinity towards the people who surround him was a compelling driving force that made the pursuit of business success a worthwhile experience for everyone.
We owe the very fabric of our company life to Mr. Al Habil who gave his all to the success of every individual whom he took under his wings. We who had the privilege of witnessing a principled soul in action can only bless others by sharing the story of our glorious founder even long after he has passed away.
By this, we acknowledge that our present success is a legacy underpinned by the inspiration of a man who still lives in our collective experience and whose enduring work and life ethics still buoy up our business through the changing fortunes of times. Remembering our founder, is also our way of assuring all our stake holders that our journey is sure because we’re following timeless values that lead to lasting success.
Mr. Badih Al Habil, passed away on the 17th of July 2014 at the ripe old age of 84 years. Although he is not with us today, his spirit and legacy live on at SMC.May God Bless his soul.
Ahmed Mohamed Al Rumaithy
Chairman of RIG