10 on the Weekend: Abdelrhman Hamdy
Ten On The Weekend is a weekly (-ish) feature in IMI, the concept of which is simple: Each time, we ask the same ten questions of a different industry figure, letting readers get to know the interviewee on a more personal and informal level than they might in an ordinary business setting.
Our guest this week is Abdelrahman Hamdy of VizaReview.
How do you spend your weekends?
My hometown, Hurghada, is one of the best places to travel to in Egypt. I tend to spend my weekends by the sea with my family. I always try to keep the weekends for them, gathering for barbecues or to have a coffee by the sea. The views and the sounds are so serene, giving you the inner peace you need to recharge and refocus on your goals.
What are your top three business goals this year?
Usually, I don’t talk about my goals as I believe achieving them is better than talking about them. However, from a motivational perspective, I’ll talk about them here.
One of my top goals is to help Arabs get correct information on our industry, aiming to cover the whole MENA area with our platform, VizaReview, which is distinguished as being the first source in the Arabic language for immigration and investors news.
My second goal is to support the industry’s integrity with all the tools and the official connections that we have.
My third goal is to achieve the goals of our sponsor companies, which give us the support to give the right information from its source to our people in the MENA area.
What’s your biggest business concern right now?
Industry integrity is my biggest business concern. We deliver the official information to our Arab audience, but some companies manipulate that information and issue fake or non-existent offers.
Which book is on your nightstand right now?
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.
How and when did you get into the investment migration industry?
It was early 2016. I was working in investment banking and I became interested in immigration. I then started honing my experience through reading and searching for investment migration data to increase my knowledge.
What was your proudest moment as a service provider?
One of my proudest moments was when I had a coffee break with my friend and some friends of his. They were talking about immigration and one of the people there said proudly that he had a highly reliable source for immigration updates of all kinds in Arabic. The source he was talking about was VizaReview, the platform I founded.
Which investment migration market development has surprised you the most in the last year?
It was the offer of Ora Caribbean and Elevay that changed the whole idea of real estate investment migration options in the Caribbean. It’s a trusted offer from a company of one of the most iconic Egyptian businessmen who’d studied the area and concluded that it will be a good investment for him and for anyone who will invest with him in his projects in Grenada.
If you could go ten years back in time, what business decision would you change?
I am who I am. Business is always changing in response to global circumstances. Smart people always keep their knowledge up-to-date. Knowledge is power.
What investment migration industry personality do you most admire?
There are many leaders of our industry who are always looking forward and working to keep our industry clean. I’d like to salute them.
If all goes according to plan, what will you be doing five years from now?
I’ll keep doing good work with the correct information for all of our Arabic readers, providing all the agents in our industry with the tools they need to stay updated.