Huda Janahi with Her Excellency Sheikha Sabika bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa
Huda Janahi with His Excellency the Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Khalifa Al Khalifa
The name 'Huda Janahi" not only conjures up the image of a successful businesswoman, it also tells a tale of an Arab housewife who dared to challenge the male dominated business sector and managed to surpass many and become an icon of success for millions of aspiring women world wide.
Huda Janahi, was a housewife. She graduated from the Investment Promotion & Enterprise Development Program in the year 2001 conducted by UNIDO-ITPO Bahrain, better known as the Bahrain Model of Investment Promotion & Enterprise Creation, through it's Arab Regional Center for Entrepreneurship and Investment Training (ARCEIT). She selected a business idea, "Transport and Cargo Services", which is normally a male dominated business worldwide. At the very first instance, the business registration authorities rejected the idea by claiming , "This business is not for women". Despite various odds against her business proposition, with the continuous interventions and counselling support provided by UNIDO-ITPO / ARCEIT office in Bahrain, she managed not only to establish her business, but furthermore, after a period of 5 years, the name 'Huda Janahi' became synonymous of a successful business woman.
Starting her business "Global Cargo" with a small office, a staff of two persons and an initial investment of $4000, today she is managing business assets worth around $3 million, leading one of the biggest cargo and travel services in Bahrain with 28 professional field staff, in addition to promoting and managing eight new companies in the region.
Her business includes cargo clearing and heavy transportation, freight forwarding (Air-Sea-Land), custom clearance & delivery services, transportation & inter-airport trucking, GCS refrigerated transport, bonded warehouse, agent representation, packing & remov
als, bulk posting & promotional distribution, travel arrangements, worldwide health and spa arrangement, cruise booking, car rental arrangement, exhibition and conference arrangement, chartered flights etc. One of her most recent and important companies is the Regional Trading & Advertisement (RTE). RTE trading is an official Grand Prix merchandise and import company engaged in marketing campaign related to a full range of Formula 1 merchandise, trading in import, export and sale of jewellery and pearls as well as public relations & media in Bahrain and throughout the G.C.C.
During her journey towards success, she received numerous recognitions and awards from various institutions, business forums and magazines, namely "The Covert Mohammed
Bin Rashid Award for the Young Business Leaders, in the Best Start-up Business for the year 2005", and recently the prestigious "Investor of the Year Award 2005" in the category of Young Innovative Entrepreneur, organized on February 13th 2006 in Jordan presented by the Organization for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD). She was also ranked 46 by Forbes Magazine in their list of the 50 most powerful Arab businesswomen.
Huda Janahi receiving an award from H.E. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Makhtoum