Interview with Oweis Zahran
Today, we are interviewing Oweis Zahran @oweis.zahran , the dynamic entrepreneur in the automotive industry, Oweis Zahran is the force behind launching innovative solutions in this sector in the Middle East. Born and educated in the USA, Oweis has a strong affinity to this region since his father set-up businesses in the UAE under MZ Holdings in the early 90s. The Holding company’s 16 subsidiaries, in three continents, are primarily in the field of equipment supply, industrial manufacturing, automotive R&D, oil and gas as well as construction.
From setting up the largest auto remanufacturing unit in the UAE and expanding it to seven countries, to developing exclusive auto solutions with international celebrities, to launching a joint venture with the Government of Sharjah, Oweis, at the age of 28, manages three of its companies that include OWS Auto, Tatra Middle East and Transaxle ME.
As a serial entrepreneur, Oweis established Rafid Automotive Solutions in 2017 as a joint venture between Sharjah Asset Management and OWS Auto. Today Rafid operates diverse services that includes an accident reporting app, fleet of electric cars and provides vehicle emission testing to quick service and parts supply and more. In 2017, Oweis Zahran also launched Voltron Motors in the UAE and the US with Hollywood actor Tyrese Gibson, mostly known for his roles in The Fast and The Furious franchise. Customizing cars for corporates or individuals, Voltron Motors’ clientele range from Hollywood celebrities to corporate fleets to high profile people in the Middle East.
Question: What interesting thing(s) are you working on at the moment?
Oweis: Launching an Ehailing business (similar to Uber) & launching my capital investment fund.
Question: What is the main reason behind your upcoming early retirement?
Oweis: I’ve started my career early so why not finish early? I work on fitting 3 years of work in 3 months. It doesn’t always work but gets me very far into my overall goal.
Question: What has become more important to you in the last few years and what has become less important?
Oweis: My perception of myself has become a priority VS previously it was the perception of others I was trying to please.
Question: What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?
Oweis: I love what I do. I love helping people grow and leading them to better futures. I would say the motivation of the 700+ families that rely on OWS is what keeps it exciting for me.
Question: What are you most likely to become famous for?
Oweis: My relentless hustle and disruptive thought process which will place me as one of the youngest billionaires.
Question: What’s the best thing you got from your parents?
Oweis: The understanding that you don’t need more than 4 hours of sleep. Success doesn’t wait for you to wake up.
Question: How was your childhood?
Oweis: I grew up in the ghetto of Brooklyn New York and on government aid. So my childhood was very rough at times.
Question: What is your motto for life?
Oweis: You can’t be a little bit pregnant. You either are or aren’t. This is how I run my life, not on half decisions but on completion!
You can’t be a little bit pregnant. You either are or aren’t.