As man of vision Sheikh Saud Al Qassemi was one of the pillars in the development of the Emirate of Sharjah along with the Royal Family. A visionary businessman, he spotted an opportunity in the construction industry and was one of the pioneers in developing the skyline of Sharjah.
After spending his formative years in India and Kuwait, Sheikh Saud Al Qassemi moved back to Kuwait education office in the 1960’s. Following his visionary zeal, and a strong belief in the idea of ‘Tawajud’ or presence in many areas, he entered the real estate market, moved into retail and finally become a respected investor in the stock market.
A respected business leader, Sheikh Saud Al Qassemi has been associated as the founding member of numerous prestigious companies and banking institutions in the UAE including Emaar, Al Zahra Hospital, First Gulf Bank and National Bank of Umm Al Quwain to name a few. Sheikh Saud Al Qassemi was also a man of many interests.
Besides being a great lover of literature and poetry, he was also an avid Boy Scout. In fact, one of the most treasured moments in his life was when he personally worked with Sir Baden Powell, founder of the world scout movement. He had two other big passions. One was travel, to pursue which he had been to most parts of the world. The other was supporting charitable causes. An area where he will be fondly remembered for the numerous orphanages and schools he supported in his lifetime and which continue to be supported in his name today.