|Location||Upcoming Cycle||Final Deadline||Start Date||End Date|
|Cairo||Cairo – Cycle 12||Sep 01, 2018||Jan 15, 2019||Apr 15, 2019||Apply Now|
|Jeddah||Jeddah – Cycle 9|
|Abu Dhabi||AD – Cycle 4|
|Beirut||Beirut – Cycle 3||Oct 05, 2018||Nov 15, 2018||Apr 15, 2019||Apply Now|
|Tunis||Tunis – Cycle 3||Jun 30, 2018||Sep 15, 2018||Jan 15, 2019||Apply Now|
|Bahrain||Bahrain – Cycle 2||Oct 10, 2018||Nov 21, 2018||Mar 06, 2019||Apply Now|
I always had a passion for art and kept a booklet of my drawing when I was a child. This passion developed to become an interest in interior design. Therefore I studied interior design in America and graduated with a bachelor in interior design.
During my studies in America I was required for internship from the university in my last year. Therefore during the last semester of university I applied for a part time job at IKEA in Los Angeles to the interior design department. I wanted something more related to my studies but at that time there was only a job available in logistics. I took on the job in logistics department in unloading. This was my first job, as I must say was challenging physically. The most challenging part of this job was the late starting hours (after store closing) and ended up after midnight. In addition to that I had to commute between two cities as my university was in another city.
I also wanted to get myself exposed to other businesses.
Therefore joggling two jobs at the same time I was nominated to become the Managing Director of my family fashion business. This exposure gave me a new view on retail and was really a good experience. The business suffered during the economic crises in 2009 and therefore it was a challenge having it survive during that time. Difficult decisions were taken to close down part of the brands but it had to happen. But as they say you learn a lot even during failures.
During the above phase I also sat on the board of IKEA. I have managed to build my career within IKEA Saudi Arabia with a limited amount of time. I started from an interior designer moving my way through different departments and positions to Retail Operations Manager and now to Deputy General Manager/Executive Director.