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Tej Kohli

2 years ago

Ozone Real Estate, Abu Dhabi’s architectural cool

The world’s top architects are flocking to Abu Dhabi. To name but a few stunning projects, which are under construction, Frank Gehry, who designed the striking Guggenheim gallery in Bilbao, has styled Abu Dhabi’s Guggenheim art gallery on Saadiyat Island, a new cultural hub and will also have a performing arts centre by Zaha Hadid and Sir Norman Foster will be directing the design of the Zayed National Museum. Tej Kohli considers that this dedication to quality and aesthetics shows Abu Dhabi’s commitment to become a destination where quality of life is at its focus.

2 years ago

Ozone Real Estate, Dubai’s superlatives

Completed in 2010, the Burj Khalifa at 830m is the world’s tallest building and announces Dubai’s ambition to be a major economic force. The glittering towers of this powerhouse within the United Arab Emirates are a testament to the dynamism of its real estate and construction industries, which have successfully weathered the financial storm that hit the globe in 2008. It not only has the tallest building, Dubai also hosts Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping mall with over 1,200 shops. Tej Kohli believes this Emirate of superlatives has a bright future.

2 years ago

Ozone Real Estate, Abu Dhabi’s bid for culture vultures

Tourism and Development and Investment Company (TDIC) at Saadiyat Island is developing a new cultural hub that is set to eclipse in scale and ambition similar cultural icons such as Bilbao’s Guggenheim. Its Cultural District will have major iconic cultural buildings, encompassing the Louvre Abu Dhabi (which will be the first to complete in 2015), Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and Zayed National Museum. It is anticipated that this new cultural hub will put Abu Dhabi at the top of the culture vultures list of destinations. Tej Kohli highlights that this will have a positive impact on the city state’s dynamic real estate market.

2 years ago

Ozone Real Estate, Sun rises over Abu Dhabi

When most people think of Abu Dhabi they think of oil. But the Emirate has made great strides and diversified away from oil and is set to become a beacon for renewable energy and sustainability. Being built as a new district of the city state is Masdar City, a $22 billion planned city, principally designed by Foster & Partners, that will rely on solar energy and other renewable energy sources. This vision is close to Tej Kohli’s heart, who believes that a challenging vision is fundamental to great progress. When complete, the city is expected to use 70% less electricity and 60% less water than a conventional city. Sustainable features abound: a wall to keep out the dry desert wind, buildings are clustered together and trees planted to provide shade, passive design help keeps buildings cool and there’s an efficient public transport system, including automated pod transport cars. 

2 years ago

Ozone Real Estate, Abu Dhabi and Dubai

Small villages on the desert shores of the Persian Gulf dependent on mainly pearl fishing 60 years ago or so, within a generation have turned into dynamic city states of glittering towers. Oil helped the transformation, but now it is only a part of the story. Businesses such as financial services, tech and now tourism are flourishing. And Dubai and Abu Dhabi are making their mark with, for example, Dubai building the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, which is a staggering 830m high, and Abu Dhabi creating a new cultural hub, which will include a Frank Ghery designed Guggenheim art museum. Tej Kohli has recognised the strides made by these dynamic Emirates and set up in Abu Dhabi Ozone Real Estate to serve their strong real estate markets.

2 years ago

Tej Kohli, Sir Richard Branson

Sir Richard is a great role model for budding entrepreneurs. He started at the age of 16 with a student magazine and then developed a record mail order business. Taking selling records further, he went into retailing big time with a chain of record stores that became Virgin Megastores. Never one to stand still, this serial entrepreneur took his Virgin brand and business acumen to the airline industry, Virgin Atlantic, financial services, Virgin Money, and many more business sectors, including developing commercial space tourism with Virgin Galactic. This shows what can be achieved through committed entrepreneurial ambition. Tej Kohli recently had the privilege of meeting Sir Richard Branson at his private retreat on Necker Island.

2 years ago

Tej Kohli, Richard Branson

The boldness of Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial space line, should be applauded by all. Sir Richard Branson and the team of dedicated engineers, scientists, pilots and all involved in the quest to become the first to commercialise space for tourists serves as an inspiration for those involved in business. On a recent visit to Necker Island, Tej Kohli was able to commend Sir Richard Branson on overcoming the difficult challenge of space travel and his great entrepreneurial spirit. After all, the major business success stories of today started off with one or a small group of people who decided to tackle hard challenges. And despite setbacks they won out, benefiting all of us. 

2 years ago

Tej Kohli, Global

Tej Kohli believes that connectivity is crucial to economic opportunity. Sellers need to connect with buyers. Technical innovation rarely takes place in a vacuum – with ideas propagating from one area to another. Unbelievably, at the end of 2013 there were 3.4 billion unique mobile phone subscribers, equivalent to just under half the world’s population. This is forecast to grow to 4.3 billion by 2020.  Even more staggering, by 2020 2.3 billion people are anticipated to have mobile internet offering 4G connectivity. Never in world history will so many people have access to information as well as the ability to connect with so many people. This can only provide a major boost to people’s economic prospects and well-being.

2 years ago

Tej Kohli, Global

There are concerns about slow growth for the global economy following news about the Eurozone and the powerhouse of China no longer achieving double-digit growth rates. Therefore the outlook may not be all that rosy. However, let’s look at the recent past. Over a period of 20 years from 1990 to 2010 around a billion people were pulled out of poverty, largely as a result of the growing economies of developing countries. This improvement in people’s wellbeing is unprecedented in human history. Ethiopia, which is remembered in the developed world for famine in the 1980s, has an expanding economy and is following in the wake of Kenya in developing a mobile phone-based digital economy. Such progress was unimaginable back in 1990. In the next 20 years, Tej Kohli believes that most economic opportunities will be found in the developing nations with their young and increasingly connected populations. 

2 years ago

Tej Kohli, Kenya

Kenya’s growing connectivity has led to it to becoming one of Africa’s tech hubs. It has its own ‘Silicon Valley’ in Nairobi, called ‘Silicon Savanah’, where start-ups and venture capital firms are clustered in a plethora of tech centres such as iHub, 88mph and Innovation 4 Africa. Nairobi has also attracted the global tech giants Google, Intel and Microsoft. The indigenous industry is growing fast and is producing apps that are helping Kenyans, including one that helps farmers get a fairer price for their produce. This surge in innovation must be supported and with this in mind, Tej Kohli has held talks with the Kenyan government to invest in the country’s tech sector, which holds the seeds of great future success.