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Waraa Al Woojooh - Jamil Wafa | وراء الوجوه - جميل وفا

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This immensely successful show, that featured intimate interviews, was both produced and hosted by Ricardo. Adopting the face-to-face formula was a calculated smart move that allowed Ricardo to probe his subjects in greater depth. Jamil Amin Wafa, chairman and chief executive of the Unitag Group, has been the architect of one of Bahrain's big success stories and continues to display the same enthusiasm and dedication today as he did when he launched the group in 1974. Unitag is involved in businesses as varied as travel, insurance, currency exchange, advertising and public relations, industrial catering, engineering and trading - and that's not an exhaustive list! Wafa was not born with the proverbial silver spoon; instead his formative years were characterised by poverty and adversity. Growing up as an orphan, he was forced to flee his native Palestine. He moved to Kuwait where he joined the travel division of the Al Ghanim Group, general sales agent for BOAC (now British Airways) in 1950. His post of junior clerk earned him the princely salary of 300 rupees a month (about US$8 at today's rates), but it got him started in a career he loved. "There was no time for despair," recalls Wafa. "The burnt out office was a heart-rending sight but I was determined none of my customers would be inconvenienced." It was to prove the turning point in his life and career. And here, started the journey! He has come a long way, but for those with similar ambitions of making it to the top, Wafa has some simple advice: "There is no magic formula for success. If you are on the right track, you can never go wrong."