Beachroad Magazine head to Al Barsha to meet "The Car Guy" Mohamedali Sajjad Rashid, Businessman, Entrepreneur and collector of luxury automobiles.
NAME? // Mohamedali Sajjad Rashid.
YOUR FIRST JOB? // Audit assistant at KPMG.
YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION // We as a family own many businesses. I currently run an investment firm called number 3. We focus on appreciating vehicles, real estate projects that we develop through or company Credo investments, and modern art. Along side that we own several factories and are in the garment, packaging and glass industries, I am also a partner in Milio investments a company involved in the trade of oil and gas.
WHERE DO YOU LIVE IN DUBAI? // I live in a villa in al Barsha 3.
WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO EAT, SHOP, SOCIALIZE IN DUBAI? // My favourite restaurant is Nuser et I am known to frequent there, I also do visit Nobu, Bread Street Kitchen AND P.F. Chang's. I generally hang out around JBR, I prefer to shop in the USA, but generally if I need anything while in the UAE I will visit Mall of the Emirates. Watches are a passion, generally Rolex which i am also known to frequent.
WHAT CARS DO YOU CURRENTLY OWN? // The list is long... here are some of them...
WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON THE SUPERCAR SCENE IN THE UAE? // The UAE is currently picking up in the supercar scene with now the supercar club Arabia and other such clubs popping up, don't get me wrong the car culture in Dubai is crazy and always has been, I mean there are more Ferrari's per square foot in UAE then any county in the world, but the supercar community has only just started having clubs and meets and taking them seriously only quite recently. The future is bright though...
DO YOUR FAMILY SHARE YOUR PASSION FOR CARS? // Yes, my brothers do. We are three of us and all crazy about cars.
WHAT 5 CARS WOULD YOUR DREAM GARAGE CONTAIN? //
HAVE YOU EVER REGRETTED SELLING A CAR? // Yes all of them lol, but the one I regret the most is my Porsche Gemballa Avalanche.
YOUR FAVOURITE AUTOMOTIVE BRAND? // Ferrari.
YOUR FAVOURITE WATCH BRAND? // Rolex and Patek Phillipe.
CARS ASIDE WHAT ARE YOUR OTHER PASSIONS? // Travel, experiencing new cultures, social work.
DO YOU FOLLOW MOTORSPORT? (IF SO WHAT) ? // Formula 1.
IF YOU COULD SPEND A DAY WITH ANY AUTOMOTIVE LEGEND WHO WOULD IT BE? // Bernard Charles Ecclestone.
WHAT ARE THE PRO'S AND CONS OF OWNING A SUPERCAR? // Pro's are many if you are a car guy, the sheer passion alone is enough. The cons well you can't always use them, caring for them costs...
YOUR GREATEST LOVE? // My son Hassan.
YOUR GREATEST FEAR? // Being confined In a small room with no way out.
WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY? // Honestly lol, pushing my father off the bed at age 3 or 4.
WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL AND WHY? // My greatest role model is my father, rags to riches story. Sajjad Rashid his name.
WHAT IS THE LAST GIFT YOU GAVE SOMEONE? // Last gift was a pair of red bottoms to my wife.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE CHILDREN? // If you worry about what the world thinks of you, you will never be the best version of yourself...
YOUR WORST TRAIT? // Impatience.
THE WORST TRAIT IN OTHERS THAT GETS YOU MAD? // When people play for time.
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE? // I'm a show man, I could play myself or Jonah Hill.
FAVOURITE MUSIC // Hip hop and reggae.
LAST RECORD / DOWNLOAD YOU BOUGHT? // Butterfly Effect.
FAVOURITE BOOK? // I generally don't read books but journey to the unseen world l like.
LAST BOOK YOU BOUGHT? // University text book like 8 years ago.
THE CLOSEST YOU HAVE COME TO DEATH? // At age 2 I drowned In my pool at home, I was pronounced dead for 30 to 40 seconds no heartbeat. Then again in 2014 I had a very bad car crash in a Ferrari Mansory, was in hospital 3 months.
FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // LA Hollywood Hills.
LEAST FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // Don't have one.
HOW DO YOU RELAX? // I drive the open road it calms me.
ARE YOU SPORTY? // Not really no.
BEACH OR DESERT? // Desert.
URBAN OR RURAL? // Urban.
CATS OR DOGS? // Dogs.
COFFEE OR TEA? // Tea.
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH? // Satire comedy like Chandler in Friends and watching my kids.
WHATS MAKES YOU CRY? // Pain... any pain and suffering generally related to this world.
YOUR MESSAGE? // Always work smart not hard.