There are very few people these days who display good morals, humility and exceptional qualities. But I have come across one such gentleman – Bahrain National Gas Company chief executive Dr Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa.
While I have often criticised government and other officials, I have also time and again applauded their positive work in the interest of our dear Bahrain. One of these exemplary gentlemen is Dr Shaikh Mohammed.
The gentleman that he is, Dr Shaikh Mohammed had spoken to me and insisted I visit him at his office when he heard I had retired. My relationship with him goes back 35 years but our association has always been work-related and on a professional level. He has a very nice working style, modest character and high morals and he is much loved by all employees and others wherever he has worked.
One of his associates had once told me how he regards everyone as equal – but respects the juniors much more than he does the seniors. That I have personally found to be true from the beginning of my professional career when I was at the Bahrain Petroleum Company for three years. The staff there were then very impressed with his style of working and were actually very upset when he left to go to his parent company.
Coming back to the point, I was taken aback when I received a message a couple of weeks ago when I was abroad asking when I would return and when I could make time to meet him.
I was also surprised because I had personally never contributed in any way to the Bahrain National Gas Company. My relationship had always been based on mutual co-operation, respect and co-ordination with officials since we were all working under the umbrella of the National Oil and Gas Authority.
I am writing about this only to drive home the point about this gentleman who, despite his many preoccupations, has not only honoured me with his time but has displayed an exemplary personality and taken the initiative to do so.
I consider this an honour I will cherish for a long time because it has come from a person known for his good qualities and generosity. May God bless him with good health and happiness.