Morning Habits, part 5: Omar Bin Khediya

You know you've made it as an entrepreneur when you own not one but two Ferraris. 

Matthew Priest July 14, 2015

With the end of the Morning Habits series in sight, we move onto our fifth interview with one of the UAE's leading Emirati entrepreneurs. 

In part three, Robert Tateossian told us of his hatred for breakfast meetings, and it seems our next subject isn't too fond of them either... 

Omar Bin Khediya - founder, O Concept

The founder of the Jumeirah-based boutique O Concept, Omar has a budding reputation as one of the UAE’s most influential creatives. The multi-branded fashion, art, lifestyle store is a platform for local designers to be showcased alongside their international counterparts.

What time do you wake up in the morning?

During the week, it could be anytime between 8am and 9am. However, on the weekends, I don’t usually wake up before midday!

What is the first thing that you do?

I always wake up and call my mother straight away to say good morning. After that, I make myself a double espresso and then have a shower.

I drive to work every day. I have two Ferraris, an Aston Martin and a Range Rover Evoque.

When do you send your first email?

It depends on the day, but normally I will send my first email by 9.30am, but only when I get into the office – not before.

Are you more of a morning or evening person?

I am definitely an evening person, that is when all the fun happens!

Do you do any exercise?

Yes. I love going swimming, it’s my favourite form of cardio. But outside of that I also enjoy going for runs and on my days off I’ll do a bit of off-road motorbiking. 

ferrari 1991 testarossa.jpg A 1991 Testarossa.

Do you have breakfast? If so, what do you have?

I don’t always have breakfast, but if I am by myself then I’ll have cereal with skimmed milk, or yogurt with fresh fruit.

Do you ever have breakfast meetings?

On occasion, although, I don’t like to have them all the time – I would say that I only do it with my business partners.

How long do you take to get dressed?

I get dressed in nine minutes flat! But it really depends on the day. My personal style is to dress very casually in jeans and a nice shirt or t-shirt.

How do you get to work?

I drive to work every day as I live in Nad Al Sheba and O Concept is in Jumeirah. I actually am a bit of car collector! I have two Ferraris – a 1987 Magnum 328 and a 1991 Testarossa – as well as an Aston Martin and a Range Rover Evoque. I will usually drive whatever car suits my mood at the time.

What are your morning media habits?

I will read the local newspaper everyday whilst having my coffee. And then, like most people, I always use my phone to check up on what’s happening around the world and on social media.