Week 2: The e25 Journal

e25’er: Vedant
Current location: Dubai Marina
Mood: Slight end-of-weekend blues
Consuming: Air, sunlight and some chairspace

From Dibrugarh to Dubai, it’s been quite a change! For those who momentarily and/or quizzically paused when hearing the name of the former, Dibrugarh happens to be my home: a small, sleepy town nestled in the quaint north-east of India. It’s a region as yet largely untouched by the rapid urbanization that one can see in mainland India. In addition to these, it’s one of the rainiest places in the world and boasts of some great natural beauty. Also, people here are generally poorer than even those in mainland India, and communities are highly entrenched and close-knit.

Dibrugarh and Dubai are, therefore, almost polar opposites in most regards – from the quality of life to the climactic conditions. Having spent most of my life in Assam (a state in the north-east of India), Dubai was like a breath of fresh (or shall I say hot?!) air. It is amazing to see the quality of life enjoyed here, the sheer number of high-rises and the welcoming, cosmopolitan society. It’s been only a month yet, but I think I am going to really like staying in Dubai.

A wise man once said, “A place is only as good as the people you know in it.” And, in that regard, I have been extremely fortunate. When I came here, I barely knew anyone in this city. However, I have already formed some lasting bonds, largely with the other members of e25, comprising some of the smartest and most talented people I have ever met. It is truly a privilege to simply be a part of this eclectic and accomplished bunch of people.

We had been interacting over Skype and emails prior to our first meeting but we only began getting to really know each other from the first week. The MBTI and the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp served as great ice-breakers, and helped us bond, apart from leaving us with a better sense of ourselves, our ideas and the path ahead of us.

Since then, we have had the privilege of meeting HE Mohamed Alabbar multiple times. His drive and ambition is infectious, and he left us with something to ponder about. We have also been fortunate to meet several of the top management of Emaar and its group companies. Each interaction gave us new insights about the discussed industries – spanning Properties, Entertainment, Hospitality, Shopping Malls, and Retail. They gave us ample food for thought and we always left brimming with ideas and energy.

We have also been busy developing our logo, our new website (it’s almost done), and getting our various social media pages up and running. In the process, we also took part in a marathon photo shoot – something yours truly truly disliked – beginning at 6 AM in the morning! (And we think models have it easy.)

Apart from all this, we have also been busy brainstorming, arguing, and in general going “blah, blah, blah.” We have had some pretty interesting and stimulating discussions, feeding off each other’s energy, experiences and ideas. During these discussions we have come up with what we would want e25 to stand for – a platform committed to creating a new way of life: sustainable, hassle-free, and on the go, from Dubai to the world.

In short, we want to have a meaningful and positive impact in Dubai, and, by extension, the world. Our scope knows no limit – whether that be cleaning the humongous amount of plastic in the world’s oceans or to find alternative, speedier ways to build buildings. We know that these are, of course, just ideas at the end of the day. What really matters is how we execute them, and that we execute them well.

Will we fall down during the course of our journey? Will we fail sometimes? Short answer: in all probability, yes we likely will. But we won’t stop till we get it right. In the words of Samuel Beckett, “Ever try, ever fail, no matter. Try again, fail again, fail better.”

But then again, it’s always better to get it right the first time. Until next time!

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