Sheikh Saud Salim Bahwan

Sheikh Saud Salim Bahwan was a unique personality and an epitome of courage and determination. A self-made man who began his career with his father Sheikh Salim Abdullah Bahwan, setting sail in a wooden Dhow to far-away shores in search of success as a trader. He was a man destined to leave a deep imprint in the region’s business history - A pioneer and a visionary.

His unique vision and business acumen eventually giving shape to one of the most reputed business organisations in the region - Saud Bahwan Group.

Sheikh Saud was a man who believed in perfection. "Excellence," he had said “Is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for. It is a thing to be achieved."


In the course of his illustrious career, Sheikh Saud won prestigious awards and titles – each underscoring his outstanding achievements as a dynamic businessman. The most prominent among them being:

The 'Sultan Qaboos Order' 
- The highest civilian order in Oman.
'The Order of the Rising Sun' 
-The Highest Civilian honour bestowed by His Majesty Akihito, the Emperor of Japan.
'Best Arab Organisation'
- among 22 Arab Nations.
'Gulf Businessman of the Year'
- a first for any Omani.
The 'Best Management' Award
from Toyota Motor Corporation– 1997 and again in 2000