A collaborative research project between New York University Abu Dhabi and Tharawat Family Business Forum

Our Research

Case Studies

Our case studies cover histories of MENASA leading family businesses

Our current sample consists of selected leading family businesses spread over the span of six countries in the MENASA region. The research covers a combined 531 years of business histories, and the oldest family business was founded in 1919.

Research scope

Understand the History

1. The Founder

Exploring the biographical background of the Family Business Founder

Highlight the Legacy

2. Founding Years

Capturing entrepreneurial journey early challenges and opportunities encountered

Preserve the Heritage

3. Historical Context

Contextualizing the business history in the wider economic and political environment

Preserve the Heritage

4. Next Generations

The integration of next generations of family members into the family business