Name Hussein Gazzaz
|Born May 12, 1925 (age 90) (1925-05-12) Makkah, Saudi Arabia|
Occupation Businessman Owner of Gazzaz Department Stores
Hussein Bakry Gazzaz (Born March 10, 1925) is a Saudi Arabian businessman who founded the Gazzaz Department Stores chain in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Gazzaz is married to Suraya Ezz, an Egyptian of Turkish descendant. The couple have 10 children, Samy, Laila, Nariman, Assim, Nadia, Mohamed, Aida, Osama, Hala and Gehan.
Gazzaz attended Tah'deer El Be'that school; however, he left school at the age of 13 to pursue employment. Gazzaz's first business, a small counter in the hallway of Bab Ziyadah Makkah, was established in 1942. Gazzaz also worked for 2 years within the Saudi Ministry of Finance. Gazzaz gained experience and insight into diverse economic principles and business models through his employment within the Ministry of Finance.
In 1946, Gazzaz expanded his business to become the first agent in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to import Ca Train De Paris, an exclusive French fragrance. Many business owners in KSA found it difficult to obtain high-end luxury items from Europe; however, through writing personal letters to the directors of designer-brand companies Gazzaz developed a network of European contacts who supplied him with luxury goods. Subsequently, Gazzaz's business expanded to include imported perfumes, cosmetics, gift items and other luxury products.
As of May 2012, there were 35 Gazzaz Department Stores in KSA.
President Jacques Chirac
The President of France Jacques Chirac gave Hussein Gazzaz the medal of honor for being the biggest importer of cosmetics in the Middle East in the 90's.
Sheikh Hussein invested more than 30 million Saudi Riyals for helping poverty and distributing medical aids.
Poem dedicated to Makkah
At the opening of "Gazzaz Maison" in the holy city of Makkah. The city Hussein Gazzaz was born in, Hussein Gazzaz dedicated this poem to his beloved city and its people:
"Makkah Oh dearest of lands I am Back though I have never been away
Even when away you are always in my heart
Makkah I have returned
To pay back some of your favours
Makkah I am back
with love and longing for boyhood
A never quenched longing to the Holy House you embrace.
Makkah I am back
with "Gazzaz Maison"
A proof of the sincerity of your beloving son."
Hussein Bakry Gazzaz