What products do you love the most for this summer season?
My iPhone, my perfume ‘Dsquared Potion’ and the Range Rover Sport!
If stranded on an island what are three items you must have?
My beats, bible and iPhone.
What are three things that must be in your bag or car at all times?
My cross, my bible and my wife’s gift; it was a St. Christopher for the first car I got back in 1996.
Can you briefly depict a sweet memory you will always cherish?
I will always cherish the birth of my children, the day I spiritually bonded with my Lord and the day I got married to the most beautiful lady, my wife Tina Antaki.
If you had to settle in one country for the rest of your life, what would be your choice and why?
Greece! I have a special connection to that gorgeous country.
What music genre and artist do you love the most?
I don’t prefer any specific artist, but I have been getting into a lot of jazz and alternative the past few years. I am no longer into electronic music.
What’s your favourite place to hang out in the summer and why?
This summer is different, because I’ll be doing ‘Sachi by the Sea’ and it will be my favourite place. Last year was the beach and ‘6ix Degrees’.
Do you have a goal that you have yet to achieve?
Yes, I have a goal I want to achieve along the next 10 years, but I’d rather not say as of yet.
A successful party is....
music, crowd, and venue.
What’s new this summer?
This year, I foresee many outlets based in Cairo and opening up in the North Coast. I think all of you will absolutely love it.
In your opinion what’s Egypt’s nightlife missing today?
An excellent club with a passionate team. That’s all it takes, and it’s everything that’s missing, unfortunately.
How has nightlife in Egypt evolved in the last five years and why?
Nightlife has deteriorated in the past five years, ever since the revolution. And if I were to assume why, I would say it’s due to the poor customer behaviour, the customer interests, lack of passion from the owners, poor investments and the like.
How do you reinvent your identity?
I don’t reinvent my identity; my identity is the same always. Being a father of three beautiful children and growing up as such has fixed my perspective for my future.
What trends are emerging in the nightlife scene lately?
I see our market shifting more to the food and beverage rather than the nightlife business. Hence, why my company focuses on F&B projects. It really isn’t a bad thing at all. You can notice how a certain class is learning how to enjoy their outings a lot more, and are more inclined to fancy, quiet outings.
What’s your philosophy?
Again, it’s all about motivation to avoid feeling overwhelmed. To never lose passion and always look for new ideas and ways to impress customers. And you have to somewhat surpass their expectations and inundate them with satisfaction. At that point, even if something happens to disappoint them, just seeing how hard you’re working and how much you are willing to do to satisfy them makes up for everything else.
What separates your brand/ services from the competition?
Every competitor and brand has an edge; my edge is just different than others. I cannot say that I am better, but my services have a particular character that others do not offer. Another thing is, I have a brilliant team that is willing to do the impossible to keep the customers satisfied. It’s all we really want.
How do you manage to stay on top?
By keeping my team motivated. The only way I could manage to stay on top of my business is for my team to remain steadily galvanized. That is the key to any successful business, really. It doesn’t matter how hard you have personally worked; if you fail to spur your team on, everything you have built will fall to ashes.
Give us a brief about your previous most famous events/projects.
Currently ‘Baky Hospitality’ owns and manages ‘Sachi’ Restaurant in Heliopolis, ‘Kazoku’ in New Cairo and ‘Sachi by the Sea’ in Hacienda, North Coast. Before the debut of ‘Baky Hospitality’, I worked in the nightlife business and owned several reputable outlets that left a mark in the industry.
Tell us about yourself and your organization/ company.
In 2014 I started a company called ‘Baky Hospitality’ focusing on F&B projects. That was the first time in 14 years that I actually set up something all by myself.
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