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Antoine Emil Nehme|
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Antoine Nehme (Arabic: أنطوان نعمه; born 15 January 1930, died 2010) was a Lebanese businessman whose career began in the Persian Gulf region. He founded one of the oldest established companies in Doha, Qatar currently known simply as Nehmeh serving the Middle East Region. Nehmeh has been recognized for many of Qatar's firsts as a commercial enterprise. It has further been the recipient of various awards and accolades through the years.
Birth and Early life
Antoine Emil Nehme was born on 15 January 1930 in Haifa, Palestine to the large Lebanese family of Nehme. As the eldest child of a large household (3 brothers and 4 sisters), he was often looked upon as a bread-earner and for leadership by his family. He was a trilingual (Arabic, French and English respectively) by nature and the environment to where he was exposed to including in various schooling (including Collège des Frères) and training in both Palestine and Lebanon. On the onset of the Nakbah in 1948, together with his family, had to flee to Lebanon for safety. In 1953, he moved to Qatar for work & opportunity.
Antoine Nehme began his career in Qatar with a Lebanese company which was founded in Haifa by the name of Contracting And Trading. After his contract expired in 1955, he decided to stay in Qatar. Eager to grow together with the young nation of Qatar, Antoine Nehme set up a small domestic trading establishment a few years later in Doha to represent and build international brands in the local marketplace. Both as a pioneer and an independent businessman, Antoine Nehme kept an admirable pace – striving to meet the ever increasing demands of a country in the path of rapid growth which continues till this day. He further went to set up several companies including NATCO, MEPC, National Radiator Factory which were later united under the trademark of Nehmeh.
Antoine Nehme died on 28 July 2010 at 80 years of age in Beirut, Lebanon and was survived by his wife, four children, and several grandchildren.
Nehme supported cultural, community, sports and educational initiatives in various countries. Five years after his death, the Antoine Nehme Foundation was set up with goals to help and alleviate the needy and to preserve his legacy in 2015.
In early 2012, a TV documentary was aired on Qatar TV celebrating his life & career in Doha.
In May 2016, a book was published of his life & times entitled Blessings in the Sand: The Antoine Nehme Legacy, written by his youngest son.
Nehmeh group or sometimes referred to as Nehmeh International Holdings, is a multi-faceted business group with specialized industrial divisions serving the automotive, construction, heat transfer, service and wood industries as well as other sectors namely hospitality and information technology.
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