In 1938, Abdullah Saleh Al Mulla, then Secretary of State of Kuwait, opened a store for electrical appliances in downtown Kuwait City. As a visionary and outgoing entrepreneur, he looked for opportunities to expand the business and establish a company that has strong partnerships with international brands. Soon he acquired the distribution rights for General Electric in Kuwait.
From the very beginning, Mr. Al Mulla’s focus was on quality products and services. He believed that success emanates from enduring partnerships that are built on trust and respect, and that excellence and professionalism in carrying out the operations and dealings of the business are the foundation for its growth. His beliefs still exist as the staunch tenets at the core of everything Al Mulla Group does.
Pioneering the Automotive Industry
Ten years later, the company struck a deal to be the sole distributor for Chrysler, Dodge, and Plymouth automobiles in Kuwait. That was back in 1948 – before the Middle East oil boom – when Kuwait was a very small market, but Mr. Al Mulla saw an opportunity and he seized it. This partnership has grown stronger with the years, embodying our founder’s belief in building enduring partnerships.
Diversifying the Business
As the company achieved substantial success in the automotive sector, it was time to expand into other lines of business. Al Mulla Group, as a family business, was not after immediate profits; it was intent on being sustainable and agile to cope with changing market conditions. Therefore, it started operating in new domains such as engineering, financing, marine equipment, foodstuff, insurance, and travel.
Tying up with Mitsubishi
In 1972, the Group arrived at yet another milestone in its successful journey: it became the sole distributor of Mitsubishi Motors in Kuwait. This partnership proved to be extremely successful and is flourishing until today. The Group even expanded the Mitsubishi presence into Egypt through a joint venture.
Different Names, One Brand
The company expanded exponentially over the years, changing its shape and structure, and started building subsidiaries and other arms for the business to serve the growing needs of its customers. It established new business lines and created new paths for growth: started a company for office automation systems, a new manufacturing division, a financial services company, a special unit for security services, and a money exchange company and several other businesses – all of which are leaders in their sectors in Kuwait.
Today, the Group has grown to more than 40 companies and subsidiaries under its umbrella, all adhering to Al Mulla’s core essence.
It has kept its unwavering commitment to the original beliefs of its founder. The core values of excellence, professionalism, and innovation continue to be the cornerstone of Al Mulla Group and an intrinsic part of its brand that it has maintained over more than 80 years.