Interview with Abderrahman Rahmani, General Manager at Iberchem Dubai’s office
We sat down with Abderrahman Rahmani, the newly appointed General Manager at Iberchem’s Dubai office. Mr Rahmani is no stranger to the industry: with over 20 years of experience, he is a valuable addition to the Dubai team.
Could you tell us about your professional background?
I have been in the fragrances industry for more than 20 years. Before joining Iberchem, I worked at Sensient Fragrances as Sales Director MEA. With a degree in both chemistry and management, together with my passion for perfumery, the fragrance industry seemed like the perfect match for me. My academic background offers me a distinctive view of the sector – how business and chemistry intertwine.
What do you like about the fragrance industry?
The fragrance industry is one of the most interesting and beautiful industries that I know of. Fragrances combine so many things: senses, emotions, beauty, elegance, and so on. It is also science, since it has to do with raw materials and how they combine. I find it captivating how perfumers mix their creativity with science to create appealing new scents. I am deeply fascinated by the harmony that exists between the two disciplines.
Why do you think the Middle East region is a cornerstone in the fragrance industry?
The Middle East has always been a buzzing hub for fragrances, not just because of the huge business potential, but also by being a real trend setter. Compared to other regions in the world, the Middle East seems to attach much more importance to the culture of scent and to the role of perfumers. The region is also one of the few to have its own signature. All around the world, notes like oud, leather and amber are strongly associated with the Middle East. The region is also positioning itself as the reference for niche fragrances. Major international brands have been integrating Middle Eastern scent profiles into their lines of products, whether for perfumery, personal care or even home care.
What are your ambitions as the new General Manager of Iberchem Dubai?
Iberchem has a longstanding relation with the Middle East market, to the point where it is part of its DNA. My role as the new General Manager will be to consolidate even further the presence of Iberchem in the area. To do so, we are working on an ambitious CAPEX plan for the region, for the benefit of our current (and future) customers. Locally, Iberchem has a reputation of being a trailblazer and my intention is to maintain that and push it even further.
When you are not at work, what are your hobbies?
I like to spend time with my family and friends. I also enjoy travelling and discovering new cultures. My personal motto, which was taught to me by one of my teachers in Morocco when I was child, is to never stop learning.