Abdullah Alaskari describes himself as a forward thinker and a health and life enthusiast. As an entrepreneur, he has built five market leading businesses with successful track records across the healthcare, fitness and sports industries. He is now managing partner at Life Beam, a specialized entity created to manage and operate various health and fitness facilities both locally and regionally. Inspired by his father, he strives to focus on the important things in life rather than the petty things.
Amani Abbassy’s parents left their home country at a young age and created a life for themselves from very little. This inspired Amani and taught her the importance of patience, kindness and honesty. Amani studied international business marketing and economics but at the weekend, you’ll find her at the shooting range!
Please tell us about your academic backgrounds:
Abdullah A: Bachelors Degree in Business Marketing from Virginia Commonwealth University and Masters in Sports Management from Cruyff Institute in Spain.
Amani A: I have a Bachelors degree in International Business Marketing and a minor in Economics from George Mason University.
How and where did the two of you meet?
Abdullah A: 2001 Super Bowl Party in Richmond, Virginia.
As a professional, what are the qualities you admire in your spouse?
Abdullah A: She is extremely creative, committed and brilliant.
Amani A: His dedication and passion for his work and always wanting to further educate himself and grow in the fitness/nutrition field.
Where do you concur and where do you differ from each other?
Abdullah A: She is more patient, where I am impulsive at times.
Amani A: We have a lot of the same values especially in how we raise our children. I think our biggest difference is that he is impulsive with his decision making and I like to take my time to think things through.
Do you think being friends with your spouse is an important part of marriage?
Abdullah A: Yes.
Amani A: Yes, I believe that being friends is the most important aspect in a marriage. You marry your best friend, someone you can get along with and have a laugh with at the same time.
How do you handle a work-life balance and challenges in a dynamic work environment?
Abdullah A: When it’s time for work, I try to make sure I focus solely on that and when I return home, I dedicate my time to our children.
When do you spend time with each other? How do you unwind?
Abdullah A: At the weekend. We like to watch a movie or show together.
Amani A: Friday is usually the day we hang out. We like to go to the shooting range and enjoy being active.
What is the best gift you received from each other?
Abdullah A: The best gift she gave me is our twin girls.
Amani A: Definitely the first gift I received from him which was a journal with one of my favourite quotes on it. Also, my first pair of workout gloves.
Any memorable holidays?
Abdullah A: Going back to Richmond in the summertime is always memorable, as it brings back old memories of our college days.
Amani A: When we went to my hometown in Virginia with the children for the first time, so they could see where we first met and where I grew up.
One would imagine that both of you probably discuss business issues a lot at home too. Does that happen?
Abdullah A: Sometimes, but we try to separate our business from our time at home.
Amani A: It does, but we try to keep it at a minimum and keep work at work.
How are household responsibilities divided? Who is the boss at home?
Abdullah A: She usually runs things at home but we try to share equal responsibilities with our kids.
Amani A: I am in charge of the house – my girls will say their dad is the boss but I have a different opinion on that!
Has there been any significant event that has changed your marriage? What was the event? How did it change your relationship?
Both: There has been no significant event. However, there are always hardships in life and it’s how you deal with them.
How do you manage your time together? Do you have any time left over for your marriage at all?
Abdullah A: We both have very busy schedules during the week. We always spend weekends together.
Amani A: We try to plan dates during the week with each other to enjoy some ‘us’ time.
What are the challenges of being two powerful people at the top of your professional game?
Abdullah A: The biggest challenge is to continue to stay on top and continue to evolve and grow as individuals.
Amani A: To stay on top and have continuous success.
What have been your most challenging moments in life?
Abdullah A: Becoming an entrepreneur is challenging in general.
Amani A: Moving to Kuwait and leaving all of my family, friends and life back in Virginia.
How do you motivate each other during tough times at work?
Abdullah A: Encourage each other.
Amani A: Believing and supporting each other to get through tough times.
Who’s your inspiration professionally?
Abdullah A: My father.
Amani A: My mother and father are my only inspiration. They left their country at such a young age and created a life for themselves from very little.
What have you learnt from each other?
Abdullah A: Patience.
Amani A: To have patience.
Some marriages are “passionate,” some are “companionate”: which fits you?
Abdullah A: Probably a little bit of both.
Amani A: Companionate.
What are the keys to a successful relationship?
Abdullah A: Plan ahead and always cherish your time together.
Amani A: Patience, kindness and honesty.
Do you have any common interests or hobbies?
Abdullah A: Working out, shooting guns, travelling, reading.
Amani A: Yes, the gym, working out, staying in shape.
Tell us about your children. How have they changed your life?
Abdullah A: They are truly the greatest gift in life.
Amani A: They are funny, smart and full of life. They have changed everything in my life, everything I do is for them. They have added so much life into our lives, we never have a dull moment.
Advice for other couples:
Abdullah A: Focus on the important things in life rather than the petty things.
How do you feel being selected one of the CP magazine’s Power Couples for this year?
Abdullah A: Humbled and honored.
Amani A: Humbled.
Abdullah Black – Amani Purple
Abdullah Sushi – Amani Peanut Butter M&Ms
Tea or Coffee?
Abdullah Coffee – Amani Coffee
Abdullah Porsche 911 – Amani I love how sleek Maseratis are
Abdullah Omerta by Mario Puzo – Amani Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
Abdullah Losing my Religion by REM – Amani I Turn To You by Melanie C
Abdullah The Godfather – Amani The Count of Monte Cristo
Abdullah Failure – Amani Losing a loved one
Favourite app on your phone:
Abdullah Instagram – Amani No favourite
What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Abdullah My Family – Amani My children