Edwin Duria recalled how he lost around AED147,000 or almost P2 million from his former boss due to his five-month unpaid salaries, gratuity, commissions, and allowances. He worked there for more than five years until his boss ran away. A few years after, he found himself setting up his own business over a cup of coffee with his business colleagues.
Duria, 41, is the owner and managing director of PLAY Middle East Business Consultancy FZA, a company that focuses on assisting companies with trade license issues as well as individuals with residence visa issues or disputes with their employees or employers. So far, the company that is owned by the Filipino for four years now manages almost 250 clients, some of which are Samsung from South Korea, Pearson Education, and JBC (J.C Bamford Excavators Limited) from the United Kingdom.
Aside from managing the business consultancy company, Duria also manages two other companies, namely: Panels International Trading FZE and Greenland Trading Limited.
He carried with him 18 years of solid years of experience in customer service and sales management in Philippines to the UAE.
Duria arrived in Dubai in 2009 to work for a family of Sheikhs. Soon after his sojourn in the family, he explored more opportunities in the emirate—this time setting up five companies under Capital Properties Group which manages 177 workers.
In 2010, he moved to Impactt Group of Companies as the head of the business development unit and was tasked to manage the business incorporations and PRO services, labor supply services, and recruitment.
He stayed in the same company for five more years but he knew in his heart that he desired more in his career—and that is to become a successful entrepreneur.
In 2015, he took a leap of faith and registered his own company to finally fulfill his dreams. In a span of five years, he was able to achieve accreditations of PLAY Middle East in five different authorities, established business partnerships in the UK, Gibraltar, Singapore, and recently Hong Kong and Thailand, to name a few.
Since 2013, Duria is an active leader of Couples for Christ group and currently serving as the organization’s couple coordinator of Chapter 1C2 with his wife, Marites. Together, they guide single individuals to live an ideal Christian life.
When asked for his advice for distressed Filipinos, he said that if one is struggling, that means God has better plans for him. “If you’re struggling, find solutions, if you cannot find it, seek it through other channels like friends, family, colleagues, or community. I always mention ‘Daig ng madiskarte ang matalino’ meaning actions are more effective than just thinking about the solutions. Learn from your mistakes,” he added.
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