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  • K.A.E.C. (Pronounced "Cake")

    For reasons both personal and professional, 2019 has been an extraordinary year so far.  Thus, the lack of recent blog postings.  I have not disappeared, though.  I have just been out and about.

    One interesting item I am happy to share is my participation in a roundtable featuring officials from Saudi Arabia (KSA), representing King Abdullah's Economic City (KAEC, pronounced "cake") and discussing KAEC's efforts to attract greater investment by the pharmeceutical industry.

    Sultan Masoom, KSA ECA & Jason Huf, JHI, KAEC Pharma & BioTech Roundtable, New Brunswick, NJ, USA (Sultan Masoom, Director General of Investments, Saudi Arabian           
                                                           Economic Cities Authority & Jason Huf - not an endorsement of JHI)

    "Localize Your Business in the Middle East" (a theme very near and dear to my professional heart for years) was staged for the benefit of the Pharma and BioTech industries in New Brunswick, New Jersey on a very humid July 18.  As a US-based attorney with an office in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, I was honored to be the only lawyer admitted to this rather exclusive gathering.

    To summarize the discussion with the Saudi delegation and American industry leaders, by establishing research, development and manufacturing in the expansive facilties housed in KAEC's Industrial Valley district, Pharmaceutical and Bio Tech companies may significantly reduce costs.  They would also be able to avail themselves of distribution via King Abdullah Port: set to become the second-largest port in the world (as measured by container capacity), KAEC's King Abdullah Port is well-situated to distribute products to East Africa, India and South East Asia.

    Consensus among the participants was that USDA and European-approved drugs would be likely be approved by the regulatory authorities in the Kingdom for sale there (and, possibly, to the smaller Gulf states via the Gulf Cooperation Council regime), and that further research and development would be encouraged.  And, Intellectual Property protections in Saudi Arabia have been strengthened in recent years.

    On the subject of entity establishment, much can be done online, and a government office has been established to assist with bureacratic snags that may sometimes be encountered with the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority during the licensing process (and other matters, such as obtaining the necessary permits and visas for resident laborers and business travellers).

    And, of course, JHI stands ready to assist with entity establishment matters in the KSA as well.

    The net effect of reduced costs and greater access to large markets with high demand, such as India, could be to bring down the price of cutting-edge, life-saving drugs (particularly those not always covered by insurance), making them more generally available economically right here in the United States.

    There are days when I could not be more enthusiastic about what I do for a living.  July 18, 2019 was one of them.


     - Jason Huf
    Saturday, November 2, 2019

    New Jersey, USA
  • Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr & Saudi Arabian Labor Law

    We trust that the business community in the Gulf region is refreshed following Eid al-Fitr and is busily back at work.

    Historically, business slows down during the Holy Month of Ramadan.  At JHI, however, Ramadan in recent years has been as busy as any other month. Naturally, this is because our clients doing business in the Middle East have been busy.

    With the current flurry of reforms and tremendous economic growth, there is no longer room for a "slow" month for those doing business in Arabia.

    With so much work being done by so many, now would seem an opportune time to share with you a recent article on Saudi Arabian Labor Law authored by attorney Firoz Mohammed, Senior Legal Consultant at JHI's Jeddah office (KKLF).

    For both economic and moral reasons, local Labor Law is important to those who do business internationally.  If you are already doing business in the Kingdom, or are weighing an expansion into the Saudi market, you may be interested in reading about the latest Labor Law reforms concerning greater transparancy (rights, obligations, expectations, compensation, process, review and outcomes) and faster, more reliable dispute resolution.

    Mr. Mohammed is licensed to practice in his home country of India, and has been working and living in Jeddah for over 25 years.  While witnessing the fascinating, historically rapid development of a very traditional nation, Firoz has - since the days of King Fahad - made it his business to analyze the laws of one of the Arab world's most important economies.  You can read his article HERE   

    Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr & Saudi Arabian Labor Law   "Let's get back to work!"
                                                                                                     "Um, did we ever actually stop working this year... ?"


    You will see more articles from Firoz in subsequent blog entries, and we will showcase the profiles of Firoz and other seasoned professionals resident in Jeddah very soon - watch this space !
  • Anniversary of September 11, 2001

    Liberty ALWAYS Rises - Huf International (JHI)  Liberty ALWAYS Rises

    Seventeen September 11ths later, on yet another Tuesday after Labor Day, we still set aside one day devoted to rememberance, but there is never a single day when we forget.

    Take a look at this beautiful new tower, overlooking a parcel of land forever associated with one of the most tragic days in our country's history.  That tower is what "winning" looks like.

    So long as Liberty never fails to rise in this country, the victims of the September 11 attacks will never be meaningless losses. Today, JHI honors those whose lives were stolen from them by sudden and senseless evil by suspending work in the New York side of the Firm. Tomorrow, we honor those taken from us by resuming our work, dedicated to crafting a broad-based, self-sustaining middle class in the Middle East.

    Being an attorney is my career, but I've always viewed my practice of transactional business law as a platform: new mortgage programs; expanded consumer financing; legal, social & education reforms; franchising of American brands; infrastructure development; and, other projects in the Middle East (in GCC jurisdictions, principally Saudi Arabia) are more than innovative client work. I promote and perform this work as a direct response to the attacks on my country and what those attacks represent - an assault on the very Idea of "America".  

    In short, JHI is merely a (very) small piece, of a small piece, of a great big jigsaw puzzle being worked on by thousands of people from all walks of life - and I am very proud of that.  This is what Americans do.

    And, well, seventeen years later, we're winning. All of us. Those who died without warning, those left behind, and those yet to arrive who will never have to witness such a crime in their lifetimes - we're winning. The Idea of America is winning.

    Those who committed the attacks (many of them now dead), are assigned to space in history's landfill, with the other great villians whose names are synonymous with the word "evil". Let's leave them there.

    Today, we remember those who fell, and thank the armed forces, intelligence services and law enforcement personnel who have kept us safe since. God Bless them. And may God continue to bless and keep the United States of America - both its people and the Idea.

     – Jason Huf
    Tuesday, September 11, 2018
    New Jersey, USA
  • Happy Eid Al Adha Wishes, Plus a Major Improvement at JHI

    The Law Firm of Jason Huf International (JHI) wishes all of our friends around the Muslim world a happy Eid Al Adha.  As pilgrims from all over the world celebrate the completion of one of Islam's most cherished Holy Rites, I am pleased to announce that JHI has successfully finished a journey of its own:

    Last year, we published a discussion of JHI's business model, "Big Firm Resources Without the Massive Overhead", which described the broad range of resources made available to JHI's clients in a manner that keeps our costs competitive.  From the the firm's beginning, my goal was craft a business model that made the provision of legal services more efficient and client-friendly.

    At JHI's 5-Year Anniversary gathering last month, I unveiled news of a critical development toward my continual commitment to achieve this goal.  As planned from its foundation, JHI's New York City presence is now a purely "virtual" one.

    When I started JHI, there was simply no substitute for "Being There" - I had to be in Manhattan, day in and day out.  Now that I've established myself as the "Mr. Middle East of Lower Manhattan", the brick and mortar facility formerly known as The Monastery is no longer necessary.  As planned from the jump, JHI will maintain the advertised address at Suite 615 of 11 Broadway as a mail stop and shared services facility, but will no longer have to bear the expense of fully operational and staffed physical plant elsewhere Downtown.

    While time zone differences and varying work weeks in different cultures are still a factor, technology makes it possible for me to run my practice from anywhere in the world.  Physical plant will always be necessary in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia & our associated office at the Khalil Khazindar Firm remains unchanged.  JHI also maintains additional resources, including VAT practitioners and experienced litigators/ arbitrators, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE - Abu Dhabi & Dubai), India and Singapore.  However, having successfully planted our flag in the Big Apple, I can now execute the original plan for the firm's business structure by operating from New York City on a purely "virtual" basis, and do so in a manner wherein JHI keeps its access to a wide network of attorneys working in a broad range of practice areas.

    In short, with overhead even lower than before, JHI's rates will remain competitive; and, we still provide clients with seamless access to "Big Firm" resources in a way that is extremely economical.

    From my own perspective, a total of over four hours of commute time, round trip daily, can now be used for more productive purposes.  Whether its additional billable time, special projects unrelated to my practice or simple relaxation necessary to maintain work-life balance, that's more than 20 hours per week that I will devote to, well, whatever I want...
                                                                                                                   R. Jason Huf, Attorney-at-Leisure, New York & Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

    Though I will be back from time to time as business requires, I already miss taking occassional breaks in Battery Park.  Working from the office in my home is certainly an adjustment.  I may write books, teach, put more focus into booking public speaking engagements, or just sit in the back yard and read for fun (I haven't read for fun in years).  I may even become active/ reengage in politics.

    I will almost certainly travel more often to points East.  Not being grafted to a desk two hours from my house on a near-daily basis will make such travel more feasible.  I view this as critical as JHI enhances its capabilities in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and throughout the Gulf (GCC) region, and becomes the GCC-wide "Regional Super Firm" I set out to establish five years ago.

    So, it seems exploring the boundaries of my own business will further enable JHI to help our clients (you and your company, I hope) to Explore the Boundaries of Your Business.  I couldn't be more pleased.

    Happy Eid Al Adha!

     – Jason Huf
    Thursday, August 16, 2018
    "Parts Unknown", USA
  • Happy Eid al-Fitr

    JHI wishes our many friends in the Muslim world a happy Eid al-Fitr.  We hope you enjoy celebrating the spiritual, intellectual and human growth you and your families achieved during the month of Ramadan.

    We would also like to advise clients and friends who do not observe this holiday that, this year, the Eid holiday largely falls on a weekend in many jurisdictions (with certain exceptions such as, for example, public sector employees in Saudi Arabia, who will resume work on Sunday, June 24).  Therefore, the ordinarily-expected office closures that customarily occur throughout the Middle East region during the holiday (particularly in the private sector), including JHI's Jeddah, Saudi Arabia office & other resources in the United Arab Emirates, should not cause a significant interruption of business activities this year.

    Jeddah, Place, Museum, Ramadan, Eid, Eid alFitr, Hijaz, JHI, Law Firm, Huf International, Middle East

     
  • Ramadan Mubarak

    To all of our friends around the world who observe the Holy Month of Ramadan, we at JHI hope that you and your families enjoy a meaningful period of fasting, reflection and prayer. Those living and working in the Middle East, in particular, are experiencing historic - sometimes exciting, sometimes challenging - events that may well rapidly change the face of their entire region of the world. Looking ahead into the unknown can feel somewhat daunting. May your loved ones take the opportunity of this holiday to grow closer to each other, your neighbors, the less fortunate and the whole of humanity.

    Jeddah at Night, Saudi Arabia

    We wish you good health & great prosperity in the year ahead.  Ramadan Mubarak!
  • EB-5 (Investor) Visas

    With possible changes to US immigration law on the horizon, aspiring immigrants to the Land of Liberty may have a feeling of uncertainty at present. A tightening of legal immigration may be part of a deal in Washington, DC designed to address illegal immigration.

    JHI, Law Firm, NYC, USA, EB-5 Investor Visa, Legal

    It is impossible at the time of this writing to know exactly how immigration law will change, or if it will actually change at all. But, we do know of one immigration law that already meets the requirements of the US President, as publicly expressed during negotiations thus far, with a program that uses merit-based criteria and which provides economic growth:  the law authorizing the issuance of EB-5 Visas to Foreign Investors.

    Under the law, Foreign Investors who invest a minimum amount of capital in such a way as to create and/ or maintain ten or more US jobs have the opportunity to apply for a Green Card through the facility of the EB-5 Visa program.  The minimum level of capital the Foreign Investor has to commit is determined by the classification of the targeted region of the investment itself.

    Participating in the resurgence of the greatest economy on earth while pursuing a credible opportunity to secure permanent residency status for you and your immediate family seems a double-win.  The economic growth it generates while providing entry to entrepreneurial immigrants with substantial resources of their own would certainly seem to be good for America as well.

    If you are interested in investing in the US economy (either directly or through a reputable Approved Regional Processing Center) and seeking a Green Card, contact JHI today for more information on the EB-5 (Investor) Visa program -- info@huflaw.com

    With offices in New York, NY & Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and, additional on-the-ground resources available in the UAE, India and Singapore, JHI is in an ideal position to be of assistance and we will be happy to help.
  • Happy Holidays!

    The Law Firm of JASON HUF INTERNATIONAL, pc (JHI) will close the doors of its New York HQ Office for the "High Holidays" of Christmas and New Year's Day starting Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 5:00pm.

    JHI will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.  As usual, office visits in 2018 will be by Appointment Only.

    During the Holiday Season, the Jeddah, Saudi Arabia office and the Khalil Khazinar Law Firm will remain open.  In the event of an urgent matter arising during the High Holidays, Mr. Huf can be reached directly by e-mail.

    From everyone at JHI, Merry Christmas!! And best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
  • With a New VAT, is the UAE Still the "Place to Be"?

    Commensurate with its Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) obligations, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will fully-implement the Federal-level imposition of a Value Added Tax (VAT) of 5% on most goods and services, and associated registration and reporting requirements, along with Excise Taxes on certain goods (50% on "fizzy drinks" & 100% on energy drinks and tobacco products), effective January 1, 2018.

    Some industries are exempt from responsibility for VAT by statute, such as certain transportation services and basic healthcare providers.  Real estate transactions within the first three years (thus far) of the law's enforcement are also exempt from VAT in the UAE.

    Companies doing business in any of the Emirates who are not in an exempted industry and whose turnover exceeds the statutory threshold (AED 375,000 over a period of 12 months) were required to register for VAT by December 4, 2017, or face a penalty.  In future, companies whose turnover does not yet exceed the statutory threshold will have to become compliant within one month of achieveing such turnover during a 12 month period.  Companies who are not yet required to register and report for VAT may apply to do so voluntarily, provided their 12 month turnover exceeds AED 175,500.  If a company anticipates exceeding the mandatory threshold in the future, then voluntary registration may be advisable so that a future 30 day deadline will not present potential difficulties.

    Initial estimates are that approximately 350,000 companies will have registered for VAT in the UAE by the statutorily stipulated date.  An exact figure is not yet available.

    Reporting/ filing of returns will be performed on a quarterly basis.  This may precipitate retaining Registered Tax Agents (and, JHI recommends that reporting companies retain such professional services). 

    Naturally, being a new law, regulations, clarifications and other factors affecting implementation of and compliance with the new laws (UAE Federal Laws 7, 8 & 13 of 2017) remain subject to change at this stage.  The UAE Ministry of Finance provides this page to provide basic information, timely updates and a starting point for researching and tracking the new tax regime:

    https://www.mof.gov.ae/En/budget/Pages/VATQuestions.aspx 

    One issue that begs for near-term clarification is the question of taxability of Free Zone entities. At the time of this writing, the responsibility for actual payment of VAT by entities established in Free Zones, including "Financial Free Zones" (such as the Dubai International Financial Centre, or DIFC; or, the Abu Dhabi Global Market, or ADGM), remains somewhat unclear.  For example, following current guidance from the Federal Tax Authority (FTA), the agency with primary responsibility for the enforcement of VAT, such entities should be registered for VAT if their turnover exceeds the mandatory threshold. On the other hand, by Emiri decree (issued under a recent Constitutional provision), a 50 Year Tax Holiday has been established for the ADGM (measured from the effective date of the underlying law).

    The UAE Cabinet has not yet issued its decision identifying any "Designated Zone" (wherein established entities may receive at least some partial or limited form of exemption from VAT) as the law empowers it to do, and the issue of responsibility for payment by companies in Financial Free Zones involves something of a Constitutional question. However, as stated above, it is hoped that additional clarifications may be issued by the relevant authorities in the near future.  It is also worth noting that the FTA's determinations/ decisions can be challenged through the courts, provided there is a credible legal basis for such a challenge.

    Being a brand new area of law, such gray areas are to be expected.  The drafters of the new laws concerning VAT certainly seem to have expected this, as certain mechanisms - such as the ability to challenge FTA policy decisions in court - are built into the new tax regime to ensure transparency and fairness (important factors in any healthy business environment) as and when important issues are sorted.

    Thinking more globally, one wonders what this may do to the famously business-friendly reputation the UAE has enjoyed for decades.  After all, "the (tax-free) UAE is the Place to Be" in the Gulf region.  JHI believes that the imposition of the VAT, in and of itself, will not severly impact the UAE's positive business environment. 

    The imposition of VAT is a GCC-wide program, agreed upon by the member states.  The level of tax will be 5% across the board, and goods and services exempt from the tax will be similar almost to the point of being mirrored from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.  Compliance steps and associated costs should be roughly equal in each of the member states.  And, the timing of full VAT implementation in the member states should coincide (the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for example, is also introducing its new VAT in January of 2018).  So, this should not significantly reduce the attractiveness of the UAE for investors, nor does it seem likely to impact the UAE's role as a gateway into the other GCC economies (such as Saudi Arabia - the largest economy in the GCC).

    As a GCC member state, the UAE has agreed, and is obligated, to impose VAT. With recent fluctuations in the price of oil and the recent military build-up, in addition to the maintenance of basic services, additional revenues are needed to keep the national debt at a sustainable level.

    The broadening of the UAE's economy in recent years has provided an opportune situation wherein the imposition of VAT (as opposed to other taxes and/ or fees) makes sense.  On paper, it seems the best available method of helping to keep the UAE's fiscal ship steady.  Although it will contribute an additional layer of expense onto the costs of living and doing business in the UAE, the UAE enforces no other tax and the compliance costs associated with the UAE's regulatory environment are among the least burdensome in the world.  As to the pre-VAT cost of living and doing business in the UAE (such as real estate, some services and many goods), much of this is due to high demand brought about by a decades-long strong international interest in participating in the UAE market.

    Further, the UAE, with a low-cost regulatory environment and a mere 5% VAT, seems poised to remain the gateway to one of the fastest growing regional economies in the world.  JHI believes that for businesses who view the GCC as an attractive area for investment, the UAE will continue to flourish as a "starting-off" or set-up point for such investment, and at a time when the economies of the GCC may be poised for potentially explosive growth during a revolutionary time of profound reforms throughout the region, particularly in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    JHI will continue to monitor the situation, and track legal developments concerning the implementation of the VAT, in the UAE and throughout the GCC.

    Jason Huf, Principal, JHI, Law Firm, NYC, KSA, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, UAE, VAT, Excise, Tax, Finance, International, Middle East, Law, Legal   (Mr. Huf gratefully acknowledges the contributions to this brief note by his good friend Sreekumar Radikrishnan of Goodwins Law Corporation's Abu Dhabi office. Mr. Huf calls Prof. Radhakrishnan his "top Go-To guy" in the UAE - especially on new tax matters:  http://www.goodwinslaw.ae/about-us/our-team/sreekumar-radhakrishnan

    This website and its contents - taken in whole or in part - are a law firm advertisement.  As with all other entries in the blog section of JHI's website, this article is intended to contribute to public discussion and is published for and distributed to a rather general audience.  This article is not legal advice and should not be mistaken for such.

    In the event legal advice is needed on the subject of VAT in the UAE, Mr. Huf & JHI will be happy to introduce and refer any such client to Prof. Radhakrishnan & Goodwins for his personal attention.

    Finally, Mr. Huf also wishes to make clear that any opinions expressed herein are solely those of Jason Huf & JHI.)

  • Non-Billable Time Can Still Be Valuable Time

    By R. Jason Huf

    When recollecting the uses of my spare time as I sat down to pen my previously promised piece on fully utilizing the summer months to achieve Work-Life Balance goals, I realized that a simple "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" article would be insufficient. During the summer, indeed throught 2017 thus far, I seemed to gravitate to leisure activities that were relaxing and - sometimes - valuable beyond taking a mere breather for myself.

    So, I have instead decided to include something in this writing about how time taken to relax, though not billable, can still be valuable - to ourselves and others. Indirectly, a more relaxed you is likely to be of greater help to your client. But, beyond that, there are activites that are relaxing, interesting AND enriching to your profession and society more broadly.

    After all, a desire to influence and shepherd positive change is at least part of the motivation that drove us - and still drives us - along our respective career paths, isn't it?


    I have always been public-service minded. This is reflected in my legal practice, wherein certain investments, projects and other client matters have over time and in the aggregate served as a small piece of a small piece of the large, complicated puzzle of establishing a foundation for economic and social reform in Saudi Arabia and the larger Middle East (parenthetically, I am pleased to see that today's reforms are more sweeping and are being enacted much more quickly than I had anticipated, or even hoped).

    Accordingly, I often find "relaxation" and satisfaction when I can make time for pursuits that have some intrinsic (but, not necessarily obvious) value to the larger world around me. Take, for example, a presentation hosted by Oxford University's North American office on Manar al-Athar and its efforts to catalogue ancient sites in the war-torn Levant so that they can be preserved or (in the event they have already been or are going to be destroyed by insidious groups like Daesh) restored after the shooting finally stops. When "endangered" cultures become lost civilizations, it degrades the whole of humanity. I encourage you to give this group's efforts a fair look.  And, hey, wine was served...

    Jason Huf and HRH Princess Sarah Zeid Ra'ad of Jordan  (Sometimes, to your surprise, you may get to meet fabulous people like the one pictued here. Also pictured, standing next to this fabulous person, is a member of the Hashemite Royal Family... )

    (Attorney Disclaimer:  NOT an endorsement of JHI by HRH!)


    Whatever your line of work, your position as a professional provides you with access. In addition to being present at the above-referenced presentation, I'm rather excited to say that I have accepted an invitation to join the New York City Bar Associations's Committee on Middle Eastern & North African Affairs (MENA Committee).  Then again, the MENA Committee has a pretty robust agenda, so I may end up regretting this...

    Kidding aside, there aren't too many bar association committees in New York, Pennsylvania or New Jersey (the jurisdictions where I am admitted to practice) that specifically focus on subject matter so closely aligned to my practice, so in addition to being recognized for my work after so many years in the field, I am actually looking forward to the (non-billable) work ahead.


    Now, I'm not saying that all of your spare time needs to be "meaningful", only that the added element of being satisfyingly productive in some measure may add to the value of your relaxing uses of the downtime you manage to carve out of your busy schedule. Different people have different interests and run at different speeds. I may be someone who has yet to take a real "vacation" at any point in my life, but I do not dispute the notion that relaxation for relaxation's sake is absolutely fine.

    For those of you who have the discipline to make the effort to force yourself to take a vacation, more power to you. For the rest of us its enough of an endeavor to find forms of refreshment that are somewhat more limited in scope. But, no worries - it ain't that tough. Really!

    Again, Pennsylvania is one of the jurisdictions in which I am admitted to practice. On occassion, I travel to Philadelphia on business. When I know I'm to make the short drive into Philly, well, being a long-time Philadelphia Phillies fan (and, you cannot be a Phillies fan without being a an of baseball period - trust me on that one) I like to catch an evening game when they are playing at home. Why not? I'm a phan, its the thinking man's sport, Citizens Bank Park is a great ballpark and I love Dollar Dog Day.

    Also, this past year, the NFL Draft was hosted there (great event, and Philly did a fantastic job of hosting); and, the Philadelphia Orchestra celebrated the works of Mozart not very long ago - as part of that celebration, there was an opportunity to see a showing of the film "Amadeus" (one of my favorites), with the orchestra providing a live sound track.

    NFL Draft Day (Night) Philadelphia, Pa.  (NFL Draft - Philadelphia, Pa.)

    Some things can be done spur of the moment, without planning, and can be done by almost anyone, especially in New York. Catching the recent solar eclipse without special glasses was easily done by using my phone - I perched it over my shoulder and recorded a brief video.  Anyone who could walk to Battery Park (or any open space where the sun was at least partially blocked by the moon that afternoon) could have done the same thing.  Many did.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpdAcRPtZ8Y   (As you can see, the Firm's YouTube Channel is still in the "experimental" stage)


    When I lived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia years ago, I took up snorkeling on the weekends and fell in love with the Red Sea and the coral reef beneath its surface. Some folks encouraged me to take up diving, but diving is a great deal of work. If what I do for recreation is more work that what I do for a living, I have something of a philosophical problem with that...

    My dog can be a great deal of work (and, don't get a dog unless you are honestly ready, willing and able to do all of the work associated with sharing your home with a dog), but she is without question the exception to the above-referenced rule. When it comes to time well-spent, I am hard-pressed to think of anything more rewarding and relaxing than walking my dog.

    Sometimes, I'll just call it an early day at the office and go out. Its New York, man - hit the town. Fridays tend to be ideal: the Middle East is closed on Fridays and the West is in the process of shutting down for the weekend, with businesses in London generally closing by 12:00 noon, US Eastern time (though, I must be mindful of places in other time zones, such as Houston, Texas, which is an hour behind New York). And, naturally, your employees won't mind being able to knock off a little early before the weekend, or will they... 

    "Seriously, you don't have to stay... "  - Jason Huf  ("Seriously, you can leave... ")

    In any event, I find that making time for yourself and your favorite people (or, pets) is not impossible - it really boils down to time management. I have also found that taking the occasional, but regular, breather won't kill the bottom line, can make you better at your job and (depending on the activity at hand) may even have the potential to make the world a better place.  And, I feel like a million dirhams.

    This is what a million dirhams looks like... (Jason Huf)  (This is what a million dirhams looks like... )

    So, even with the cold winds of winter coming, ready to whistle through the concrete canyons of downtown Manhattan (and I hate winter) - I'm going to continue to make time for me. Since returning to the United States several years ago, I have ordinarily gone into hybernation every winter (absent JHI's Annual Informal Holiday Gathering), but not this year.

    Why work so hard in the first place?  I don't live to work, I work to live (and, my work is pretty darned good anyway, if I do say so myself).  So, I'll work as hard as I play, and play as hard as I work.  Maybe you should, too? Whether its rubbing elbows with royalty from an ancient noble line, or having a beer or two with your cheeseburger during an extra-long lunch.  Hey, whatever floats your boat.

    The bottom line is this:  You have an epic and fabulous career, so Live an EPIC and Fabulous Life. There is no point to doing anything else.

    I decided against supplying the entire list of extra-curricular activites because if I did you'd still be reading this instead of engaging in your own leisure pursuits (if reading this little blog is one of your leisure pursuits, well, I'm flattered).

    Oh, and we all have to get some work in once and a while, too.  OK, now back to the grind...  : )

    Jason Huf Heading Out 

     – Jason Huf
    Thursday, October 12, 2017
    New York, NY

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