Zabala worked as an application engineer for the following three years, where he learned about the region, the people and the culture. From 2006 to 2012, he worked as Project Sales Manager on international projects. “Job variety was great,” says the 43-year-old. “No day was like the next. It was never monotonous.” Working with Turkish colleagues he assisted customers in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, on major oil and gas refining projects. “My time working in the Middle East was very demanding and I grew a lot,” says Zabala. “Nevertheless, I needed a change after nine years.”
Zabala then moved to the EagleBurgmann headquarters in Wolfratshausen near Munich, where he worked as an application engineer in the oil and gas division. He is now the Project Development Manager for strategic projects. He is currently working on supplying components to a refinery in Kuwait that will be one of the largest in the world when finished.
Does he feel the urge to travel to distant lands once more? Not really. The Venezuelan has put down private roots in Germany. He is now married with two children. “The only things I really miss are the good weather, the raucous Venezuelan culture and the delicious South American food,” he says with a twinkle in his eye.