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Maghanmal Pancholia

Maghanmal Pancholia is one of Dubai’s most respected businessmen. Residing in Dubai for more than six decades, he has achieved an admirable number of accolades and senior appointments. It began for Pancholia in 1957, when he recognised the need for electricity in the emirate and decided to set up a firm to buy a generator …

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Ramesh Ramakrishnan

Chairman of the Transworld Group of Companies (TGC) Ramesh Ramakrishnan has become a well-respected businessman in the logistics industry thanks to his success in creating one of the region’s biggest shipping empires. As a graduate in commerce from the University of Mumbai with over 25 years of entrepreneurial experience in shipping and extensive experience in …

Ajay Bhatia

Ajay Bhatia is the managing director of the UAE-based Bhatia Brothers Group. The firm, which has operations all over the GCC, as well as India, Iraq, Singapore, the UK and France, has had a regional presence for generations, dating back 100 years. The company provides services in three main divisions, engineering and industrial, consumer products, …

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Azad Moopen

Dr Azad Moopen, founder and chairman of D M Healthcare, is a renowned physician-urnedentrepreneur based in the UAE. Five years after passing his MD exams in 1987, Moopen came to Dubai and set up his own doctor’s clinic. Over the next 20 years, he established a chain of healthcare facilities across Asia and the Gulf, …

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Vasu Shroff

Founder of the UAE-based Regal Group of companies, Vasu Shroff is a regional icon in the business world. The 60-year-old group, which was established in 1952, has grown quickly to cover a number of different sectors, from technology and real estate, to garment distribution and luggage. It all started when Shroff set up Regal Traders …

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Rizwan Sajan

Rizwan Sajan is a great example of an Indian expat who has persevered and reaped the benefits. He started off in Kuwait shortly after university, working as a construction salesman, but was forced to flee to Dubai after Saddam Hussein’s invasion of the country. Though he was earning very little when he first arrived, over …

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Joy Alukkas

Owner of well-known and award winning jewellery firm Joyalukkas Group, Joy Alukkas has certainly earned himself a solid reputation as a successful entrepreneur. The Kerala-born chairman, who set up the $1bn global conglomerate almost a quarter of a century ago, has grown the business to become a key player in the Middle East jewellery market, …

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Ram Buxani

When Buxani came to Dubai at 18 after taking a five day boat trip, there was no water, no airport, no electricity, no roads, no telephone, and no oil. More than 45 years later, the city is booming, and he is the head of one of the biggest and oldest businesses in the country. His …

Mohan Valrani

Born in Sind in 1940, Mohan Valrani came from a family of entrepreneurs. In 1966, Valrani set up a partnership with influential Emirati businessman Abdulla Shirawi and the two have remained partners ever since. Under his leadership, the Al Shirawi Group was set up in 1971 and from a modest beginning of trading in steel …

Faisal Kottikollon

When Indian US-educated engineer Faisal Kottikollon decided he wanted to set up a scrap metals business in 1995, he decided to shun his home country and moved to the UAE. Now CEO of KEF Holdings (KEF), manufacturer of steel castings and valves, he set up a new state-of-the-art facility at Sharjah Hamriyah Free Zone in …