From a company driver to CEO of own firm

Going to madrasa and learning Arabic language opened up life-changing opportunities for Ali Velamulli. His life story is of a person who was once a company driver in Abu Dhabi but shifted gears and took the right turns to success. Today he is the CEO of Mr Clean property management. Velamulli’s UAE journey started in …

Indian expat conducts free awareness sessions to help compatriots combat financial woes

For some, K.V. Shamsudheen is the lifeline that brought them back to their lives from the edge of suicide. For many others, he is the guiding star that led their lives to a brighter future. All that Indian expatriate K.V. Shamsudheen does to make these wonders is lending a sympathetic ear to the depressed souls …

From Dh28 a month to running an education empire in UAE

As a young engineer who came to the UAE 38 years ago, entrepreneur Abdul Lahir Hassan, chairman of Iqra Education, reaped the benefits of a welcoming country and people and stuck to his Islamic values to grow an education empire At the end of 1979, I landed in the UAE along with my wife. I …

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Navdeep Singh Suri To Be India’s New Envoy To United Arab Emirates

  New Delhi:  Senior diplomat Navdeep Singh Suri was today appointed Ambassador to United Arab Emirates, a strategically important nation country which is a major supplier of oil to India and is home to around 2.6 million-strong Indians. Mr Suri, a 1983 batch Indian Foreign Service official, is expected to take up the assignment shortly, …

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Moideen Thumbay – Gulf Medical University, Ajman Founder President

Mr. Moideen Thumbay is a third generation entrepreneur credited for establishing the Thumbay Group in UAE in 1998. The Thumbay Group is in the field of Health Education, Healthcare, Medical Research, Diagnostics, Retail Pharmacy, Health Communications, Information Technology, Retail Opticals, Wellness, Hospitality and Real Estate. The Group’s vision is to achieve a global presence in …

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Richest 50 Indians in the Gulf – Arabian Business List

Arabian Business.com revealed the list of 50 Richest Indians in the Middle East. Landmark Group founder Jagtiani tops Arabian Business Indian Rich List with personal fortune o fS$4.5bn. Here is the full list as put up on the ArabianBusiness.com website. Rank Name Industry Wealth 1 Micky Jagtiani Retail $4.5 bn 2 Feroz Allana Consumer Goods …

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Sunny Varkey, GEMS

Sunny Varkey is the epitome of a self-made man. His education group, GEMS, has morphed from a single Indian primary school to the biggest provider of K12 education in the world. Under Varkey’s steer, Global Education Management Systems (GEMS) today teaches 100,000 students in 100 schools across 11 countries. Varkey’s interests don’t end with education. …

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Tony Jashanmal, Jashanmal Group

With roots dating back to 1919, ‘Jashanmal’ is a household name across the Middle East. The group began trading in Basra, Iraq, with a single store. Today, executive director Tony Jashanmal leads a UAE-based corporation with multi-channel activities across the GCC and India. The retail arm of the firm operates more than 100 stores across …

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Rajen Kilachand, Dodsal Group

Founded more than six decades ago in Mumbai, the Dodsal Group has grown into a multinational conglomerate with interests in engineering, mining, trading and hospitality. And its chairman and president Rajen Kilachand has no plans to stop there. “My aim is to have the company build on its existing strengths in the EPC sector and …

Ramesh Prabhakar, Rivoli

Ramesh Prabhakar is the managing partner, of the UAE-based Rivoli Group. In 1988, Rivoli Group sold just one watch brand as the company fought to establish itself in the Middle East. Today, it is one of the region’s largest importers and retailers of luxury brands. The company’s stores now offer products ranging from watches and …