Amongst Top Indian Leaders in the Arab World 2016
Dr. Dhananjay (Jay) Datar, Chairman & Managing Director of Al Adil Trading was recently honoured by Forbes Middle East as the 33rd top Indian leader in the Arab World 2016. Dr. Datar, popularly known as the ‘Masala King’ said it is a great honour to be recognized by Forbes ME, which is one of the most credible media houses in the world. The ‘4th Top Indian Leaders in the Arab World 2016 Awards’ were hosted last week at the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, UAE to celebrate the success of these Indian trailblazers.
Dr. Datar, founder of Al Adil Group is majorly into the retail sector and perhaps the only Maharashtrian in the top 100 Indians ranked by Forbes ME.
Non-resident Indians in the Gulf region have played a major role in economic development. To honor their achievements, the Forbes Middle East every year awards the Top 100 Indian entrepreneurs. This year another ranking was unveiled – that of Top 50 Indians in Executive Management in both multinationals and Arab companies. Recognizing their passion and contribution to the advancement of the Arab region, Forbes Middle East revealed its long-awaited list of the Top Indian Leaders in the Arab World at an impressive ceremony that was attended by a host of prominent individuals and graced by India’s Ambassador to the UAE, T.P. Seetharam, besides other distinguished guests.
The ranking is the result of in depth research and analysis of Indian professionals residing and/or operating businesses in the Arab World. The list of 100 entrepreneurs was shortlisted from 250 and the research was based on data collected from primary resources, along with a questionnaire filled by them. Forbes Middle East serves as a major reference point for business information and collaboration, supporting key decision makers and investors across the region’s sectors, as well as furthering the economic development of the Arab world. This recognition is bound to yield good results for the global economy.
After receiving the award Dr. Datar said, “Honors and recognition add more responsibility to what we do. I strongly believe that we will strive to provide enhanced value to our customers in a socially responsible manner. I wish to thank Forbes Middle East for the honor. It is also a reflection of the dedicated team effort of our entire organization. I wish to thank the Rulers of this great country who support and encourage us in our endeavors. It is evident from the fact that a majority of the Top Leaders and Business owners are based in UAE, which is a clear reflection of the support that we get from the leaders of UAE”.
Al Adil Trading has been instrumental in bringing 9000 Indian products in the UAE. In Dubai Investment Park he has set up a massive 150 thousand sq ft factory to manufacture and package spices as well as flour. It also has an Indian arm named Masala King Exports in Mumbai. Al Adil has a network of 31 outlets, 2 flour mills and 2 spices factories in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Ajman and also a branch of Mumbai Export Division in the name of Masala King Exports (India) Pvt. Ltd in Mumbai, India. Al Adil is on an active expansion mode and has recently opened new outlets in Oman and Bahrain. The company has also diversified into import and export under the special class establishment with trade lines in the US, Canada, Tanzania, Kenya, Switzerland, Italy and Eritrea as well as Kuwait, Oman and the UAE.