Dr. Dhananjay Datar, Chairman and Managing Director of Al Adil Trading was recently ranked on number 18 amongst the richest Indians in the UAE in 2018, by Arabian Business. While, in 2017 he was on the 19th position, in 2016 he ranked 39th – indeed a meteoric rise from rank 39th to 18th in just two years.
Reacting to the announcement, Dr. Dhananjay (Jay) Datar, popularly known as the ‘Masala King’ said, it is a great honor to be recognized by Arabian Business, which is one of the most credible media houses in the world, which recognizes their passion and contribution to the advancement of the Arab region.
“The aim of the listing is to recognize the powerful and influential Indian leaders shaping the Arab world through their vision and investment. These trailblazers have set up some of the most successful companies in the Middle East, using their vision, ingenuity and formidable leadership to bring capital to their shareholders and into our economies,” says Datar. The ranking is the result of in-depth research and analysis into Indian professionals residing and/or operating businesses in the Arab World.
Dr. Datar says, “Honours 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. 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”.
The Incredible Making Of The ‘Masala King’ – From Poverty To Riches
The success story of Dr. Dhananjay Datar is highly inspirational to every business passionate mind. His childhood passed in poverty which taught him self-reliance, frugality and hard work. Although without any entrepreneurial or sound financial background, he dreamt of owning a business since a very young age. He sold phenyl and instant mixes door-to-door in Mumbai’s suburbs and learned the art of selling. He started his business career as an intern in a small grocery shop started by his father in Dubai. He used to sweep, clean and carry heavy bags initially and gradually learned the management of the shop under the wise tutelage of his father.
With honesty, hard work and determination, he created an empire – the world-famous business group Al Adil, out of his tiny shop.
Today the Dr. Dhananjay Datar group encompass a chain of 40 spacious super stores spread across Gulf Countries, 2 modern spice factories, 2 flour mills, and an import-export company. The rulers of UAE felicitated Dhananjay with a prestigious award and the title Masala King, for his invaluable contribution to the business sector. His name was honorably included in Forbes Middle East magazine’s list of Top 100 Indian Businessmen in the Arab World. Dr. Datar has been conferred with a number of prestigious national and international awards till now.
Today, the Al Adil Trading group under the dynamic leadership of Dr. Dhananjay Datar has performed a key role in bringing more than 9000 Indian products to UAE. The group also produces more than 700 products within categories like readymade flours, spices, pickles, jams, Namkeen, and instants, under its own brand ‘Peacock’. His group’s Indian arm, Masala King Exports (India) Pvt. Ltd. is successfully operating from Mumbai. Al Adil Group is in active expansion mode and increasing its outlets in other Gulf countries. It has established special trade routes in USA, Canada, Kenya, Switzerland, Italy, Eretria, Kuwait, Oman, and UAE.
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