Dr Dhananjay Datar, Chairman & Managing Director of Al Adil Trading was recently honored by Forbes Middle East as one of the top Indian leaders in the Arab World 2017-Retail award, ranking 32nd in the prestigious list.
2017 is the fifth consecutive year that Forbes ME is hosting the glamorous evening. Dr.Datar, popularly known as the ‘Masala King’ said, it is a great honor to be recognized by Forbes ME, which is one of the most credible media houses in the world. 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 hosted recently at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai. Guests of honor at the event included H.E. Mr. Vipul, Consul General of India to the UAE.
“Our gala to recognize the powerful and influential Indian leaders shaping the Arab world through their vision and investment is one of our most prestigious and popular events. 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,” said a spokesperson of Forbes ME.
The ranking is the result of in depth research and analysis into Indian professionals residing and/or operating businesses in the Arab World. 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 DrDatar 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”.
This is the story that began 27 years ago when DhananjayDatar, a young boy from Akola district in Maharashtra, went to Dubai and started a humble kirana store. That business in two and a half decades has become a 450 million dirhams Business Empire, with 23 entities spread across the Gulf. Today the world calls him the ‘Masala King’.
His phenomenal growth has become even more rapid, after his wife Vandana joined him in the business and this despite heavy recession. Datar attributes all credit to her for the recent giant strides made by the Al Adil Group. Usually behind every successful man there is a woman, but this is a case where behind this successful businessman, there is a successful businesswoman.
So what makes this Dubai based Maharashtrian entrepreneur tick? It’s his hands on approach, his business acumen and his modesty that has brought him, where he is today. And now he has spread his wings and is set to take a giant leap ahead. Datar has set up an ultra-modern new export office with latest equipment and international standard interiors, and a huge warehouse, to successfully meet the rising demand of exports, aiming at almost 300 tons of Indian products per day, to Gulf countries, under ‘Peacock’ brand. This is up from 50 tons daily, three years ago. Datar is the only Maharashtrian entrepreneur in India to export and sell overseas, food items in such huge quantities.
Al Adil Trading under the dynamic leadership of DrDhananjay Datar has been instrumental in bringing 9000 Indian products in the UAE. Al Adil has a network of 36 supermarkets, 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.