The annual event honours some of the most pioneering and inspiring Indian business leaders in the Middle East.
Vipul, Consul General of India to the UAE, graced the occasion as the guest of honour and presented the awards to the winner.
The 2017 edition of the list included business leaders from various sectors like retail, industrials, healthcare, banking and finance, both in top owners and top executive management categories.
Out of the 100 in the top owners list, over 90 per cent of them were based in UAE. Diversified companies dominated the awards list, followed by retail and real estate while luminaries from 24 other sectors were also honoured at the event.
In recognition of his contribution to the retail sector in the region, M A Yusuff Ali was honoured for the fifth year running.
Many other noted owners and founders were also honoured during the ceremony, including, Adeeb Ahamed, MD, Asia Express Exchange & Twenty14 Holdings, Ravi Pillai, MD, RP Group of Companies, Dr Shamsheer Vayalil, founder and MD, VPS Healthcare, Dr Azad Moopen, chairman and MD, Aster DM Healthcare, Rizwan Sajan, founder and chairman, Danube Group, Shaji Ul Mulk, chairman, Mulk Holdings, and Adnan Chilwan, Group CEO, Dubai Islamic Bank, among others.
“It is a tremendous honour to receive this award and be recognised among peers in the region. This recognition is an impetus for me to continue setting new benchmarks in the region’s financial industry and hospitality sector,” said Ahamed.
He added, “I would like to congratulate the fellow awardees who have been an integral part of the success story of this region. I would also like to thank Forbes Middle East for this recognition and my incredible team, which continues to propel our business to ever greater heights.”