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MD, Lulu Group In­ter­na­tional

Se­cret of suc­cess Though it may sound a cliché, hon­esty and quick de­ci­sion-mak­ing cou­pled with a core team of loyal col­leagues. Work mantra Look out for op­por­tu­ni­ties, in­vest in loyal and ded­i­cated hu­man re­source who can be em­pow­ered to lead dif­fer­ent vi­sions and mis­sions. Is there a place for emo­tions in busi­ness? Emo­tions do play a big role in what­ever I do. Ob­vi­ously, I would not make a busi­ness de­ci­sion purely based on emo­tions, but when it comes to deal­ing with my staff and col­leagues, yes emo­tions do come into play. I think that is what makes a good or­gan­i­sa­tion a great place to work for or to do busi­ness with. Your role mod­els I hail from a tra­di­tional busi­ness fam­ily and I learnt my ini­tial busi­ness skills from my grand­fa­ther. It is he who taught me the value of hon­esty, hu­mil­ity and lead­er­ship qual­i­ties. How do you main­tain a work/life bal­ance? One does miss out on fam­ily and so­cial time due to the hec­tic sched­ules, but over the years I have al­ways made it a point to spend as much time as pos­si­ble with my fam­ily. Of course, my wife has been com­pletely in charge of the home front and that has been a big sup­port. Now I some­times try to com­bine my busi­ness trips with my fam­ily va­ca­tions. De­scribe yourself in a sen­tence A sim­ple and hum­ble guy who came in search of new op­por­tu­ni­ties to the UAE and achieved a few suc­cesses thanks to hard work, ded­i­ca­tion and a loyal team. Does luck play a part in your suc­cess? Of course luck surely has played its role in what­ever I have achieved. I think luck is noth­ing but the bless­ings of the Almighty, with­out which no one can achieve any­thing in life.

Micky Jag­tiani

Chair­man, Land­mark Group

Se­cret of suc­cess Strong be­lief in people, an abil­ity to share my dream and have them be­lieve it. Work mantra Care­fully lis­ten, con­stantly adapt, al­ways deliver. Is there a place for emo­tions in busi­ness? Yes. Busi­ness is about people and life. So how can it be only about the head, and not the heart? Your role mod­els Gau­tam Buddha for life, and Sam Wal­ton in re­tail – they have both in­spired me greatly. How do you main­tain a work/life bal­ance? In the last year, I have cut down on my work sched­ule, al­though I go to the of­fice daily. My fam­ily is very im­por­tant to me. I spend a lot of time at home with my wife, my kids and am now a grand­fa­ther, a role I am start­ing to en­joy. I love watch­ing movies, es­pe­cially in­spi­ra­tional ones, and must watch a movie ev­ery day. Does luck play a part in your suc­cess? Yes, a great part, but one can­not mea­sure these things.


CEO, NMC Health­care

Se­cret of suc­cess I be­lieve per­se­ver­ance and tenac­ity have led me on the path to suc­cess. My op­ti­mism about the fu­ture and a ser­vice­ori­ented ap­proach to­wards the so­ci­ety have made me what I am to­day. Work mantra Put ev­ery par­ti­cle of your be­ing into the ef­fort, and the re­sult will take care of it­self. It is this be­lief that has kept me go­ing. And for me, noth­ing is greater than the joy of giv­ing back to so­ci­ety. Is there a place for emo­tions in busi­ness? Start­ing your own busi­ness re­quires the ut­most com­mit­ment and per­haps even sac­ri­fices from you and your close fam­ily mem­bers. There­fore, it is a very emo­tional de­ci­sion as well. Who are your role mod­els? I deeply ad­mire In­dian politi­cian Atal Bi­hari Va­j­payee and In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi for their work ethics and ser­vice mind­ed­ness. I am in­spired by the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sul­tan Al Nahyan for his vi­sion and his teach­ings that have cre­ated a mir­a­cle called the UAE.

The lead­er­ship of His High­ness Shaikh Mo­ham­mad Bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, Vice-Pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is mo­ti­vat­ing, and his ef­forts to trans­form Dubai into the best city in

the world for liv­ing, are truly com­mend­able. His High­ness Shaikh Khal­ifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Pres­i­dent of the UAE, with his vi­sion­ary lead­er­ship has pos­i­tively in­flu­enced me.

Their lead­er­ship has trans­formed a desert land into an ocean of op­por­tu­nity by pro­vid­ing a sta­ble, se­cure, safe and busi­ness-friendly en­vi­ron­ment to mil­lions of res­i­dents from 200 coun­tries, mak­ing the UAE the most cos­mopoli­tan coun­try in the world to­day. How do you main­tain a work/life bal­ance? I en­joy do­ing what I do ev­ery day, so it does not re­ally seem to tire me. When I am not at work, I love to spend time with my fam­ily. My wife has been very un­der­stand­ing; she en­cour­ages and

“I set very high ex­pec­ta­tions for my­self and many times I feel that I fall short of them”

sup­ports me in all my en­deav­ours. De­scribe yourself in a sen­tence I would like to be re­mem­bered as a good man, who did his ut­most to make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence in people’s lives. I strive to ac­com­plish it ev­ery day. Does luck play a part in your suc­cess? Yes, luck does play an im­por­tant role in ev­ery­one’s life. But luck is just the cherry on the cake. It works for those who are ready to work hard with ded­i­ca­tion, loy­alty and in­tegrity. For luck to work in your favour, al­ways dream big.


Chair­man, Sobha Group

Se­cret of suc­cess That’s easy. My un­com­pro­mis­ing fo­cus on qual­ity. Work mantra Pas­sion­ately work­ing ev­ery day to deliver qual­ity with­out short­cuts. Is there place for emo­tions in busi­ness? Do­ing busi­ness is all about emo­tions; businesses thrive on them. Pas­sion is an emo­tion. Our motto is Pas­sion at Work. Your role mod­els I set very high ex­pec­ta­tions for my­self and many times I feel that I fall short of my own ex­pec­ta­tions. There­fore, com­par­ing my­self to some­one else is out of the ques­tion. How do you main­tain a work/life bal­ance? When you love what you do this isn’t an is­sue. But out­side work I like spend­ing time with my fam­ily. I en­joy spend­ing time with my grand­chil­dren. I rely on early morn­ing gym ses­sions to en­sure I stay healthy, and that I have a pro­duc­tive day in the of­fice. De­scribe yourself in a sen­tence I am an ex­tremely de­tail-ori­ented per­son with an un­com­pro­mis­ing eye for qual­ity. Does luck play a part in your suc­cess? Luck plays an im­por­tant part in one’s suc­cess. How­ever, mak­ing the most of ev­ery op­por­tu­nity that luck brings you only comes through hard work.

Har­shadRa­maniklal Me­hta

Chair­man, Rosy Blue Group

Se­cret of suc­cess Do lots of home­work be­fore you start any­thing. Well­pre­pared is half the bat­tle won. Work mantra Do not start any­thing un­til you un­der­stand it well and pre­pare for it. When things go wrong, which they some­times do, don’t blame any­one else. Who are your role mod­els? My­self and my hard work. How do you main­tain a work/life bal­ance? By giv­ing qual­ity time to both fam­ily and busi­ness. De­scribe yourself in a sen­tence I am ex­cited when I take on chal­lenges. Does luck play a part in your suc­cess? Yes, maybe 10 per cent. I think we must credit cir­cum­stances and other people too in our suc­cess to a small ex­tent.

Note: Forbes Mid­dle East clarifies that The Top In­dian Own­ers in the Arab World is not based solely on the net­worth of an in­di­vid­ual, and hence will not co­in­cide with the Bil­lion­aires’ list. “In pro­duc­ing the rank­ing, to­tal tally was based on cri­te­ria which in­cluded fac­tors such as num­ber of em­ploy­ees and ge­ogra­phies un­der re­spon­si­bil­ity, years of ex­pe­ri­ence or oper­a­tion, and in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion all in the mix,” says Vaib­hav Rao, re­searcher, Forbes Mid­dle East.

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