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PROFILE
 
Mr. Yusuff Ali M.A.
, Managing Director of Emke Group ranks today among thetop NRI Business personalities. The Group has diversified into many significant areasunder his dynamic stewardship, retail being the most prominent of them.His astute business vision and strategic mind have evolved ambitious growth plans for the Group and ensured their materialization through a team of people who share his driveand dynamism. Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of United Arab Emirates theGroup is best known in the Gulf through a chain of popular Shopping Malls,Hypermarkets, Supermarkets and Department stores which serve the widest segments of multi-ethnic residents in the region. Foremost among them is the Lulu Chain of outlets,followed by Al Falah Plaza and Emirates General Market. The Group’s formidable position in retailing is ably supported by an integrated network of import, distribution andwhole-sale marketing operations, apart from a cross-continent network of outsourcingoperations.Emke Group, with its 22,000 strong workforce from 29 different nations andoperational bases extending over the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Yemen, SaudiArabia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Benin and Tanzania isone of the most successful corporates of the times with a steadily ascending growth curveover the years. The Group employs more than 16,200 Indians.Apart from his busy business involvement, Yusuff Ali is equally active on the socialfront and is associated with various organizations.In recognition of his remarkable achievements in Business & Industry and hisdistinguished services in the field of Social Work, he was conferred the prestigious
Padma Shri
award by
H.E. Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil
, Hon’ble President of India
 
on 05th May, 2008. He was the first Non-resident Indian from the Gulf and the MiddleEast countries to be honored with this coveted award by the Government of India.Taking into consideration his valuable contribution in promoting the honour and prestige of India, his efforts in fostering the interests of overseas Indians, and hisoutstanding achievements in the field of business, he has been conferred with the prestigious
“Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award”
the highest Indian GovernmentAward given to Non-Resident Indians by
H.E. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
, the former Hon’ble President of India at Mumbai in January, 2005.The crowning glory in his career came when he was overwhelmingly elected by the business community in Abu Dhabi as the
Director Board member
of the
Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ADCCI)
in the year 2005. This was the firsttime that elections were held for the ADCCI and expatriate was elected to the Director Board of one of the world’s most prosperous and wealthy business regulatory authorities.In addition to this, he was also unanimously elected by the Board members as the
Vice-chairman
of the prestigious
Trade Committee
of the ADCCI.
After four years, in the year 2009, the U.A.E business community re-elected him tothe Director Board of ADCCI with a thumping majority.
 
Yusuffali is very closely involved in many social, charitable and humanitarianactivities both in India as well as in Gulf countries and plays a vital role infostering the interests of Non-resident Indians and keeping intact the communalharmony among the NRIs in the Gulf.
His earnest and dedicated efforts have helped in securing cremation grounds for Hindu brethren in the Gulf.
Through his close association with the authorities in the Gulf he has been able toarrange free land for the Christian community to construct churches.

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