Company: Al Adil Trading
Designation: Chairman and Managing Director
Grocery store magnate Dr Dhahanjay Datar arrived in the UAE at the age of 19 to work alongside his father, Mahadev Data, in a small shop in Bur Dubai. This morphed into the import-export firm Al Adil Group, which is well known for its spices sourced from his Mumbai-based Masala King Exports.
In December, the UAE’s “Masala King” opened his 39th store – in Bahrain – and now has outlets spread across the GCC and India. The group also trades in food items and has expanded into cosmetics. Additionally, the company has a manufacturing unit in Dubai’s Al Quoz, where it produces a range of foodstuffs under the Peacock brand.
Success was not handed to Datar – he recalls never having breakfast while growing up and walking barefoot to school, a far cry from the custom-made Rolls-Royce he now drives.