GCC 100 Inspiring Leaders 2019

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Rizwan Sajan

Rizwan Sajan

Company:

Danube Group

Designation:

Founder and Chairman

The evolution of Danube Group, one of the established building material firms in the Middle East, is directly linked to the journey of its founder and chairman, Rizwan Sajan. Born and brought up in a middle class family in Mumbai, Sajan is called the man with the ‘Midas Touch’. He has built his company into a market leader for building materials in the GCC and is now slowly and steadily moving his foot prints towards property development and home improvement.

The company recorded a turnover of $1.3bn in 2018 and has been growing steadily ever since. Under Sajan’s guidance, over the last 25 years, the company has charted a path that transformed from being just one shop with one employee to global employee strength of over 3,300 people, over 50 locations in nine countries worldwide including UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Africa and India. Danube Group occupies more than 5.5 million sq  ft of land in JAFZA, making it one of the biggest land bank occupiers in JAFZA. The warehouses across the UAE stock more than 50,000 products.

Sajan says it his business strategy and the ability to think differently which has helped him build his empire. He creates his own USP rather than competing with others, he says.

Sajan’s says it was not just his experience but foresight, perspective and commitment that built Danube from a two-person team to a strong business empire with a global presence.

His mantra for success is very simple: find the right people, then trust and empower them to run the business - and this is exactly how he has steered his company to success. A workaholic by all means, Sajan has always believed that there are no shortcuts to success. Hard work and determination are the keys to his victory. During his leisure time he indulges himself in partying, travelling and watching movies with his wife, Sameera. In recognition of Sajan’s leadership skills, he has been awared the Dubai Quality Award, 50 Most Powerful Indians in the UAE by Arabian Business, Indian Business Leader in the Arab World, Real Estate Company in the Arab World from Forbes, Star Business Leadership Award in 2017, Best Real Estate Company in the Arab World by The Gulf Business Awards, 100 Indian Leaders in the UAE List and Prestigious Brands of Asia Award.