Oliur, Emadur and Mahtabur Rahman all from Al Haramain Group
A trio of non-resident Bangladeshi (NRB) businessmen – Mahtabur, Oliur and Emadur Rahman – from the same family and same company, Al Haramain Group of Companies, have each been awarded the UAE Gold Visa.
In what is a first for the country, Oliur, vice-chairman of Al Haramain Group, and Emadur, deputy managing director, received their UAE Gold Visa on Tuesday, a few weeks after company chairman Mahtabur was awarded his.
Bangladeshi nationals make up one of the largest business communities in the UAE, owning more than 50,000 businesses in the country and employ more than 150,000 people.
Mahtabur and Oliur are brothers while Emadur Rahman is the son of Mahtabur. All run separate group companies while working closely in the group’s holding company as business leaders.
Each of them are shareholders in three separate banks in Bangladesh, while Mahtabur is also chairman of NRB Bank Ltd (Bangladesh) and president of Bangladesh Business Council in Dubai, UAE.
The recognition comes as Al Haramain Group celebrates 38 years of its presence in the UAE.
“It is a rare feat and we are all honoured and privileged to receive this great honour, I don’t know how to express my feelings. We shifted our business to the UAE from Saudi Arabia 38 years ago. Since then, our business thrived and today we are some of the lucky families in this country,” said Mahtabur, who added that the recognition would encourage them to invest more in the country.
Al Haramain Group, which has diversified business interests in perfumes, tea, banking, education, healthcare and hospitality sectors, currently owns more than 20 businesses across the GCC, Bangladesh, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, United States and other countries, with more than 100 branches directly employing more than 1,000 professionals and employees.
The company was established as a small business in Makkah, Saudi Arabia in 1970, before entering the UAE market in 1981 and later shifting its operations and head office to the UAE.
A total of five Bangladeshi expatriates have so far been awarded Gold Visas, the other two being Mahbubul Alam Manik, a Dubai-based industrialist, and Akhter Hossain, a Ras Al Khaimah-based businessman with interests in real estate and retail activities.