The managing director of Al Adil Trading has called on other Indian businessmen to do their part to help their countrymen who are having difficulty paying for their flights home
Dr. Dhananjay Datar, the chairman and managing director of UAE-based Al Adil Trading, has vowed to help pay for tickets for Indian citizens repatriating to their country amid the Covid-19 pandemic, it was announced on Wednesday.
In a statement, Dr. Datar – more popularly known as ‘the Masala King’ - said that the initiative is a personal decision to help his countrymen who want to repatriate home but are having difficulties paying for the expense.
The repatriation efforts taken by the Indian government is one of the largest initiatives undertaken to help those stranded on account of the pandemic,” he said. “It goes without saying that this could be seen as a one of the largest emergency evacuations and it is the duty of all of us to help our brethren in distress in whatever way we can.”
In many cases, Dr. Datar added, Indians in the UAE have lost their jobs and are unable to pay for the tickets.
"I will be coordinating with the approved bodies to extend a helping hand to those in need,” he said. “All necessary guidelines in connection with this will be strictly followed.”
Dr. Datar has already spoken to Indian consular officials about helping with the repatriation process.
“I am doing my small bit and I hope my initiative will be of use,” he said. “I also request all my fellow citizens to do their bit so that together we can overcome this crisis at the earliest.”
Al Adil Trading Group has a network of 43 stores across the GCC, as well as spice factories, flour mills and an import-export company. In addition to bringing in more than 9,000 Indian products across the UAE, it also produces more than 700 products.
It also has an Indian arm – Masala King Exports Pvt – and operates in countries outside the region include the US, Canada, Kenya and Italy.