Revealed: The 100 world's most influential Arabs 2017
Tue 27 Jun 2017 05:00 AM
Bilal Ballout and Mohamad Khachab
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Bilal Ballout and Mohamad Khachab

Industry: Retail

Company: BMB Group

Designation: Co-founder/managing partner

Country: Lebanon (UAE)

The saying goes that if you love what you do, you will succeed. And who does not like chocolate? Perhaps that explains the quick success of BMB Group, the largest Mediterranean confectionery and chocolate manufacturers in the Gulf.

Bilal Ballout, who in 2006 co-founded the company based on his obsession with the dark delight, is responsible for selecting the best ingredients to bring home to the Dubai facility. Mohamad Khachab manages the commercial side of the business, looking after priority customers in chocolate and sweets worldwide.

BMB Group now has two facilities in Dubai Investment Park with products such as Petit Gourmet, Asateer, Mely’s, Simply BKLVA and De Raphael exported to more than 30 countries. They now employ more than 1,100 people and have expanded to Russia, Europe, and the US.