DUBAI: The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, honored Indian-born businessman Yusuffali MA and 11 others from the most Abu Dhabi’s highest civilian honor for their noble and charitable contributions to the community.
Yusuffali, 65, chairman and chief executive officer of Abu Dhabi-based LuLu Group, which operates hypermarkets and retail businesses in many countries, was honored by the crown prince on Friday.
Sheikh Mohamed said, “The values of the United Arab Emirates continue to reflect the deeply held faith of our founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who believed in the kindness, humanity and generosity of people. , we are celebrating 12 amazing people who have chosen to practice these values every day through their noble and charitable work, making our country and our communities stronger. ”
The individuals were honored for a wide range of contributions, including their efforts in health, community service and volunteering, humanitarian work, as well as culture, heritage and environmental preservation, reported the Khaleej Times.
The awards, which were presented at the 10th annual Abu Dhabi Awards held at Qasr Al Hosn, a historic landmark and the oldest stone building in Abu Dhabi, celebrate compassionate people who have dedicated their time and their selfless efforts to spread the good and serve the community.
The prestigious award went to Kerala-born Yusuffali for his outstanding contribution to Abu Dhabi’s business, industry and support for various philanthropic initiatives, the LuLu Group said in a statement.
“A very proud and moving moment in my life. I am truly upset and humbled to receive such a great honor from Abu Dhabi where I have lived for 47 years,” he said after receiving this honor.
“It was December 31, 1973, I arrived in the United Arab Emirates with new dreams and hopes. I arrived here after seeing many ups and downs and various challenges, and I take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to the visionary leadership of this great country, in particular His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.
“Whatever I am today is thanks to the support and prayers of the leaders of the great country and the expat community which includes my Indian brothers and sisters and I dedicate this honor to them,” said Yusuffali.
He is the only Indian among the 12 eminent personalities who received this honor this year.
The Abu Dhabi Awards are an initiative of the Abu Dhabi government that recognizes and honors those individuals who have selflessly dedicated themselves to supporting and contributing to the development of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Yusuffali, recently ranked in the Forbes Billionaire 2021 list as the richest Indian in the Middle East, is being touted as the most influential Indian in the Middle East due to his closeness to Gulf rulers, the statement said.
During the current period of COVID-19, Yusuffali has contributed over Rs 50 crore, including Rs 25 crore to the PM Cares fund, Rs 10 crore to the relief fund of the Chief Minister of Kerala, Rs 5 crore to the relief fund from the UP Chief Minister, Rs 1 crore to the Relief Fund of the Chief Minister of Haryana and to various social and cultural organizations in the Middle East that have provided aid and assistance to Indians in distress, he said. he declares.
The Lulu Group, one of the leading retailers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, owns more than 200 hypermarkets and supermarkets in the Gulf countries, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, India and employs more than 58,000 people from various countries and has logistics centers in the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, South Africa, the Philippines and Thailand, among others.