NKN Media and India Today Group have hosted an awards ceremony ‘Icons of the UAE’.

It brought together 16 Indian entrepreneurs based in the UAE to recognise their impact on the UAE’s business landscape and community.

Dr. Shashi Tharoor, an Indian politician, diplomat, and acclaimed author, said: “Though NRI traditionally signifies ‘Non-Resident Indian,’ in my view, they equally embody the essence of being the ‘National Reserve of India.

“Their remarkable journeys inspire everyone, especially Indians worldwide, reflecting their enduring impact and unwavering passion.”

The event also featured India Today’s anchors, including Rajdeep Sardesai, Sweta Singh, Anjana Om Kashyap, and Nabila Jamal.

The list of awardees included:

  • Paras Shahdadpuri, Chairman of Nikai Group of Companies
  • Rizwan Sajan, Chairman and Founder of Danube Group
  • Dr.Dhananjay Datar, Chairman and Managing Director of Adil Trading Company
  • Naresh Kumar Bhawnani, Group Founder & Chairman of Westzone
  • Dr. Thumbay Moideen, Founder and President of Thumbay Group
  • Prashant Goenka, Director of Emami
  • Dr. KP Hussain, Chairman and Managing Director of Fathima Healthcare Group
  • Yogesh Mehta, CEO of Petrochem Middle East.


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