Yusuffali recieves top British Award


London: Chairman of UAE based LULU Group has been bestowed with this year’s QUEEN’S AWARD for his contribution towards boosting international trade. Lord Lieutenant John Crabtree, HM The Queen’s special representative handed over the award to Yusuffali MA a during a glittering ceremony held at the Birmingham Council House. Later in the day HM Queen Elizabeth hosted a royal reception for the winners at Buckingham Palace and had close interaction with the chosen few award winners.

The Queen’s Award is announced every year on the Birthday of Queen Elizabeth and is awarded for meritorious contribution in the fields of innovation, international trade and employment generation which results in tangible growth of UK’s economy. The award ceremony was attended by Anne Underwood, Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Christine Hamilton, Under Secretary of Trade Ministry, Khalid Mehmood, MP and a host of prominent businessmen and trade officials. Elaborating about the Award, John Crabtree said “Y International UK Pvt Ltd. part of LULU Group has played a tremendous role in further boosting UK’s position as an investor friendly destination. They have not only opened up a huge market for the British products worldwide through their operations here but also have contributed significantly in providing job and training opportunities.”

During his acceptance speech Yusuffali said “I am extremely honoured and proud to receive the prestigious Queen's Award this year. This great recognition will surely help us further strengthen our plans to expand business interests in UK and continue with our innovations and contributions to the dynamic economy of UK. The fact that we have grown and expanded our operations in such a short span of time is a testament of the pro-development economic policies of UK and we are fully committed to playing our role in further boosting the trade while focusing on key aspects such as highest quality, human resources and excellent corporate governance".

Y International UK Pvt Ltd, with its huge state-of-the-art operations in Birmingham, sources and exports a wide range of world-class food products to over 136 hypermarkets & supermarkets of LULU Group across the ME, Africa, India and Far East countries. The group which has already invested close to US$ 550 million till now in the UK including The East India Company and London Scotland Yard, will be investing another US$ 52 million in setting up an advanced food processing zone in Birmingham, the work for which will begin next month informed Yusuffali.

LuLu Group to donate AED10 million to support Emirates Red Crescent programmes over 10 years


ABU DHABI: The Lulu Group International has announced an annual donation of AED1 million, to support the Emirates Red Crescent or ERC, humanitarian and development programmes for 10 years, as part of its initiatives in the Year of Giving.

This announcement was made during the visit of Yusuff Ali, Chairman of Lulu Group International, to the headquarters of the ERC, where Dr. Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi, Secretary-General of the ERC, and several officials welcomed him. Al Falahi received a cheque for AED1 million from Yusuff Ali, representing the group’s donation for the current year in the presence of senior officials of ERC and Lulu group.

Yusuff Ali stressed that the Lulu Group International is always committed to its social responsibilities and contributes by co-operating with its humanitarian partners, with the ERC as its main partner. He added that the group is always keen to respond to the call of humanitarian duty and interact with the initiatives of the ERC, as it strongly believes in the ERC’s role to rescue victims all over the world. He also expressed his appreciation for the ERC’s vital initiatives, its rapid response to crises and disasters and its solidarity with victims, making it a leading humanitarian institution.

Dr. Al Falahi expressed the ERC’s appreciation for the group for its support for the ERC’s activities while highlighting that the group is a permanent partner and fundamental supporter of its programmes, both inside and outside the UAE. He added that these actions have opened wider horizons of co-operation with the group, to fulfil its social responsibility and support the national economy.

Dr. Al Falahi stated that strengthening its partnership with national institutions, especially economic institutions, is a supreme goal that the ERC desires to support its capabilities, under the monitoring of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of the ERC. The ERC has taken greater steps in this direction and has created many strategic partnerships with several authorities and economic institutions, causing a qualitative leap in its programmes and development projects.

Al Falahi highlighted that the ERC has adopted initiatives and ideas to gather the support of those who are charitable and good, for the benefit of people with humanitarian issues. Due to its good planning, it was able to establish focussed and constructive partnerships with the private sector that contributed in providing financial earnings, enabling it to fulfil its commitments towards those targeted by its services, both inside and outside the country.

Yusuff Ali M.A. Tops Forbes 2017 List of Indian Business Leaders in Arab World


Yusuff Ali M.A., Managing Director of Lulu Group International, was ranked No. 1 in Forbes Middle East's annual list of the Top 100 Indian Business Leaders of the Arab World in 2017. 100 Business Owners and 50 members of Executive Management round out the list this year, which also highlights 28 young and talented next-generation business leaders.

The Business Owners and Executives oversee a workforce of over 750,000 employees. As per the list, most of the top 100 Business Owners run diversified companies, followed by Retail, Real Estate and Construction Sectors. These selections were made based on information collected through questionnaires, various industry or government reports and company websites.