Al Fara’a Chairman J.R. Gangaramani named recipient of ‘Padma Shri Award’ in 2010

Published January 26th, 2010 - 07:49 GMT

Dr. J.R. Gangaramani, President and Executive Chairman of the Al Fara’a Integrated Construction Group, has been named as one of the recipients of the prestigious ‘Padma Shri Award’, according to an announcement made by the President of India’s office. The accolade is in recognition of the Chairman’s business achievements and his significant contributions to the growth of the India-UAE relations, wherein the value of non-oil bilateral trade has nearly doubled in the last two years from USD 29 billion to USD 44.5 billion in 2009. Dr. J.R. Gangaramani is the fifth UAE resident to achieve this award, which follows the ‘Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award’ that was awarded to him in January 2009 in recognition of his success across various fields and reserved for notable persons of Indian Origin outside of India.

The ‘Padma Shri  Award’ will be bestowed on Dr. J.R. Gangaramani for his business achievements, which have been marked by an exceptional journey of three decades. At present, the UAE is currently India’s principal trading partner, topping the list of the biggest importers of Indian goods and ranking second among the nations from which the leading Asian economy bought the most imports. Since its establishment in 1980, Al Fara’a Construction Company has become one of the important drivers of the booming relations between the two countries, having been responsible for erecting a number of high profile projects across the UAE. Nearly thirty years on, the Al Fara’a Integrated Construction Group has culminated in a multi-faceted conglomerate of 10 construction related companies that collectively employ 18,000 people across various industries.

“I am very humbled by this exceptional appreciation of my work not only in terms of the achievements of the Al Fara’a Integrated Construction Group but also in our organisation’s a significant impact in the enrichment of the India-UAE relations,” said Gangaramani. “In addition to the hardworking people who tirelessly work for the continuous growth of the Group, I wish to extend my sincerest gratitude to the Rulers of the UAE for their economic wisdom in creating an environment conducive to realising one’s dreams. I remain fully committed to serving the people of the UAE and India.”

Last year in January, Dr. Gangaramani was bestowed the ‘Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award’, which is reserved for notable persons of Indian Origin outside of India, by the President of India in Chennai. The prestigious ‘Padma Shri Award’, which was first conferred in 1954, is a civilian award for any Indian person to honour outstanding contribution or achievement in their chosen fields. Categories are not limited and include Business Excellence, Public Life and Social Service. Nominations are carried out by the State Government, Union Territory administrations, Ministries and other governmental bodies.

“I would like to express my deepest thanks to the Government of India for the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman and now Padma Shri Award, which inspired me even further in my endeavours. My commitment to enriching the lives of people goes beyond the business of constructing skyscrapers, as it focuses more on the development of individuals and communities for a more lasting sense of security and prosperity. This award only adds fuel to my burning resolve to make a striking impact on the lives of my employees, their families and the entire Indian community in the UAE,” concluded Gangaramani.

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