DR P A Ibrahim Haji
When it comes to business, Dr P A Ibrahim Haji is an all rounder. He has made his presence felt in the business of textile, education, automobiles, jewellery etc. He is also into partnership business in production, manufacturing and construction. He employs more than 7,000 people in India and the GCC.
Dr Ibrahim is the Managing Director of Al Shamali Group (textiles and garments); the founder and Vice Chairman of Indus Motor Company in India; Chairman of the UAE based Century International Travels; Co-Chairman and key investor of Malabar Gold; Chairman of Mangalore based PA Engineering College, PA First Grade College, PA Pre-University College, PA Polytechnic; Chairman of Gulf Asian English School, Sharjah and India International School, Kuwait. He is also the ex-chairman of TEXMAS (Textile Merchants Association).
A man of credibility, this 65 year old NRI is born in Pallikere village in Kasaragod. The mantra of his success- “Do not depend on others. Make your own ways of making things happen.”A Ph.D. holder, he started his career in 1964 with a Diploma in Automobile Engineering from Chennai. In 1964 he joined South India Automobiles, dealers of the Ambassador in Chennai. In 1965 he went to Mumbai and joined a workstation in Bombay Central, from there to Sam Automobiles in Byccula.
In 1966 Dr Ibrahim arrived in Dubai and joined the Austin car dealers that represented the British Motor Corporation. Later, in 1971, he joined Galadari Automobiles as auto spare parts manager. After a year he moved to Al Hashar Automobiles in Muscat. He returned to Dubai in 1973 to start his first venture, a garments business with retail garments, cosmetics, watches and other lifestyle products. In 1976 with the partnership of Mr Mohammed Shamali, a UAE national, he started Century Trading Co., a part of Al Shamali Group.
Along with Mr T M Nair, his colleague in Austin dealers, he founded Indus Motor Co. (P) Ltd. in 1984, one of the largest Maruti dealers in India. He founded the PA Educational Trust in 1999 and started PA College of Engineering, Mangalore in2000. Today, 3500 students from different states are enrolled in this institution. According to him, education has to combine with morality and ethics, irrespective of the caste, creed, state or language.
Dr Ibrahim’s philosophy of life is to treat everyone with dignity and one must judge people by their honesty, loyalty and sincerity. Ask him about his business mantra, comes the reply, “There is no substitute to hard work”. According to him, “You have to earn credibility. Once you do that, your credibility will spread by word of mouth. That’s the biggest investment in business.” Dr ibrahim’s latest business project is Fresh Bake Bakery W.L.L., in Doha. Dr Ibrahim is an active member of Global Advisory Council and ex global vice-chairman of World Malayali Council.
Office:Al Shamali Group, PO Box 4123, Deira, Dubai
Residence: Noor Mahal, Pallikere, Kasaragod- 671 316