The essential guide to the most influential movers and shakers in the Indian expatriate community
Dilip Rahulan founded Pacific Controls in Australia in 1984 before expanding the company to Dubai. Rahulan is known as something of a champion of green and energy efficient buildings; Pacific Controls’ UAE headquarters was awarded the honour of becoming the Middle East’s first platinum-rated green building by the US Green Building Council and Leadership in Energy and Environment Design. In July, the firm signed an agreement with Saudi telco Mobily to jointly offer machine-to-machine energy management solutions for vertical industry sectors in Saudi Arabia.
Three years on from the first publication Arabian Business Indian Power List,we have again provided a definitive list of movers and shakers in the Gulfsbiggest expatriate community.
Millions of Indians now live and work in the six GCC states, and they send billions of dollars of remittance earnings back to their home country every year, providing a substantial contribution to Indian GDP. There are roughly three million Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in Saudi Arabia equating to roughly 10 percent of the population. In the UAE, the share is even higher, with around two million NRIs making up nearly a third of the population.
As reflected on the number of entries on our list based in the UAE (about 90 percent), the Gulf state has proved especially friendly to the Indian expat population. The UAE is still India’s largest trading partner by some measures and NRIs have been making an extraordinary contribution to the country’s business landscape, culture and history.
This is the third year that Arabian Business has published its list of the 100 most powerful Indians in the Gulf. Since the publication of our previous list, our editorial team has been sourcing new names and refreshing our database –similar to that used for our Arab Power List – of the most influential Indians in the region.
We define power as influence. In simplest terms, it is how much impact the actions of one person can have on others - the more impact, the more influence.
We considered Indians from all walks of life from retail to industry from science to philanthropy, and from arts to sport.
About six months ago, our team of 11 researchers began the first of a series of meetings to whittle down the nearly 900 names on our database. By July, we had brought the number of names down to 200, and the final 100 was confirmed in September.
The rankings from 11 to 100 were selected by the editorial team. For the top ten names, we first agreed on who the top ten should be.
After this, the ranking were decided by a voting system each member of the team ranked the ten in order of personal preference. Position one equals tenpoints, positions two equals nine points, and so on right down to position ten equaling one point.The total number of points was then taken for each name in the top ten, with the individualwith the highest points assigned top position, second highest gaining second position, and so on.