New chapter. (From left) Immanuel Azaad Moonesar, Anurag Bhushan, Shaikha Lubna, Melodena Balakrishnan, Professor Barry O’Mahony and Dr Ali Sebaa Al Merri at the launch of the book ‘The Indian Connection’ in Dubai on September 30 Image Credit: Atiq ur Rehman/XPRESS

Dubai: The Mohammad Bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG), a research and teaching institution, on Tuesday launched a book titled The India Connection, which highlights the success stories of Indian entrepreneurs in the UAE.

The book is the fourth in a series titled Actions and Insights: Middle East North Africa, published by the University of Wollongong – Dubai in collaboration with the International Business Academy.

“The stories we have highlighted are of people who made the best of the opportunities available in the UAE to transform their lives. They are role models for aspiring entrepreneurs,” said Melodena Stephens Balakrishnan, Chair and Founder of the Academy of International Business-MENA.

Notable personalities in the book include Dr. B.R. Shetty of NMC Healthcare, UAE Exchange and Neopharma; Dr. Azad Moopen of Aster DM Healthcare, Yogesh Mehta of Petrochem Middle East FZE, Abdulla Ajmal of Ajmal Perfumes, Uma Ghosh Deshpande, flight attendant turned TV producer; and Kalra sisters - Ruchika and Shobika - who started a social initiative, Wings of Angelz, a disability awareness group.

Uma Ghosh Deshpande, who attended the launch at Dubai World Trade Centre, said: “Starting a business in the UAE is not difficult at all, sustaining it is a challenge. I am a mother, a wife, a businesswoman and balancing all this is another challenge in itself. But if you believe in yourself – you can achieve a lot and the UAE helps you achieve your dreams.”

The 160-page hardcover is available on Amazon for Dh180. Besides it is also available for download on Emerald Emerging Market case studies.