Rizwan Sajan / Founder & Chairman of Danube Group

Rizwan Sajan, a man with the ‘Midas Touch’ is the founder and chairman of Danube group. One of the region’s most successful business conglomerates. Mr. Sajan started Danube as a supplier of building materials to hundreds of projects during Dubai’s construction boom. He builds his company into the undisputed market leader for building materials in the emirate and now slowly and steadily moving his foot prints towards property, construction and home improvement.
Mr. Rizwan is a self-made man, hailing from a middle class family in Mumbai, India. He started his career at an early age of 12 selling books and fire crackers. After the death of his father, he joined his paternal uncle in Kuwait and assisted him in his family business. It was 1993 when he arrived to UAE and started his own business with his wife Sameera, who was his first employee.
Being a workaholic he believes there are no shortcuts to success. Hard work and determination are the keys to his victory. Rizwan firmly believes that one gets better by doing, trying, and learning. Moreover, Rizwan goes swimming at least five days a week and enjoys partying, travelling and watching movies with his wife.
Today Danube Group provides over 25,000 products and service with the very best quality, performance and value, the group takes pride in not just designing and building but also nurturing long lasting relationship with their clients. The company operates from its head offices in JAFZA with logistics facilities across the region which amounts to 5.5 million square feet and includes kiln drying facility, factory and warehouses of the group.
From a small trading firm, Danube has grown into one of the largest building materials company in the region, with its diversified branches worldwide including UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and India, in addition to procurement offices in China. Danube has a team of 2,800 plus people working across strategic locations across the GCC, China and India.
In recognition of Sajan’s leadership skills and abilities various awards have been conferred upon him, most notable being 50 most powerful Indian in the UAE by Arabian Business, twice in a row won Top Real Estate Company in the Arab world by Forbes Middle East, Best Real Estate Company in the Arab World by The Gulf Business Awards, seventh on top 100 Indian leaders in the UAE List by Forbes Middle East, Businessman of the Year by Masala Magazine, Visionary of the year at the 1st CEO Awards and the Most Admiral Retail Professional of the Year. Other accolades include Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Business Excellence
Award, Dubai Quality Award, Dubai Customs Award, RAK SME Award, the Dubai Logistics and Supply Chain Award and UAE’s Top 20 Performers.
Moreover, Rizwan Sajan has been part of a number of panel discussions and thought leadership programs including the Indian Leaders Delegation to India, ICAI- Abu Dhabi Chapter, and an opinion leader in the SME Adviser Magazine.
He also has an altruistic streak in him and believes in giving back to the society. In order to make substantial contributions to our society as well as to bring about a positive transformation in the lives of many workers in Dubai, Mr. Sajan started the Danube Welfare Center in November 2012
The center offers a plethora of free training courses to help unskilled workers improve their language skills and further develop their careers. The initiative entails a three-month Basic English program that promotes workers to interact confidently. In the year 2016, over 1000 workers benefited from the program and at the end of 2017, the number is expected to double.
The tree training programs outline:
• Improving Communication Skills
• Language Classes
• Personality Development and Grooming
• Tackling Interview Skills
• Building Self-Confidence & Developing a Positive Attitude