He was 79 years old.
UAE grocers and residents have paid tribute to Dr Zainal Mohebi, chairman of Baqer Mohebi Supermarkets, who passed away on Friday at age 79.
For UAE residents, Baqer Mohebi Supermarkets have become synonymous with big discounts on snacks and grocery items. But for his friends and colleagues in the industry, the man was regarded as a pillar in the business community.
“The UAE grocery industry certainly looked up to Baqer Mohebi as a popular brand and it was possible under the leadership of Zainal Baqer Mohebi,” Kamal Vachani, group director of Al Maya Group, told Khaleej Times.
Echoing similar sentiments, Dr. Dhananjay Datar, chairman and managing director of Al Adil Trading, said: “Baqer Mohebi is a household name for more than eight decades and it certainly displays the brand’s growth across the UAE. The industry will surely miss such a popular business magnate.”
Dr. Ram Buxani, chairman of ITL Cosmos, said: “I am deeply saddened to hear the demise of a such a visionary, who build his repute through his famous brand.”
Dr Mohebi was the founder and chairman of Zainal Mohebi Holdings, which traces its roots back to the founder’s father, Baqer Mohebi, who established his food outlet in the original Dubai Souk in 1931. It was one of only 15 shops then set up in Dubai.
Established in 1931, Baqer Mohebi Enterprises (BME) represents Zainal Mohebi Holding’s marketing and distribution arm of FMCG, HORECA and tobacco products. The group has businesses in properties, travel and tourism, freight management, retail and agency and distribution.