Easa Saleh Al Gurg
Easa Saleh Al Gurg, our Founder and late Chairman, was a distinguished personality who was dominant in various fields of activity including politics, business and diplomacy. He was known and admired for his sharp intellect and trade acumen.
He started his journey as Emirati businessman with an exclusive partnership with Grundig, incrementally increasing the Group’s portfolio to include several global names such as Siemens, British American Tobacco and Unilever. The Founder’s focus was to create a competitive and expertise-rich conglomerate with an emphasis on efficiency in operations, customer happiness, development and value-addition for our partners.
Besides his business interests, our Founder also played a significant role in shaping the history of the UAE as a member of the Deliberative Committee of the Trucial States Development Office. In 1971, he was appointed as the Executive Director of the Trucial States Development Board.
He was Ambassador to the UK & the Republic of Ireland from 1991 till 2009. He was awarded CBE (Commander in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 1990. On retirement from the Ambassadorship, he was awarded KCVO (Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order) by Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. He was also honoured by Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late President of the UAE, with the Order of Zayed II in 1997.
Today the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group proudly carries forward his legacy which was based on courage, integrity and timely risk taking. He believed in challenging the status quo and pushing the envelope in all his endeavors from business to philanthropy.
Our Founder with late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai during the landing of the first aircraft in Dubai.
Our Founder Easa Saleh Al Gurg with British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan at Number 10 Downing Street during an official visit in 1959.
Our Founder with late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the father of modern Dubai during one of their deliberations.
Our Founder accompanying the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the second Prime Minister of the UAE during meetings with international leaders.
HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, honours our late Founder, Easa Saleh Al Gurg, for his pioneering service as the first Emirati banker.
HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, with our late Founder Easa Saleh Al Gurg.
Our Founder presenting his credentials to late Queen Elizabeth on appointment as Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the Court of St James.