Dr Nowhera Shaik is a philanthropist and the force behind a highly successful business venture, the Heera Group, which is present in over 50 countries. India Republic Day report is a celebration of Indians who have made a mark in the UAE through their professional and personal lives. We have been featuring companies and personalities that have stayed in this part of the world, long enough to call the UAE their spiritual home but haven’t lost touch with their roots in India. One such name is Dr Nowhera Shaik, Founder and CEO of Heera Group.
Dr Nowhera is a dedicated Human Rights activist and an Islamic Scholar who spends most of her time, money and energy for charity and upliftment of women. As the force behind the Heera Group, which started its operations in 1998, the charitable educational institution has grown into a consortium of 20 companies with operations in five countries and business presence in over 50. Today, the group has interests in high-quality food products, investment banking, gold trading, jewellery retail, textiles, building materials, travel and tourism, e-commerce, etc.
What really makes the Heera Group unique is its steadfast commitment to Islamic values and principles. All of its business verticals maintain a fine balance between religious doctrine and corporate fundamentals through its ‘interest-free’ model, even the investment banking division of the group.
In a short span of time, Dr Nowhera and the Heera Group have earned the respect and admiration from people across different sections of societies and countries for their innovative, principle-based business practices and associated philanthropic initiatives.