P. Mohamed Ali

P. Mohamed Ali

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P. Mohamed Ali Biography

P. Mohamed Ali is an Indian businessman and entrepreneur from Kerala. He is popularly known as Galfar Mohamed Ali or Galfar. Oman's biggest Malayali NRI, his personal assets value around 1 billion USD. Now he is ranked as the 12th richest Indian in the Persian Gulf region by Arabian Business.com. He is also a philanthropist who has started numerous non-profits and social initiatives. He has also founded and administrated many educational institutions like Yenopoya University & Islamic Academy of Education, CSM Central School, Indian School, the Oman Medical College, and the Caledonian College of Engineering, in Oman and India.


Dr. P. Mohamed Ali was born in Thalikulam, Thrissur. He is a self-made man who started his journey quite early in his life. Later he reached Oman where he constructed an empire of his own. Before leaving India he worked with General Reserve Engineering Force, under the Ministry of Defence of Mizoram, for three years. He worked in a small construction company initially and later became Oman's largest private sector employer. He founded the Galfar Engineering and Contracting Co., in the early 1970s at a time of high risk, yet he succeeded as a businessman. The company received the prestigious 'Sword of Honours' from the British Safety Council in 1989.


For over 4 decades, Galfar has established itself as the "Preferred Partner in Development" in Oman with a turnover above USD 1 Billion. Currently he employees around 2,50,000 people. During the 1990s, Ali invested 100 crore Indian rupees in Kerala and built the first International Convention Centre in the state. He received Oman Civil Order in 2002 for his exemplary service to Oman's business sector as well as social and educational initiates.

Published: March 01, 2019

Updated: March 01, 2019

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