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Meet Shabbir Merchant, Dubai-based Pakistani Multi-Millionaire


Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

12th Dec, 2019. 08:31 pm
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Shabbir Merchant, a Dubai base Pakistani Multi-Millionaire, who turned his Dh1,500 monthly salary into millions through hard work and dedication.

61 years old Shabbir Merchant was 18-year-old boy when he saw a dream to become successful and set foot for the first time in the UAE.

His childhood was hard childhood he and his family were living hand to mouth, he worked extremely hard to achieve the success he has today.

Shabbir Merchant’s Champion Neon, a business in the signage industry started in 1989 and the rest is history as they say.

Telling about his journey Merchant says “I remember my father telling me how tough life was those days. He moved to Pakistan with no money in hand. Life was not easy. I am his sixth child of a total 10. So responsibility was taught to me at a very early age. My siblings and I watched our father work hard for a living and so we learnt to do just that.”

Merchant said his father started a business in Lahore with a partner in the signage industry. Gradually, he became a pioneer in Pakistan selling neon sign boards.

Merchant said his father started a business in Lahore with a partner in the signage industry. Gradually, he became a pioneer in Pakistan selling neon sign boards.

He added “In 1976, my older brother, Hanif Merchant called me to Dubai to help him in his signage company. Under his guidance and support I further equipped my skill in the industry. My brother was instrumental in teaching me the fundamentals of working in the UAE market. Dubai was a growing economy and there was so much potential then. Just like the city grew, I grew alongside. It has been a great joy ride here.”

Today, Shabbir Merchant’s company completes 30 years in business. The company has branches across all emirates in the UAE. They have clients across all industries such as automotive, retail, food & beverage, hospitality, construction, corporates, banks etc. And with a dedicated workforce of over 150 employees from Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Phillipines, Africa.

With state-of-the-art infrastructure and ISO-certified quality standards, Champion Neon has become one of the leading signage & branding solution provider across the region.

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