Dr Zainal Mohebi, chair of Baqer Mohebi-branded supermarkets, dies

Mohebi's father Baqer Mohebi opened his first food outlet in 1931 in Dubai Souq, one of the only 15 shops there at that time

Dr Zainal Baqer Mohebi.
Zainal Mohebi Holdings
Dr Zainal Baqer Mohebi.

Dr Zainal Baqer Mohebi, chairman of Zainal Mohebi Holdings (ZMH), the parent company of Baqer Mohebi-branded supermarkets and stores, has passed away after a long illness at the age of 79, according to a condolence message issued by Cuba-based tobacco company Habanos

In the message published on its website, the company said: “Habanos, S.A. with deep regret announces that Zainal Baqer Mohebi has passed away in Dubai after a long illness.”

"During the early of 1960s, in Dubai, he introduced the Habanos , the world´s best handmade cigars, purely out of his passion for the Cuban cigars."

Gulf News reported that at the entrance of a Baqer Mohebi supermarket in Abu Hail, a notice from the management read: “Dear valued customers, due to the sad demise of our beloved chairman, all our outlets will remain closed for one day (from 6am Saturday until 6am Sunday).” 

According to information published on ZMH’s website, Mohebi’s father, the late Baqer Mohebi, established his food outlet in 1931 in the original Dubai Souq. It was reported to be one of only 15 shops in that souq at that time.

In a statement to Khaleej Times, chief executive officer of ZMH and son of Mohebi, Mohammed Mohebi, said: "His legacy lives on in his children and the values that he had instilled in us will continue to be a driving force that powers us.”

Baqer Mohebi supermarkets has been popular among residents for offering huge discounts on food items and other grocery items.

ZMH operates across, retail, real estate, travel and tourism, freight management, and agency & distribution. Its real estate developemnt arm lists a 9-storey Al Shoula Residences, 4-storey building in Al Mankhool, and a 7-storey building in Al Raffa as its Dubai-based developments.

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