Indian-born founder and chief executive officer of Dubai steel company Conares, Bharat Bhatia, has become the latest construction industry executive to attend the Cricket World Cup 2019 in England, with Bhatia’s Instagram feed showing him proudly waving the Indian flag at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, where the India vs New Zealand semi-final match is currently under way.
Bhatia has held his role at Conares since January 2001.
He is an avid fan of both Indian sports and Bollywood, and is remembered in Dubai’s expat Indian community for bringing cinema superstar Shah Rukh Khan to the city for the inauguration of Conares’s 12” pipe mill in 2018.
Bhatia’s Instagram story shows he also met with former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly while in the UK for the World Cup.
However, Bhatia isn’t the only cricket fan in the UAE’s construction industry – Amira Sajwani, senior vice president of operations at Dico Investments Co, also attended the World Cup with the real estate company’s partners in June.
Sajwani oversees the operations of Damac’s agent network both locally and around the world, and also leads departments such as collections and litigations.
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An electrifying day both on and off the field as our partners lit up Old Trafford with some fantastic camaraderie! We were absolutely delighted to host our top partners from India and Pakistan to enjoy one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year in Manchester, England. #CWC19 #IndiaVsPakistan يوم مثير داخل وخارج الملعب حيث أضاء شركاؤنا ملعب أولد ترافورد! سررنا بالأمس باستضافة كبار شركائنا من الهند وباكستان للاستمتاع بواحدة من أكثر الأحداث الرياضية الشيقة هذه السنة في مانشستر، إنجلترا. @amirasajwani @aeontrisl @aquapropertiesdub @bigpocketsrealestate @binayahofficial @fphomefinders @hs_property #HurrGlobalFSE @indusredubai @smartway_real_estate @unionsquarehouse @zee
She is also involved in the oversight of Damac’s international ventures, and sits on the board of the UAE company’s ongoing projects in the Maldives and Oman.