Saleh  Lootah

Saleh Lootah

Chairman, UAE Food and Beverage Manufacturer’s Group

Saleh is the chairman of the UAE Manufactures business group. It is an industry Association working under the Dubai Chamber. Work has been done in the last 5 years to raise the manufacturing excellence in food in the UAE and address various challenge in the food sector. The industry body has pioneered efforts like Zero food waste in the manufacturing sector through introduction of food loss and wastage protocol and the initiation of the Food Data Platform. With comprehensive experience across the board in various capacities within diverse companies ranging from start-ups to leading companies into transformation & into international boundaries, Saleh Lootah, an innovative and result driven leader is a UAE national and currently holds the following positions:


• MD of Al Islami Foods • Founding Director of Souq Extra

• Chairman of AlFarooj Restaurant • Board Member of Aman Insurance &

• Chairman of Food & Beverage Manufacturing group under Dubai Chamber


Graduating with a Master’s degree in Business Administration from USA in addition to attending the General Management Program & Agribusiness from Harvard Business School, Mr. Saleh Lootah has also been a part of the Leadership program from IMD University. His passion and drive for excellence has led him to receive various awards at both the international & regional arena. Major role was his contribution in applying the EFQM Model of Excellence at Al Islami Foods which led the company to receive the Dubai Quality Award in 2003, the first ever food company then to win such an award. As an avid contributor to the Food & Beverage industry, Mr. Saleh Lootah has attended the Agribusiness Seminar at Harvard Business School - USA and India in 2004 and 2009 respectively sharing ideas and experiences with various international business leaders. He is a favorite among the media with his opinion columns appearing regularly in the highly circulated Arabic and English news mediums. The stories on the F&B industry in particular, by far, always have Mr. Lootah’s experienced comments as he has a holistic perspective to offer to the reader. He believes & promotes the right model of halal through all walks of business life, like doing business with values and doing it with pride thereby contributing well to society globally. He endeavors to change the perception of Islam by doing the right thing in business thus bringing a change in our society.




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