Mr. Yusuf Ali M.A., Managing Director of Emke Group, UAE, ranks today among the top NRI Business personalities. The Group has diversified into many significant areas under his dynamic stewardship, retail being the most prominent of them.
Emke Group, with its 22,000 strong workforce from 29 different nations and operational bases extending over the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Benin and Tanzania is one of the most successful corporates of the times with a steadily ascending growth curve over the years. The Group employs more than 15,200 Indians.
Lulu Cochin Mall is the new upcoming shopping mall in Kochi, Kerala, India. It is built on an area of 2,000,000 square feet. More than 240 renowned outlets including food courts, restaurants, family entertainment zones and a seven-screen Multiplex will all come together to make Lulu Shopping making it the one-stop destination for people of Kerala.

  • Parking space for over 1000 vehicles in the basement
  • Surface parking for 2000 vehicles
  • Majestic Central Atrium with translucent roof
  • Escalators
  • Fountains
  • Vertical Circulation from the basement upwards travelators and panoramic elevators
  • Easy access and exit
  • Spacious indoor walkways
  • Lulu Hypermarket on the Ground floor having an area of 1000,000 Square feet. selling fresh, frozen, canned food, fruits and vegetables, along with butchery, bakery, hot food counters etc
  • Lulu Department Store on the First floor with 1000,000 Square feet of shop floor selling non food items like garments, footwear, luggage, white goods, cosmetics, electronic goods etc
  • Leasable retail space over 1 lakh sq. ft. on Second Floor, International home furnishing store of area 500,000 square feet

Food court
  • A fine dining restaurant of 5,500 square feet and a coffee shop of 5500 square feet are located in the second floor
  • A large Food Court to seat around 3,500 people serviced by 13 kitchens will offer an array of exotic cuisine
  • 3 fine dining restaurants with terrace dining facilities on the Third floor

Game Zone
  • A n Amusement area of 30,000 square feet on the Third Floor.

5 Star hotel
  • A highlight of the Lulu Complex will be a 5 star hotel located adjacent to the imposing shopping mall. The 250 room properly will offer Royal Suite rooms and Executive Suites with international standard multi cuisine restaurants, swimming pool, coffee shop, Spa and privilege club facilities

Govt will implement the Smart City project if Tecom fails: CM

Chief minister V S Achuthanandan said that the government will implement the Smart City project if Tecom is not willing to do the same. They were given enough time but now they are posing hurdles.

On Munnar issue, the CM said that the work done by the special team was excellent but due to political row they were withdrawn. But the activities of the team appointed later were unsatisfactory, he said. The CM was speaking at a special press conference called on the wake of the fourth year anniversary of the state government. The government was able to solve the problems faced by the farmers. The government has implemented agriculture debt waiver scheme.

The accumulation rate of paddy was raised. The system to provide rice for Rs 2 a kg will be raised to 35 lakh families, at present that is 25 lakh. Free medical project would be provided to 30 lakh families. As part of EMS Housing project, 5, 25,000 houses will be built. Paddy agriculture will be extended to 15,000 hectors. With the renovation of Info park one lakh will get employment opportunities.

For IT development of Malabar, IT parks will be set up in places including Chimeni. The construction of coach factory will begin in Palakkad. The commissioning of Kollam - Kottapuram waterway is being done. The land from Harrison will be taken over. Vizhijam project is expected to start by this year.


‘Smart City Kochi delay sending wrong signals’

The inordinate delay in the Smart City Kochi project is sending wrong signals about the state’s IT industry across the world, Group of Technology Companies (GTECH) president V.K.Mathews said.

"It is nearly 10 years that discussions on the Smart City project began in the state. The state was missing a big opportunity in the IT sector by delaying the project. Tecom has a better international marketing strategy and most of the major IT companies in the world has their presence in the Dubai Internet City," he said adding that GTECH would take up the matter with the State Government.

Mathews, who is also the Chairman and CEO of IBS Group, was addressing a press conference here on Tuesday.

GTECH would also urge the political leadership to exempt the IT sector from frequent hartals and strikes, at least for the next three years, as the IT sector in the state is yet to become stable. A presentation highlighting the importance of the IT sector would be made before the LDF and the UDF leaders in this connection, Mathews said.

He pointed out that the hartals and strikes had not yet affected the functioning of the IT companies in the state as the Government had been arranging adequate security.

The GTECH leaders are against trade unionism in the IT sector as they felt that it would be detrimental to the development of the sector.

GTECH is, however, planning to constitute a forum of IT company employees as well as a women’s forum to take up the problems of the employees.

Mathews, who leads the new team of GTECH office-bearers said that GTECH would join hands with the State Government to initiate various measures for the development of the state’s IT sector, including consultation on policy matters. The IT companies in the state would also take part in the e-governance initiative of the State Government, he said.

In the wake of the growing threats faced by the IT Parks, GTECH would initiate steps to ensure the security of the Infopark and Technopark. Steps to reduce the cost of IT operations in the state and to support small and medium IT companies would also be initiated, Mathews said.


A strategic ban imposed by the major IT companies in the state not to poach employees from among themselves as well as job hopping by employees has been lifted.

Around 10 years ago, when the IT sector in the state was just catching up, there were restrictions on employees of one IT company joining another.

The objective of such a ban was to stabilise the state’s IT sector. Now the situation has changed and employees of one company can join another subject to the condition that he should obtain a relieving letter from the former employer, Mathews said.

GTECH, which was earlier known as Group of Technopark Companies, has been rechristened as Group of Technology Companies as many companies outside the Technopark campus, including those in the Infopark, are also part of GTECH.
GTECH vice-president and CEO of SunTech Business Solutions K.Nandakumar and GTECH secretary Anoop P.Ambika were also present at the press conference.


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