Burjor Patel, a well-known name in the advertising and theater world, has recently retired from Khaleej Times where he was worldwide Ad Director. Patel had left India for Dubai 20 years back and is now returning. Before leaving India, he was Head of Advertising Sales at The Statesman and was also President of the Ad Club for two years.
Patel was also a board member of the International Advertising Association, Dubai. He ran four successful repertory companies in English and three Indian languages – Hindi, Gujarati and Marathi. He has also produced some of the finest popular and art theatre in the country, giving India some of its most successful theatre and film personalities like Sunita Rao, Shiamak Dawar and Paresh Rawal.
Speaking of his journey, Patel said, “It has been a great experience in Dubai. When I had come here, the ad revenue of Khaleej Times was 40 million Dirhams, which now stands at 252 million Dirhams, and it gives me a huge sense of satisfaction. To reach these numbers, there have been a lot of people who have worked and put in their efforts besides me.”
On his plans in India, he said, “I wish to open a consultancy for some Middle East publication. Also, I would get involved with theatre once again and do some social work. I would like to give back to society, which has given me so much.”
Patel had moved to Dubai 20 years back and replicated his work in Dubai as well. He retired from Khaleej Times on March 31, 2009.