Ms Vandana Gandhi receiving the prestigious MRM award from Shaikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai
Dubai: Vandana Gandhi, Founder and CEO of UAE’s largest Nursery chain, British Orchard Nursery, became the first ever Indian woman to receive Dubai Government’s highly coveted Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Business (MRM) Award for business excellence and outstanding achievements. The award recognized the nursery chain's contribution to UAE’s economic development and commitment to quality. On winning the award, Vandana Gandhi said, “I am humbled and honored to receive this prestigious award. This is no mean feat for the nursery service industry sector, especially when we have to deal with the sensitivities of human emotions. Handling little children and laying the foundation for greater future achievements is a challenging but rewarding task. Awards like these reinforce our faith and commitment towards the cause of providing quality pre-school education. We as a team are proud of our achievements and all this has become possible because of the support of the UAE Government and the leadership of rulers which provides a very conducive environment for business success”. The Nursery chain plans to foray into international market through franchising and joint venture partnerships. Commenting about the India plans, she says, “We have plans to bring our unique curriculum to India and are certainly looking for suitable partners who can become part of our growth story in India. With more Indian women joining the working population, we are optimistic that our model will be successful here too. Through our franchise partners, we intend to simulate the same quality and excellence standards”. As the Middle East's largest nursery chain, British Orchard Nursery is spread in 14 sites across the UAE, with branches in Bur Dubai, Jumeirah, Dubai Silicon Oasis, and Dubai Media City, JBR (Dubai Marina, RTA, Dubai Women’s College,Deira, DEWA, Dubai Municipality, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi (AlNahyan, & Al Bateen) and ADCO. Vandana is a versatile personality with varied interests and holds a Masters in Education. She has been the recipient of numerous leadership and excellence awards such as GR8 woman award, Feigenbaum excellence, Emirates Woman and Women in Leadership awards for her outstanding achievements. An alumni of Mithibai College, Mumbai, Gandhi is credited with introducing a lot of new concepts like ‘GymJuniorz’, a child’s Gym and Fitness center in the curriculum.

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