Dr Joji Mathew, CEO and Managing Director

At The Helm Of An Expanding

Legend is built on the standard functionality to deliver powerful industry solutions and to extend packaged solutions with additional capabilities that are specific to an individual division.

The life of Dr Joji Mathew, one of the most successful Malayali businessmen in the Middle East, is a fine testimony to the fact that nothing is impossible for an ambitious and hardworking person. It was his dreams that lifted him up from his humble surroundings and raised him to the position of the head of a business conglomerate, which has presence in almost 27 countries including Europe, UK, America, Japan, and China. Dr Joji Mathew is the CEO and Managing Director of Legend Group based in Dubai. The Group has successfully established itself in a wide range of areas including construction, real estate, hospitality management and manufacturing of electronics and electrical equipment. The Group also functions as a channel partner for companies including Mahindra, Tata, and Godrej.

Legend delivers comprehensive, integrated solutions that meet industry-specific needs, in a competitive business environment. Legend is built on the standard functionality to deliver powerful industry solutions and to extend packaged solutions with additional capabilities that are specific to an individual division. By forecasting future trends, conducting vertical market analysis and market sizing, Legend enhances their knowledge of their competition, clients’ needs and buying behaviours, thereby providing utmost customer satisfaction.

Legend Group has a proven track record of delivering projects of the highest standards that exceed client expectations and set new industry standards in construction. Legend’s quality of creating sustainable communities is reflected in the quality of all its finishing work, by using innovative solutions and continuously working with talented minds always ready to tackle and transform new challenges.

Early life

Dr Joji Mathew was born in a moderate Christian family, which had migrated to Malappuram from Kottayam. His father Chakkupurakkal Mathew is a planter and Mariyamma is his mother. Young Joji was a karate enthusiast and earned a black belt in karate at the age of 17. His ambition was to become an entrepreneur who can give employment to many people. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree, Dr Joji left for Mumbai in search of better opportunities and started his career at the Indian Market Research Bureau(IMRB). His days in IMRB have helped him a lot while launching new ventures as he is able to understand the market thoroughly.

Dr Joji left his job at IMRB to join Oberoi Group in Saudi Arabia. But since he always wanted to become an employer rather than an employee, he came back to Mumbai and launched Kerala.

Hotel, a restaurant that offered local dishes of Kerala, at Mulund. The venture was a huge success and it gave him confidence to convert all his ideas into reality. He came to Dubai in 1997 on a visit visa and it was a journey that became a turning point in his life, because what this land gave him was success after success.

The Legend Group

Dr Joji Mathew started his first venture in Dubai around 17 years ago and it offered electrical, plumbing, cleaning and also electro-mechanical works on contract basis. Soon after, he launched another venture that focused on HR recruitment. Later Legend Group launched its operations in areas including Infra¬structural Development, General Trading, Electronic Division, Electromechanical Services, Marine Engineering and also Health Care apart from Real Estate. Within three years since the launching of the first venture, the Group’s operations were expanded to Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and other GCC countries. A milestone in Legend Group’s progress was the acquisition of Mitzuki, a renowned Japanese company specialized in designing, research, development and manufacturing of full range of solar, security and other electronic products. The Legend Group today has a total of 20 companies under it and a total staff of around 1600.

The major ventures under the Legend Group are:

Arabian Legend Realtors Private Limited

Arabian Legend Realtors Private Limited is the flagship company of Legend Group. The Legend Group, till now, has already successfully completed more than 393 construction projects including water theme parks, shopping malls, bridges and schools. There is no other company in India, which has undertaken these many projects, and it is a great advantage for the Legend Group. The Group also has their own team of experienced engineers, electricians, plumbers, designers and unskilled labourers, so that they do not have to depend on outside agencies for manpower.

Legend Joswana apartment project of the Group, proposed in Thripunithura, will have 75 luxury apartments and 15 floors. The project, which offers maximum available luxury at a reasonable pricing, will have both 2BHK and 3BHK apartments with 1295 and 1864 sq ft area. It is the first such project in India that comes up with a hybrid natural backup. The hybrid natural power backup system produces electricity from solar and wind energy, which can be used for all needs. It proves that the Group gives importance to environment-friendly and sustainable development.

The organization aims to become No 1 builder in South India within three years and No 1 builder in India by 2025. It plans to invest a total of Rs 500 crore in India and spread its operations to other states soon.

Legend Hospitality

Legend Hospitality industry takes pride in its well rounded expertise of being able to deliver quality staff members in a timely manner, solely focusing on placing quality candidates in the hospitality industry throughout the world. With their extensive hospitality operations and search experience, the transient nature of the industry is well understood to support continuous recruitment demands from global corporations ranging from insurance, banking and financial services to travel and leisure. The hospitality services offered include office cleaning, house cleaning, party help, baby sitting, ironing, pet care, janitory services and healthcare division. They place employees according to the requirements in hotels, schools, hospitals, villas and residential apartments. The employees are

trained by hardcore professionals for cleaning, janitorial services and other related services with most convenient and flexible work time that suits the clients.

HR Consultancy

Legend Group is a recognized leader in HR Executive Search and Selection across a range of industries. They are able to pinpoint the optimal cost-effective and time-saving way to meet the human capital demands. Legend Group helps its client organizations to achieve their aims and strategic objectives through effective HR recruitment, whether they need to recruit an individual or a whole team.

Marine Engineering

Legend Group is in the forefront as a provider of marine services including shipbuilding platform, repair and outfitting works. In its marine-related services, the Group strives to implement the latest technological innovations to enhance quality, competitiveness, cost-effectiveness and productivity at every level. They have a sophisticated state-of-the-art ship building facility and a large number of workshops, which make shipbuilding faster, safer and more efficient.

Mitzuki Corporation Limited

Mitzuki Corporation designs and manufactures a full range of solar, security and other electronic products. It has its own assembling units in China, Malaysia, Taiwan and Korea for solar water heater, solar inverter and solar lights, CCTV camera, DVR system, security cameras and other security equipment and security systems for homes, apartments and for commercial purposes and also heat pump. It is also exporting these products to the world market.

The acquisition of Mitzuki has helped Legend Group to use high quality of solar and other electronic equipment in all their projects so that their customers get full value for their money.

Rs 3000 Cr Investment

In its expansion plans, Legend Group has given an important place to Kerala, Dr Joji’s native land, and other south Indian states. The Group is planning to invest a whopping Rs 3000 crore in the tourism-hospitality sectors here. The projects will be implemented in tourist locations such as Kumarakom, Wagamon, Munnar, Thekkadi, Wayanad, Koorg, Mysore, Ooty and nearby areas. The first among these projects is the Legend Holiday Resorts in Vythiri.

Legend Holiday Resorts

Legend Holiday Resorts is an important venture under Arabian Legend Realtors Pvt Ltd in the tourism sector of Kerala. The Resort, located at Vaithiri in Wayanad district, offers a chance for the investors to own a resort in Wayanad in return for monthly returns, free stay and a lot more. The resort has amenities including swimming pool, multi-cuisine restaurant, club house with indoor games, landscaped garden, children’s play area, internet and cable TV access, ample car park area, 24hr security, KWA connection for each cottage and intercom facility.

A man of success

What keeps Dr Joji going is his positive attitude. He is now managing offices in 27 countries, around 1600 employees and around 20 projects progressing simultaneously. Dr Joji has earned a professional doctorate in Entrepreneur Management from Canadian University. He has also won a number of awards for his entrepreneurial excellence including Brand Icon 2015(NRI category), Emerging Kerala Best CEO Award 2015, JCI South Asian Best Entrepreneurship Award 2015 and International Quality Crown Award 2015(London).

An adamant yoga practitioner, Dr Joji has done Yoga Siromani from Sivanan¬da Yoga Vedanta Dhanwanthari Ashram. He cares about the health of his employees and they are instructed not to sit continuously for more than 59 minutes on their seats. He is also planning to introduce yoga training for them.


Dr Joji is married to Sisy Mathew, director of Legend Group. The couple is blessed with two children- son Jeswin Joji, a 3rd standard student of Our Own English School, Dubai, and daughter Josna Joji, a 5th standard student at the same school.

Contact Details:

P O Box 118419
Dubai, UAE
Phone (Office): 043798911
Fax: 043798922

Website: www.legenddubai.com

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