A native of Kerala's Thalikulam,Ali reached the Gulf in 1970 when he was 22,clutchinfg a diploma in Civil Engineering.
Mohamed Ali left a sinecure at Coastial, a large Europian oil company in Dubai, to join a little known construction firm in Oman.His harwork has made Galfar Engineering and Construction the largest in the desert counry today. He was the first employee at Galfar Engineering and Construction which began with 4 others in 1972.
The $250 million Galfar empire has interests in oil drilling, construction dams, ports, stadiums, pipelines, airports, highways etc. and employs 14,000 people.It ahs spread its activities to Brunei, UAE, Quatar and Yemen. An amusement park, a conventional centre and a star hotel are being built in Kerala.