Ajai Saran graduated in Civil Engineering from a highly reputed university in India in 1974 and after a short tenure with a Bank in India as Technical officer came to Middle East in 1977. Joined Dubai Consultants, a firm of architects and engineers in Dubai as a resident engineer. During his tenure as a resident engineer till 1989 he managed the construction of several projects of different types which included private houses, group housing, commercial ,residential and institutional buildings. The construction of Hatta Fort Hotel and Dubai’s First Marina at Jebel Ali Hotel and Resort were also managed by him during this period. Promoted as general Manager in 1989, a position he held for six years during which he brought about management changes to enhance the quality of service provided to the clients. Projects worth over Aed 200 million ranging from group housing to luxury apartments were successfully completed during his tenure.