The Bahrain Government has honoured NRI businessman M A Yusuffali with its top civilian award the 'Wessam al Bahrain'. The award was conferred on Yusuffali, head of the retail chain Lulu Hypermarket and managing director of EMKE Group, at a state function in the capital Manama. which was held as part of the Bahrain National day celebrations, by Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the King of Bahrain. This is the first time a foreign national has won the award. Yusuffali, rated as the most influential Indian in the Gulf consecutively for the fifth year by the Arab Business magazine, is one of the leading billionaires in Asia, and his Hypermarket chain is among the ten top retailers in the world.