The Syamalan family poses for a photo at Dubai Airport.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
India is a mix of exotica in every possible sense of the word, be it in its monuments, natural wonders, or, plain and simple, lifestyle. It is in the last mentioned sector that some citizens of the country seem to be shining the most.
When it comes to style of living, they will go to any length to splurge, and their pockets are, well, deeper than the ocean. The question of breaking the bank does not arise.
An Indian man not long ago wore a gold shirt worth $240,000. He bagged a Guinness record for wearing the world’s most expensive shirt.
A Britain-based Indian industrialist left no stone unturned in seeing that Colombian sensation Shakira performed at the wedding of his daughter in Venice. The wedding extravaganza cost a neat 10 million euros.
The three-day wedding ceremony saw elephants and horses traipsing down the charming Italian city of canals.
When it comes to opulence, there is perhaps none to beat Mukesh Ambani, the richest man in India. His house, which has 27 storeys, is a marvel of marvels. It is equipped with amenities such as a spa, a ballroom, a temple, salon and an ice cream parlour. Antilia boasts of nine high-speed elevators, each one going to different floors. This is just a teaser, there are a lot more eyecatchers.
In the manifestation of ultra high-end living, an Indian businessman spent around $55,000 (Dh202,290) to fly with his family, including his newly married daughter and her husband, from India to the UAE on a private jet, as the coronavirus fears led the government to suspend passenger flights from India.
The 13 passengers, including four employees of P.D. Syamalan, managing director of Sharjah-headquartered Al Ras Group, flew in from Cochin International Airport in Kochi, Kerala, to Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai on Friday.
According to reports published in sections of the media, Syamalan, a UAE resident for more than four decades, had flown down to his hometown for the marriage of his daughter, Anju Syam, along with his family members and some employees. Anju’s wedding with Siva Prasad, a Keralite residing in France, took place on April 25, just hours after the suspension of travel came into effect for passengers from India to the UAE.
Though he did not fall in the category of businessmen with the golden residency visa, Syamalan found comfort in the fact that the UAE government had also announced travel exemption for those on flights chartered by businessmen.
And all the eight franchises are eagerly awaiting the outcome of the meeting as they look to move into the final stages of preparations for the league to be played in the UAE this time round due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The official Twitter account of Consulate General of India in Dubai said, “We are happy that 11 Air India Express flights are planned to India from Dubai in the second phase of Vande Bharat Mission, starting on May 16 and till May 23.
Over 125,000 Indians have been safely repatriated home from the UAE since the Vande Bharat Mission started on May 7. Several others will return to India during the Phase 4 of the mission which started on July 1.
The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) has expected the weather on Friday to be fair to partly cloudy and hazy at times during daytime, with a chance of some convective clouds formation by afternoon eastward.
The first regular flight from Lahore to Dubai is due late on Thursday night while many passengers and their relatives took to social media to highlight the unavailability of rapid test facilities for the passengers at major airports in Pakistan.
The Federal Identity and Citizenship Authority (ICA) on Thursday reviewed the features and advantages of the second generation of the Emirates ID that go in line with the concept of overall digital transformation in the UAE.
Passengers travelling from countries where flights had been banned were allowed to transit through UAE airports from Aug.5 as long as they present a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to departure.