Indian family splurges Dhs277,000 on chartered flight to return to Dubai - GulfToday

Indian family splurges Dhs277,000 on chartered flight to return to Dubai


Abdullah Mushtaque Anfar and his family pose from inside the chartered jet.

Gulf Today, Staff Reporter

An Indian businessman based in Dubai has paid Dhs277,000 to fly back to the UAE on a chartered flight.

Abdullah Mushtaque Anfar who owns the perfume brand ‘Oudh Al Anfar’ went to his native state Assam to meet his mother.

But his family got stranded after India flights to UAE were suspended since April 24.

Anfar shared the images on his Instagram account with his family boarding the chartered jet.   

Anfar wrote, “Alhumdulillah back in Dubai.

“There has never ever been a direct flight from Gauhati (Assam) to Dubai."

Al-Anfar-family-1-750x450Family members enjoy food during their journey to Dubai.

“Due to the pandemic increase in India and suspension of flights i was not able to find a way to come back. But we managed this route. Thanks to Dubai aviation authorities for managing this and arranging a charter for us from Dubai directly.”

Earlier this month, another Indian businessman spent around $55,000 (Dhs202,290) 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.

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.

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