Visiting Doctor Scoops Two Million Prize at Dubai Shopping Festival

Published March 9th, 2010 - 09:20 GMT

An Indian doctor visiting relatives in Dubai has won the largest prize this Dubai Shopping Festival in a joint promotion by Mall of the Emirates and Deira City Centre- ‘Dream Big’. After some last minute shopping in Deira City Centre, just two days before the event drew to a close, Dr. Kishan MK put his name on the winning ticket and is now AED 2,000,000 better off.

The doctor, from Bangalore, has described his first journey to Dubai as 'mind-numbing'. He landed in the UAE on February 26 to see his Uncle and Aunt, who are residents in Dubai, and bought some gifts and groceries from Deira City Centre on the same day.

Just thirty six hours later, as the month-long DSF drew to a close, Dr. Kishan became the season’s luckiest shopper walking away with two million Dirhams.

"I was with my uncle when I received the call telling me I had won, and I simply didn't believe it," said Kishan. "I was in a real state of shock, although each day it is becoming more and more real and I feel more and more excited.

As part of the Dream Big Raffle prize by Mall of the Emirates and Deira City Centre, the winner Dr. Kishan was offered the choice of his own Tuscan Villa, a Luxury Sports Car, a Private Yacht, or the AED 2 Million cash equivalent.

"Everyone has plans and goals they work towards, and something as special as this means these dreams can come true sooner rather than later. It's an incredibly generous prize and I'm an incredibly lucky person," he added.

Kishan, whose relatives always shop at Deira City Centre, say they are "thrilled" for their nephew.

Fuad Al Najjar, Vice President, Deira City Centre believes the prize is a great example of how the Dubai Shopping Festival is an international event that welcomes people from across the world to taste the hospitality of Dubai. "We have been involved with DSF since it began fifteen years ago, and have always wanted to be at the heart of the festival," he said. "As a key sponsor this is a great moment for us.

"To be able to present the largest prize for this DSF, gives us as much pleasure as it does Dr. Kishan, and for this year's winner to be a tourist shows again that the festival is a great global ambassador for Dubai."

Fuad Sharaf, Vice President, Mall of the Emirates, said the festival had once again surpassed all expectations. "Every year, we see a renewed vigour and excitement with Dubai Shopping Festival. It is a chance for people to enjoy the sales, the discounts, the bargains, and of course the prizes, and let themselves indulge. As always, we are delighted to play such a prominent role.

"The festival has become an institution and a legend in Dubai and it makes us very proud to walk alongside that reputation," he added.


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