The ruler of Dubai has done it again…
A woman had an unexpected encounter with HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum after her car became stuck in the Dubai desert.
Hanna Karen Arroyo said the Dubai ruler and his crew came to her assistance when she and her friend were unable to tow their car out of the sand.
“My friend and I got stuck on the desert of Dubai and we got rescued by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid,” she wrote on Twitter.
This is the video that shows HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid pulling our car out of the sand!!! Thanks God there are still good people on earth, this means we can all help others when we see them in trouble. pic.twitter.com/jrgrnzLiht
— Hanna Karen Arroyo (@Hannarroyo) March 19, 2018
Photos show an Emirati boy helping to attach a rope between Hanna’s car and Sheikh Mohammed’s famous G-class Mercedes with the “Dubai 1” number plate.
Afterwards, the Dubai ruler posed for a picture with Hanna and her friend, as well as another motorist who had tried to help.
It’s not the first time Sheikh Mohammed has saved the day in the Dubai desert.
Last year, photos emerged of the ruler coming to the rescue of a trio of cyclists who became stranded in the Al Qudra desert after one of their bikes broke.
This is sad news for the music industry.
Highlife legend, CK Mann passed away this morning. His death happened at the GPHA Hospital in Takoradi.
Highlife legend Charles Kofi Amankwaa Mann was known in show business as C. K. Mann.
The experienced vocalist, instrumentalist and record producer suffered a stroke in December 2017. Since then, he has been bedridden.
About CK Mann
Charles Kofi Amankwaa Mann was a Ghanaian Highlife musician and producer.
Furthermore, his music career spanned over four decades; he won multiple awards for his songs. One of his popular songs was ‘Adwoa Yankey.’
Moreover, John Agyekum Kuffour awarded him the Grand Medal of Ghana in 2006.
He died at the age of 83.
When it comes to sex positions, we are all aware of the basic ones such as Doggy style, missionary, woman on top etc. But there are more advanced sex positions that are intriguing and gives more sexual satisfaction but many have not tried it before or probably never seen it before.
These positions will wow your sexual experience if you try them, but you need to note that, you need strength to execute some of them and so if in any way you’re not comfortable with it, we advice you, stop it.
Come with me as I present to you in pictures these advance sex positions for a better sex life.
1. APHRODITE’S DELIGHT
This position might appear simple, but there’s more to it than meets the eye. It’s the best position for women who love to have their clits massaged and also get the G-spot hit and those who love deep penetration. In this position, the woman is more in control and can direct the ding dong in the right areas. She can also be able to touch her herself to achieve more orgasm.
Many women get performance jitters over the thought of giving a helping hand during sex, when in fact the sight of her adding fuel to their bonfire is a sure-fire way to burn him up with lust.
2. BACK SHOW
In this position you will need some tools to assist you and both partners will love it. The woman gets the chance to rock you and the man enjoys in a similar way. Most men love having a good view of the woman’s ass, which stimulates them. This position is best for such thoughts because you get the chance to have a nice view while you’re at it. The angle of penetration also makes the woman enjoy it the more because it will be rubbing against her clitoris throughout the act and of course her G-spot can’t be left out.
Any position that gives him unlimited access to her wiggling backside will motivate him to race that extra mile she needs to cross her finish line.
3. BOOT IT UP
This position does not need much thrusting and comes in gentle. Both partners can wiggle at it and have all the sensations run through their body. It feels good and it’s calm.
If you’re the type who hates it whenever it pops out and you need to stick it back in, then this is the best position for you, because with it, it stuck at it’s right place and the angle will not allow it to pop out.
4. BOYS ON THE SIDE
Usually, it’s men who always do the thrusting, but have you ever tried to let your woman do it in the same position? It’s awesome!!! The feeling is absolutely different.
In this position, the woman take charge and because they are the ones doing the thrusting they go at it in a rather good pace, in fact they teach you how it’s done and you get to enjoy a whole different sensation from the regular.
5. CANNON BALL
Ok! This is for the boss. Ladies who are acrobatic can give you the surprise of your life with this one. It’s a bit difficult to execute but the results is worth it. Penetrating from an awkward angle gives you a different sensation you’ve not experienced before. Give it a try but you need to be gentle with it.
Talk of locking each other up and this is what you need. It’s a good advantage for women because at this position, there’s no way he will be able to withdraw just when you are about achieving your orgasm, because you have him locked down and you can rock him as much as you desire till you’re fully blown out. You also get to have it rub the inner walls and all the right buttons. You wouldn’t also bother much about it slipping out, it stays intact till you achieve your aim.
An earlier report made by kojokrom.com revealed that Countryman Songo rained insults on Kwesi Nyantakyi for destroying Ghana football in the wake of delay in the start of the 2018 Ghana Premier League due to a High Court injunction placed on by Accra Great Olympics.
A further report we gathered stated that the ‘Fire Man’ as he is affectionately called was stopped on the show by the management of Multimedia especially after they had to intervene for Kwesi Nyantakyi to drop GHC 2m defamatory case against Countryman Songo.
Unconfirmed reports reaching us has it that Countryman Songo has lost his job as presenter of ‘Fire for Fire’ on Adom TV. His alleged dismissal could be a means by which Multimedia seeks to prevent the issue from reoccurring.
Former Kitz FM Sports host, Kobby Stone, is reported to have taken over the mantle as the host of ‘Fire for Fire’ after he was prevented from further defaming Kwasi Nyantakyi.
Emmanuel Offin, also known as Nana Yaw is reportedly dead following Barcelona 3-0 victory over his idol club Chelsea FC in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday in the Kumasi suburb of Asuoyeboah.
According to a report by Kumasi based radio station, Offin who is a staunch supporter of Chelsea collapsed and died while on his way home after watching Barcelona wallop Chelsea 3-0.
Otecnews’ Reporter, Rhoda Dankwa who visited the family house of the late Nana Yaw at Asuoyeboah on Thursday, March 15, 2018 reported that the body has been deposited at Konfo Anokye Teaching Hospital Morgue for autopsy.
According to the brother who spoke on Otec FM’s Nyansapo programme said the death of their brother is a big blow to the family since they least expected it.
Linda, identified as the wife of the deceased also confirmed the news to Otec FC.
In the game, two Lionel Messi goals and one from Dembele handed Barcelona a 4-1 on aggregate victory over Chelsea and an opportunity to progress into the quarter finals.
Ohoud bint Khalfan Al Roumi, the UAE’s Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing, has hailed the country’s 20th position in the World Happiness Report 2018.
She said the ranking is a great achievement, and the result of the country’s forward-thinking vision to achieve happiness and wellbeing in the society.
“The concerted efforts and achievements made by federal and local government entities in the UAE to incorporate a culture of happiness and wellbeing in their environments and make it an important objective in their daily work was a key catalyst to rank the UAE as the 20th happiest country in the World Happiness Report,” she added in comments published by state news agency WAM.
Globally, Finland took the top spot as the happiest country as measured by surveys undertaken by Gallup International from 2015-2017.
Rounding out the rest of the top 10 in order of overall happiness were Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, and Australia.
The report, published by the Earth Institute at Columbia University and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, also ranked Emiratis as the 11th happiest nationality.
This year, the report has seen the addition of new indicators to measure and compare the level of happiness among expatriate populations in host countries, due to the rise in the number of people residing outside of their home countries.
In the 2018 report, which ranks happiness of the world’s foreign-born population during the period 2005–2017, the UAE ranked 19th among the happiest expat population, ahead of countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany, Singapore, France and Belgium.
The report draws on the results of the Gallup World Poll in 160 countries, covering more than 100 indicators based on seven themes to assess and measure different aspects of respondents’ daily lives.
The UAE achieved advanced results and ranked among the top seven in the world in 19 indicators adopted by the world poll, which is conducted annually to measure levels of people’s satisfaction and happiness.
The UAE ranked first globally in six indicators – convenience of city for people from different countries to live in, percentage of full-time employed population, satisfaction with efforts to preserve the environment, being healthy to perform daily activities, satisfaction with roads and highways, and availability of mobile phone for personal calls.
The country also came in second place in ranking satisfaction with the availability of quality healthcare, and belief that children in the country are treated with respect.
The World Happiness Report 2018 ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels, and 117 countries by the happiness of their immigrants.
You Can Never Break Up With Your Ewe Girl!; You Will Be Shocked By The Reasons given for this as you take your time and read this article. Volta region, is one of the beautiful 10 regions of Ghana. Ewe people as they affectionately called in relation with the language of the land the “ewe people “.
Some men particularly from other tribes for some reasons known to them do not fancy dating and subsequently marrying ladies from the Volta region. But some men actually enjoy dating ewe girls (why wouldn’t they, they are gorgeous..lol)
Checks done has revealed that you can never and will never in your right sense break up with an ewe girl when dating her. The reasons given by the guys who enjoy dating them will amaze you. Chaley!dem get correct reason too oo.
CHECK OUT THE REASONS
1) WIFE MATERIAL
The end of goal of every relationship is to settle down with the love of your love. But guys can attest to the fact that not all girlfriends are wife materials. As guys normally say; we have “patopa” girls and the girls we take home to meet mummy, ewe girls fall in the later group because of their down to earth attitude. They are hard working in nature and absolutely respectful to towards their men. So guys, you want to settle down? ,date an ewe girl.
2) CURVED PHYSIQUE (COCA-COLA BODY)
Guys who pay attention to the feminine look of Ghana ladies and have gotten the chance to date an ewe girl Will attest to the undisputed fact that when it comes to body and ewe girls, don’t go there (body yaatamu). Ma guy! dem fine roff… lol. They are the power house of shapes in Ghana. They are heavily endowed. Don’t miss the opportunity to date an ewe girl.
Ewe girls normally have this yellow sissy complexion. Chaley, you can imagine her in her nightgown at night and you will think you are the luckiest person on this whole planet. No be small oo
And frankly most of them have a good habit of keeping their selves very clean. And guys do you know ewe girls hate to bleach. You see why you can’t break up with an ewe girl?
4) WELL CULTURED
It’s basic fact and honest truth that Ewe girls are well cultured. It’s mostly due to their disciplinary up bringing. Check out even ewe guys, they are mostly well cultured. Ewe parents give no chance for their daughters to misbehave. They make sure to instill basic and fundamental life principles into their kids. With all these good attitude at play in your ewe girl’s life, why would you even dream of breaking break up with her?
5) EXCELLENT COOK
As you ready know, food is the way to a man’s heart. If this adage is anything to go by, then ewe girls are the best to settle down with. If you ever get the chance to taste an ewe girls food, Ma guy, you will understand what all this is about. They are excellent cooks.
With all these important reasons, (Note: that is what every responsible guy looks for in a lady to settle down with) you see why checks by Kojokrom.com proves you can never break up with your ewe girl?? Date an ewe girl and thank me later.
This is the best…
It looks like HH Sheikh Mohammed is as much of a romantic as we are.
The vice president of the UAE and ruler of Dubai recently toured The Yard, a new lakefront destination in Al Khawaneej.
As well as being home to a farmer’s market, and some pretty cool street art, The Yard also boasts Dubai’s first ‘Promise Bridge’ – where people can make symbolic pledges to their loved ones by attaching padlocks to the bridge (like the Ponts des Arts bridge in Paris).
The bridge has proved a big hit, filling up with more than 4000 locks in just one month.
It’s also apparently found a fan in Sheikh Mohammed, who was snapped inspecting the bridge last week:
Perhaps the ruler was considering adding a lock for his wife, HRH Princess Haya – how great would that be?
Currently, you can check out the first two phases of The Yard, which include a rustic courtyard, a bakery, air-conditioned and open-air restaurants, dining spaces, shops, a lake, shaded walking trails and expansive landscaped picnic areas.
The third phase will include cinemas, sports facilities, a shopping centre, a hypermarket and tracks for walking and jogging.
Sheikh Zayed memorial unveiled in Abu Dhabi
We can already tell it’s going to be stunning…
The Founder’s Memorial, a permanent tribute to Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, has been unveiled in a grand ceremony in Abu Dhabi.
An art installation called “The Constellation” forms the centrepiece of the memorial. The design by public artist Ralph Helmick comprises 1,300 geometric shapes and 1,000 cables, which create a three-dimensional portrait of the late leader.
At night, these shapes will shine like stars, evoking the timelessness of Sheikh Zayed’s vision as a guiding light for the UAE people.
Here’s what the art installation looks like:
The unveiling ceremony was attended by members of the UAE’s royal families, ministers, dignitaries, and VIPS.
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, said: “Zayed’s legacy will have a never-ending source of wisdom from which future generations draw inspiration as well as lessons of patriotism and dedication.
“The Founder’s Memorial will continue to testify to the achievements of the founding leader and the sacrifices he made. His legacy is filled with stories of loyalty to the homeland, and it places a responsibility on us and on future generations to safeguard the gains, and build on the success stories so that our homeland remains a symbol of dignity and development.”
The Founder’s Memorial, located at the intersection of 1st and 2nd street along the Abu Dhabi Corniche, will officially open to the public in spring.
It has been described as a place of gathering for the UAE community to explore, contemplate and find moments of pause, while enabling international audiences to learn more about Sheikh Zayed; the man and the leader.
The site will consist of 3.3 hectares of public space for walking and quiet reflection.
Landscaped areas will be planted with trees and shrubs indigenous to the Arabian Peninsula, and there will be an elevated walkway offering views of The Constellation, the Corniche and the Abu Dhabi skyline.
New to Abu Dhabi? Here’s everything you need to know about Ramadan
The Holy Month is expected to begin on Thursday May 17, with Eid Al Fitr celebrations commencing most likely on Friday June 15. But are you new to the UAE and wondering what it all means? Here’s what you need to know about this special time of the year….
What is Ramadan?
The ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is a time when Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking or smoking between sunrise and sunset.
Lasting about a month, it marks the time when the Qur’an was first revealed to the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). Extra tarawih prayers are performed at the mosque throughout Ramadan and each evening 1/30th of the holy book is recited. By the end of Ramadan, many observers have read the entire Qur’an.
Why is Ramadan so important to Muslims?
Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, which are the foundation of the religion. The pillars are the framework by which Muslims everywhere live, and Ramadan is considered the holiest time in the Islamic calendar. It is a time for prayer, reflection and religious devotion, to cleanse past sins and to focus on Allah through good deeds.
Here are the five pillars of Islam…
Testimony of faith Religious devotion to Allah as the one God and Mohammad (PBUH) as the messenger
Prayer The promise to pray at the required five times every day
Zakat Muslims are taught to give a certain percentage of their wealth to charity
Fasting during Ramadan This is an annual commitment that Muslims follow
Pilgrimage to Mecca All Muslims are obliged to do the hajj, the trip to Mecca, at least once in a lifetime
Why do Muslims fast?
Fasting, or sawn, loosely translates as ‘to refrain’. So during Ramadan Muslims commit to not eating, drinking, smoking or even chewing gum during daylight hours. But sawn isn’t just about physical restraint, it also refers to bad thoughts, actions and words.
Many people assume that Ramadan is about deprivation, but in Islam it’s often a time to spend with family, breaking fast at sunset over iftar. The fast itself is intended to help Muslims learn about self-discipline and restraint, and enable them to empathise with those who have less.
Must everyone fast?
For Muslims, everyone is required to fast, but there are exceptions. Young children, pregnant women and the elderly and infirm are not required to fast due to possible health complications. Women on their monthly cycle do not fast, nor do people who are ill. If there is a temporary break in the fast, Muslims are required to make up the missing days after Ramadan. Non-Muslims are not required to fast. However, they should behave sensitively throughout Ramadan, which means no eating, drinking or smoking in public during daylight hours.
Does everything close during the day?
Many cafés and restaurants remain open during Ramadan, but may have shorter or different opening times so it’s best to call before. The places that are open during the daytime are likely to have curtains or panels in place to conceal people eating and drinking from those fasting.
Everything tends to happen much later in the day during Ramadan. The malls close even later than usual, with many staying open well after midnight.
Do I need to do anything differently during the day?
It’s important for everyone to dress and behave appropriately during the holy month. Even those who aren’t fasting should make sure that their clothes are modest, covering shoulders, chest and knees. Keep music levels down to a minimum when you’re driving and, of course, no public displays of affection.
Iftar The meal at sunset when Muslims break their daytime fast.
Suhoor Technically the meal before sunrise before Muslims start fasting. Much more laid back than iftar, suhoor often starts late at night and runs into the early hours of the morning
Hilal The thin crescent moon marking the beginning of a new month in the Islamic calendar, which is used to predict the start of Ramadan
Sunnah The teachings and practices of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). Eating dates to break fast, for example, is a sunnah
Ramadan Dos & Don’ts
DO make the most of the community spirit. Introduce yourself to your neighbours, get involved in and catch up with friends and family.
DO accept food and drink when offered during iftar – it is a sign of respect and friendliness.
DO remember that your office hours are likely to change, whether you’re Muslim or not. The general UAE labour law states that all workers’ hours are reduced during Ramadan to six hours a day. However, the DIFC labour law stipulates that the shorter working day is just for those fasting.
DO become a night owl. Everything happens later during Ramadan. Malls are open past midnight and suhoors go into the early hours. Embrace the late nights and discover a side to the UAE you may have not seen before.
DO your bit for a good cause. Ramadan is a good time to put your money where your mouth is. The UAE has a wide range of charitable and volunteering organisations that you can get involved
DO embrace the culture. Take your family to tents, play a set of backgammon or bring a deck of Uno cards, and relax with a Moroccan mint tea.
DO try fasting for a day. It’s a good way to understand what your Muslim friends and colleagues are experiencing.
DON’T forget the rules. Eating, drinking and smoking during daylight hours is prohibited, even if you’re not Muslim.
DON’T dress inappropriately or wear tight fitting clothes – modesty is key.
DON’T leave dinner reservations until the last minute – restaurants across the UAE tend to get a lot busier as families and friends meet to break their fasts together.
DON’T play loud music or swear in public as it may offend those who are fasting.
DON’T count on happy hour. Most bars and clubs here will be closed during Ramadan and those that remain open will only serve alcohol once the sun has set.
DON’T get into arguments or fights. Ramadan is the month of peace and serenity.
DON’T miss it. Many expats tend to leave during Ramadan, but this is one of the most vibrant times in the UAE. It’s the perfect time to immerse yourself in the culture.
Blessed Eid (only used during Eid Al Fitr, at the end of Ramadan)
The trick people have been using to find jobs in the UAE
Whether you want to work in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or any other Emirate in the UAE, applying for the job as a foreign candidate may seem almost impossible, and the truth is: it is, if you are applying externally. But there is a common “trick” or technique nowadays that most new UAE employees are using to find a job.
Hiring candidates from outside the UAE can be very cubersome for HR departments. Unless the job requires a specialized, hard to find talent or a high level role, then they will usually avoid the complications, and look for candidates internally.
The way you can benefit from this is by being inside the UAE while applying for a job. When HR agents read CVs, they will almost always short list applicants that are currently in the UAE and able to attend a face to face interview. The good news is, they don’t care wether you are on a visit visa or not. Even if you are, and you do get hired, they will facilitate everything for you so that you can change your visa from a visit visa to an employee visa. It’s cheaper and easier for them, and less risky. This allows them to test your performance for a few weeks and saves them the headaches of Skype interviews, arranging flight tickets/residence and processing visas for candidates.
Keep in mind that the type of jobs discussed here are average jobs that don’t need special talent and available in large quantities, otherwise this technique may not be appropriate.
The trick is to apply for a long term visit visa, a 3 month one. The 1 month one will not be long enough. Even the 3-month visa was not enough for some people. It takes time for your application to be received and for you to be offered an interview. Patience will be required.
When applying for the job, make sure your location says UAE, and that you are able to attend a physical interview. Here are some websites you can use to apply for jobs:
Of course you may be thinking, how the hell can you survive 3 months in such an expensive country? I can’t tell you how, but your biggest expense will probably be your accommodation, which I will tell you how you can get cheaper. The cheapest form of accommodation in the UAE is called a “bed space”, which costs somewhere around 600 AED per month. It is basically a room shared with around 6-10 people, and you get a “bed space” (literally) in in one of the bunker beds. You will also need money for transportation, to attend interviews and pass your CV around companies. It will be best to familiarize yourself with the public transportation that is available in the city you will search in, because taxis will be very expensive.
Is it worth the risk? That’s totally up to you to decide. But it’s a good shot.
Drop your questions in the comments section.
Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, or Sheikh Hamdan, or just Fazza, is a 33-year-old Crown Prince of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He’s handsome as all hell, has more money than you can imagine and is fond of things and activities that aren’t usually typical for the royalty, like, falconry, F-1 racing and snowboarding.
Sheikh Hamdan, has over 3,000,000 followers on Instagram and has been chosen as one of the top 100 ‘global personalities’ on Snapchat.
His glorious Instagram feed tells us a bit more about his life. We see that he loves traveling, unusual adventures, nature, and animals. Is it me or does that sound a lot like Disney’s Aladdin, actually? Anyway, here are some very curious facts about Fazza every fan should know!
Sheikh Hamdan is the 3rd of 23 kids to his father, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai. After one of his elder brothers died of a heart attack, Fazza was appointed hereditary Crown Prince of Dubai, as everyone thought he was more suited for the role.
Fazza studied at the Rashid School for Boys and the Dubai School of Government. After that his father sent him to Sandhurst Military Academy in the UK, where Prince William and Prince Harry used to hang out. He later enrolled in a few specialized Economy courses in London’s School of Economics.
It is no surprise that Fazza loves photography, but did you know he actually founded the Hamdan International Photography Award (HIPA) in 2011? In 2015 the reward pool was $120,000!
Fazza got the gold medal in a 160km bike run, where he competed with 227 riders, from 41 countries. But that’s not all, have you seen the shots of him freediving, swimming, snowboarding, running and playing all sorts of games? His love for extreme sports is even greater – from wing walking, flyboarding, ziplining past the Burj, flying in an Airbus next to Jet Man, taking a selfie from the top of the Burj Khalifa, diving with elephants, trekking on glaciers… Yeah, this guy knows how to have fun!
Speaking of sports, he wants to revive the ancient art of falconry, which is an integral part of Emirati cultural heritage. The sport became less popular due to all the constructions around Dubai and a loss of desert land in recent years.
“Fazza” is the pseudonym Hamdan uses to publish his poetry. Why “Fazza” you ask? When he just started to write Nabati poetry (a local form of Arabic) he used the name “Fazza” as a reference to a legendary Arab knight. You can also find his poetry online and already translated!
Traveling is probably Fazza’s most favorite activity of all. Europe, the US, New Zealand – you name it, he’s been there. Thanks to his travels, the loyal Instagram and Snapchat followers can sort of take part in the adventures themselves. And who wouldn’t want to travel along a prince, right?
“I can show you the world, shining, shimmering, splendid…” Do you see it now? He’s totally Aladdin! All he needs is a magic carpet, but I guess a private jet will do.
The Richest Men in UAE and the Richest Presidents in the World
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has the second largest economy in the Arab world. One third of the nation’s GDP is from oil revenue. Petroleum and natural gas exports play an important in the economy. This nation has some of richest Arab families in the world.
Here is a brief overview of billionaires in UAE according to their Forbes ranking net worth:
10. Azad Moopen-Net worth: $1.1bn (Dh4bn)
Physician Azad Moopen founded and chairs Dubai-based Aster DM Healthcare, a leading health care provider in the Middle East and India. He was a professor at a government-owned medical college in Calicut in south India before he immigrated to Dubai in 1987, where he set up his medical practice,” his profile says.
“Moopen went on to build a healthcare empire that today treats more than 8 million patients annually, employs over 1,000 doctors and covers the spectrum of hospitals, medical clinics, diagnostic centers, pharmacies and a health care consultancy. He’s reportedly planning to list Aster in India. Passionate about reversing the brain drain from India, he has built hospitals and a medical college in his native Kerala state.Sets aside one-fifth of his income for philanthropy every year.
9.BR Shetty- Netnet worth of $1.7bn (Dh6.2bn)
Former pharma salesman B.R. Shetty immigrated to Abu Dhabi in 1972. He made a big splash last May with the acquisition of UK foreign exchange group Travelex Holdings for an estimated $1.6 billion together with Centurion, the investment arm of Saeed Bin Butti Al Qabaisi, his longtime business partner,” lists his profile.
“Shetty already owns the UAE Exchange, which handles over 10 per cent of all inward foreign remittances into India. His London-listed NMC Health is the UAE’s largest private health care firm. Other interests include generics firm Neopharma which is a contract manufacturer for Pfizer and Merck Serono. Shetty also owns prized real estate such as an apartment on the 100th floor of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. He offered jobs at NMC to 46 Indian nurses who were stranded in Iraq’s Tikrit after militants seized it.
8. Sunny Varkey- Networth: $1.8bn (Dh6.6bn)
Education czar Sunny Varney is ranked at No. 8 in the UAE and #949 globally (#988 last year). The net worth of the founder of the world’s largest KG-to-Grade 12 school operator is estimated by Forbes at $2bn (Dh7.4bn), up from $1.8bn (Dh6.6bn) last year.
Son of expat teachers, Sunny Varkey created Gems Education, the largest operator of private kindergarten- to-grade-12 schools in the world, with 50 schools and 140,000 students across the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia and North America. In October, he sold a 20 per cent stake for an estimated $350 million in its emerging markets business, covering the Middle East, North Africa and East Asia to a consortium of investors which included Blackstone and Bahrain’s sovereign investment arm,” notes his profile.
Varkey stepped down as chairman, ceding spot to Sir Michael Peat, a former private secretary to Prince Charles. While Gems’ first school in the US has opened in Chicago, a plan to start a school in New York has been stalled by a lawsuit by a property developer who alleged that Gems breached a tenancy contract. Passionate about fitness, Varkey works out daily. Dotes on his four grandkids.
7.Ravi Pillai- Networth of $2.4bn
India-born, Middle East construction tycoon Ravi Pillai controls the $3.5 billion RP Group whose flagship is Nasser Al-Hajri Corp., a construction heavyweight in Saudi Arabia. He owns a 50 per cent stake in the privately held firm, which is named after his local partner,” says his profile.
“Pillai is bullish on Dubai, where he’s lined up real estate projects worth $1.5 billion. These include a Crowne Plaza hotel due to open in 2016 and a 110-story tower that will be Dubai’s second tallest. His fortune is up partly on new information on his Indian assets, which include stakes in banks, hotels, property. He visits the Guruvayur temple in his native Kerala state every month because, he tells Forbes, ‘When you’re doing so much you need blessings.’