Etisalat auction: How much for 050-7777777 VIP number?

Properties, cars and vanity number plates have been auctioned before in the UAE, but now its VIP mobile numbers.

Etisalat, a telecommunication services and technology company, has put 70 numbers on the Emirates Auction website with only seven of them (050-7777777, 050-7777770, etc) listed in the diamond plus category.

“The prices may be disclosed a week before the auction on our website and if not then it will be revealed only at the venue,” a call center executive of Emirates Auction.

“You will have to bring a signed cheque and hand it over to the person at the auction. If you bid and win, you will have to put the amount on the cheque handed over.”
The auction will be held on March 8 at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi and Armani Hotel, Dubai.

Etisalat has said that part of the auction revenue will be used to support Khalifa Foundation programmes, while another part will be used to support Etisalat’s CSR projects.

The auction is part of the company’s continuous efforts to support social responsibility programmes and was announced during the signing of an agreement with the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation and Emirates Auction at Etisalat’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi.

According to Emirates Auction website, there are seven diamond plus numbers, 25 diamond numbers, 18 platinum numbers and 20 gold numbers.

The above categories include different packages, with the buyer of the Diamond Plus number getting 22,500 local minutes per month for 2 years, 2,250 international minutes per month for 2 years, 100GB data per month for 2 years, 22,500 local SMS per month for 2 years, 300 incoming roaming minutes per month for 2 years, the latest smartphone and a dedicated customer care.

The package for Diamond numbers includes 7,500 local minutes per month for 2 years, 750 international minutes per month for 2 years, 20GB data per month for 2 years, 7,500 local SMS per month for 2 years, 100 incoming roaming minutes per month for 2 years, a smartphone and a dedicated customer care.

Buyers of Platinum number will get 2,500 local minutes per month for 2 years, 100 international minutes per month for 2 years, 10GB Data per month for 2 years and 2,500 Local SMS per month for 2 years, a smartphone and a dedicated customer care, while Gold number buyers get 850 local minutes per month for 2 years, 50 international minutes per month for 2 years, 5GB data per month for 2 years and 850 local SMS per month for 2 years, a smartphone and a dedicated customer care.

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Exposed: Ranbir, Katrina caught on camera

  3316020733 Bollywood actors Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif in Ibiza. (Twitter)

The couple photographed partying in Ibiza and dining in Dubai

The truth about Bollywood’s latest couple Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif is finally exposed.

How long did they expect to hide the truth about dating each other? They did fine till now, blatantly denying about their affair, but no more.
Ranbir and Katrina were photographed cozying up in Ibiza, the Spanish island destination, where they have been holidaying with director Ayan Mukherji.

This picture of Ranbir and Katrina sharing a tender moment seems to speak a thousand words.


Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor leaving Dubai. (TWITTER)

It has happened in Dubai too – the curious co-incidence of Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor being spotted together.

A certain Dubai resident named Sara wrote on her Twitter page that she saw Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif together in Dubai.
Here are her tweets: Sarah @SarahU178h, “Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor chilling at La Petite Maison, DIFC.”

But strangely the couple is being spotted together is a regular feature from past few months.
Looks like a side-effect of the successful pairing of Ranbir with his ex-flame Deepika Padukone in ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’. The chemistry between Ranbir and Deepika was too hot for Katrina to digest and hence all the news of their secret rendezvous tumbling out.
In a series of events, Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif, have been spotted together trying to evade the media.

In fact at the ‘Qyamat se Qyamat Tak’ bash, when Aamir Khan completed 25 glorious years in Bollywood, Ranbir Kapoor almost escaped an accident trying to dodge the media while giving a ride to alleged ladylove Katrina Kaif in his brand new car.


Ranbir Kapoor with aspiring singer Rahul Vaidya in Ibiza. (TWITTER)

But strangely the couple is being spotted together is a regular feature from past few months.
Looks like a side-effect of the successful pairing of Ranbir with his ex-flame Deepika Padukone in ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’. The chemistry between Ranbir and Deepika was too hot for Katrina to digest and hence all the news of their secret rendezvous tumbling out.
In a series of events, Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif, have been spotted together trying to evade the media.

In fact at the ‘Qyamat se Qyamat Tak’ bash, when Aamir Khan completed 25 glorious years in Bollywood, Ranbir Kapoor almost escaped an accident trying to dodge the media while giving a ride to alleged ladylove Katrina Kaif in his brand new car.


Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif having dinner with their respective mothers. (TWITTER)

But of late it seems the couple has got tired of this entire hide and seeks from the media! The two who are inseparable these days don’t hesitate to make public appearances together hand-in hand.

The two arrived for Karan Johar‘s birthday bash in the same car. Ranbir Kapoor dumped his ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani‘ co-star Deepika and arrived with Katrina Kaif in the same car.

Before Kjo’s bash Katrina was spotted coming out of Ranbir Kapoor’s vanity van and not just this the two even arrived at Vidya Balan and Siddharth Roy Kapoor’s party together.

During an award function in Vancouver Ranbir, Katrina was photographed travelling together.

Three months and so many instances of them being spotted together at most unusual of places has given enough fodder for us to get thinking!

What else explains this than the urge to proclaim their love! We think the day isn’t far when the two will officially announce the committed status of their relationship.
What’s with Katrina meeting Ranbir’s mother and vice versa and bonding with them over private, family dinners – winning the mothers?.

Still “just good friends,” Katrina and Ranbir? That won’t convince anyone any longer.

Six Jeweller’s Who Rule the Indian Gold Market

As the gold prices are tumbling since couple of days, retailers are witnessing a surge in demand and expect up to 50 per cent spike in sales volume in this marriage season.


The total sales volumes of gold for 2012 stood at 2.47 lakhs crore and total quantity of gold sold in the country was 864 tonnes, Vipin Sharma, Director (Jewellery) WGC told PTI. He further added that gold jewellery continued to attract Indian consumers due to its unique features such as for investment purpose and as gift items.

As the market is on a complete turmoil and jewellers are doing good business, here are six Indian jewellers, listed by Nidhi Nath Srinivas & Sutanuka Ghosal, Economic Times, who are ruling the gold trade market not only regionally and nationally, but also internationally.

1. Malabar Gold & Diamonds
Chairman: MP Ahamed
Turnover: 12,000 crore
Key Business Fact: Among top 5 jewellers in the world
USP: Value for money


He had no idea that one day he will be among the top five jewellers in the world. Hailing from a farmer family and starting his carrier ice-making factory, MP Ahamed, Chairman, Malabar Gold has an annual turnover of around 12,000 crore.

At the age of 36, Ahamed was advised to try his hand in the gold trading business. Ahamed, a high school graduate took his chances. “I started with the 50 lakh I had earned from my business and opened the first Malabar Gold & Diamonds showroom at Calicut,” says Ahamed.

Ahmed recalls that when he started the business, there were frequent unfair trades practices, which he made a key point and launched the first 100 percent BIS hallmarked jewellery.

Understandin the importance of a brand image, market savvy Ahamed hired global branding agency Brand Union to develop a unique corporate image to make a mark in the overseas market.Currently Malabar Gold has 82 outlets, 52 in India and 30 in Gulf countries.

2. Rajesh Exports
Chairman: Rajesh Mehta
Turnover: 30,000 crore
Key Business Fact: Integrated player
USP: No making charges


Being a rank holder in the board examinations, Rajesh Mehta, instead of going for higher studies, joined his father’s business in supplying semiprecious and imitation stones to jewellers. The sixteen year old gradually started to develop interest in the business and today his company Rajesh Exports has annual turn over of around 30, 000 crore.

Rajesh started making jewellery in the garage of his Bangalore home by borrowing 1, 200 from his brother and in 1995; Rajesh Exports raised 10 Crore from the capital market through its public issue.

Initially in order to sell their jewellery to the retail customers they cut manufacturing costs below 1 percent and sold jewellery at ‘real rate per gram’. That became the key factor and USP of the company, i.e. no making charges.

Commenting on the future roadmap of the company Mehta said, “Within four years, we plan to have 2,000 showrooms pan-India”.

3. Senco Gold Jewellers
ED: Suvankar Sen
Turnover: 900 crore
Key Business Fact: Largest player in West Bengal
USP: Affordable bridal jewellery


Though he already had a set business to join started by his great grand father Maranchand Sen, the responsibility was huge. Suvankar Sen after completing MBA from IMT Ghaziabad joined the family business which was started seventy five years back and opened its first shop in 1968 in Kolkata’s jewellery heart, Bowbazar. By the time Suvankar joined the business his father Shankar Sen already ran a chain of 30 stores.

“I have added 16 new stores and we have expanded to Odisha, Assam, Jharkhand and Delhi. We now have the largest number of retail outlets in West Bengal,” says Suvankar. Senco Gold is also exporting to U.S., UK, Dubai and Singapore.
With the basic business sense which he got already from his family and the professional knowledge gained through his academics, Suvankar wants to highlight the art and creativity that gold artisans from Bengal.

4. Krishniah Chetty & Sons
Managing Director: C Vinod Hayagriv
Turnover: 600 crore
Key Business Fact: Jeweller to the rich and famous
USP: World-class design

Krishniah Chetty

Based in Bangalore, C. Krishniah Chetty & Sons is a 140 years old jewelry company founded by Cotha Krishniah Chetty in 1869. Krishniah Chetty at first started by simply resourcing gems and gold, but from 1880 shifted on to jewelry also. The business moved to bigger place as the jewelry designs found recognition in the Royal families of Mysore, Sandur and Travancore. Krishniah Chetty’s clientele generally included the royal families and the British, who were then very much a part of India’s colonial landscape.

The company was then appointed as the official distributor for Rolex of Switzerland, and imported products from Mappin & Webb, and The Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company of London.”Rolex made diamond-encrusted dials with the name C Krishniah Chetty & Sons on top. Not many companies in the world can claim that honour,” says C Vinod Hayagriv.

Today Krishniah Chetty & Sons has an annual turnover of 600 crore and is among the top jewellers best know for their world-class design.


5. Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri
 CMD :S Gopaldas Zaveri
Turnover: 1,385 crore
Key Business Fact: Public listing in May 2012
USP: Strong brand recognition


Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri is a renowned Indian jeweller and jewellery retail chain based in India. The company was founded in 1864 by Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri in Zaveri Bazaar, the jewellery hub of Mumbai. Later the throne was taken over by his son Gopaldas Tribhovandas Zaveri, and now Shrikant Zaveri, is the present Chairman and Managing Director of the group.

At the age of 19 when Shrikant Gopaldas Zaveri joined the family business he already knew how he wanted to take if forward. I knew the tricks of the trade and the areas where I could add value to the business,” says Zaveri, who took over as CMD in 2000.

The company today, has 16 showrooms in ten cities across six states, including Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Rajkot and has an annual turnover of around 1, 385 crore.


6. Bhima Jewellers
CMD: Dr. B Govindan
Turnover: 8, 000 crore
Key Business Fact: Kerala’s highest tax-paying retailer
USP: Certified purity


Bhima Jewellers was found by Late Sri Bhima Bhattar in the year 1925. Bhima Jewellers is an ISO certified Indian jewellery group based at Alappuzha, Kerala, India. The first shop started was a small outlet which now holds chain of more than two dozed showrooms across South India.

The company founder Bhima Bhattar was the first person to introduce the concept of ready made jewellery. The unique selling proposition of the company has always been “sell pure gold” from the very initial days. “This learning has helped me and my brothers to run the business successfully and to be a part of the lives of countless people,” says Dr B Govindan.

Dubai Inaugurated Tallest Twisted Tower of the World Called Cayan Tower

Dubai in the first week of June 2013 inaugurated the tallest twisted tower of the world called Cayan Tower at the cost of 272 million US dollar. Earlier it was called the Infinity Tower. It was inaugurated in Dubai Marina. With this, Dubai created yet another record of engineering marvels as well as skyscrapers.

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About the Cayan Tower

• Cayan Tower is 310 metre or 1017 foot tall residential tower.
• It is 75 storeys building which is twisted at 90 degrees from the top most position to the bottom most position.
• The developer of this tower is Cayan Real Estate Investment and Development Company.
• 80 percent of the residential units have been sold already.
• Construction of this tower started in 2006, but then it was delayed.
• The Cayan Tower has been designed by the masterminds of Burj Khalifa- Chicago-based Skidmore Owings and Merrill. Burj Khalifa is the tallest tower of the world with a height of 2717 foot. It broke all architectural and engineering records when it was inaugurated in January 2010.
• The Guinness World Records in May 2012 declared Princess Tower (the 1356 foot tower) of Dubai as the tallest residential building of the world.
• Also, in 2012, the tallest hotel of the world- JW Marriott Marquis Dubai was inaugurated.

Indian wins Dh100,000 car from Dubai Traffic Police

Dubai announces more incentives for drivers accumulating white points

70914036Jayaseelan receiving the prize from Dubai Traffic Police (SUPPLIED)

An Indian national was awarded a Dh100,000 car by Dubai’s traffic police for accumulating sufficient white points that made him an ideal driver in the emirate.

The man, Jayaseelan, was picked from among 700 drivers shortlisted by Dubai’s traffic police after they gathered the maximum limit of white points in one year, during which they did not commit any traffic offence or were involved in an accident. Jayaseelan has been awarded Chevrolet Cruz.

Dubai introduced the unique white point system, the first in the region, couple of years ago in a bid to encourage drivers to respect traffic rules as part of a long term strategy to curb accidents and attain its zero death target on roads.

“We honour 700 drivers who collect the maximum limit of white points every year but we intend to increase that number to 1,000,” Dubai traffic police chief Major General Mohammed Al Zafin said, adding that at least one car would also be awarded.

The Indian driver, a private sector employee, said he could hardly believe it when he was called by the police and told about his reward.

He said his children are “very happy” for him and that he is planning to hold a party after receiving the car from the traffic police.

#Dubai Police patrols now go for #Ferrari after a #Lamborghini

It appears Dubai Police isn’t satisfied with just a Lamborghini Aventador in its fleet of patrol cars.


What else could match up you ask? How about a Ferrari?

Dubai Police authorities have mentioned on its official Twitter account that the zippy car will be added to its fleet, with the confirmation coming from the Lt General Dhahi Khalfan Al Tamim, Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police, himself.

The tweet simply reads: “Lt General Dhahi Khalfan: Soon Ferrari will join Dubai Police fleet.”

However, the model has not been confirmed, neither has a prototype image been released as yet.

Chances are that a 458 Italia could very well fit the bill, going from 0 to 100km in a mere 3.4 seconds.

Here’s one patrol car you just may find difficult to outrun.

Last week, Dubai Police unveiled its latest addition to the fleet of patrol cars, with images of the Lamborghini Aventador going viral online.

This was added to the Chevrolet Camaro, which was confirmed last month by the authority, with images of its two-door prototype also being released online.

In a statement, Dubai Police has confirmed it will soon introduce sports cars into its fleet to enhance its patrolling abilities.

Lieutenant-General Dhahi Khalfan, in the presence of Major-General Abdul Rahman Mohammad Rafi, Director-General, Department of Community Service, and Brigadier Pilot Anas Al Matrooshi, Deputy Director of the General Department of Operations for Transport and Rescue, are reviewing the new cars.

The sports cars have been designed according to Dubai Police specifications and ‘will help to facilitate policing on highways’, according to the authorities.

News of the Ferrari had many on Twitter cheering the new addition to the Dubai Police family, with tweets such as this one from Stranger Buddy saying: “Wow, I assume it will be a world record to have Ferrari for police patrolling. Keep it up. Dubai deserves the best.”

Don Joe Martin wrote: “Dubai Police is going to increase the standard of policing the world over. I love Dubai.”

Kaveen Amarasinghe posed the question that’s currently on everyone’s mind, asking: “Dubai Police, just curious to know if these cars will be used for patrolling purpose or anything else?”

Only time will tell. But needless to say, the emirate’s patrolling fleet looks poised to set a world record for being number one in style stakes.

Ferris wheel to tower over Dubai


Dubai‘s skyscrapers are seen with the Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world at a height of 828 metres. A 210m-tall Ferris wheel will soon be the newest addition to the skyline.

Dubai’s ruler has approval a US$1.6 billion (NZ$1.9b) island development project that would be home to what’s billed as the world’s biggest Ferris wheel.

The project reflects a renewed appetite in Dubai for extravagance as the economy rebounds from a debt-driven slump during the past three years.

The official WAM news agency said Wednesday that the Ferris wheel – dubbed the Dubai Eye – will stand 210 metres (688 feet), exceeding the London Eye‘s 135m (443ft). Construction is set to begin this year.

Dubai has proposed a series of mega projects reminiscent of its boom years before the downturn hit in 2009. The projects include theme parks and a satellite city named for Dubai’s ruler, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashin Al Maktoum.


#Dubai’s underwater hotel promises submersible luxury


Dubai‘s fascination with bombastic architecture has moved below sea level thanks to the announcement of The Water Discus — billed as the world’s largest underwater hotel.

With an aesthetic not too many light years removed from the Starship Enterprise and an evacuation mechanism not dissimilar to that of a cafetiere plunger in reverse, the design by Polish firm Deep Ocean Technology reveals a hotel split into two parts — one permanently above the water and the other capable of submerging to a depth of 10 metres.

The submersible part of the hotel is intended to contain 21 hotel rooms as well as an underwater diving facility and a bar. Deep Ocean Technology are also keen to point out that from this location visitors will be able to observe the minutiae of the lives of their aquatic neighbours:

“Special lighting system of the area around the room and the miniature underwater vehicles which can be operated from inside will allow you to take a closer look at even the most microscopic underwater creatures using macro photography.”

Although, that said, they are less keen on fish and fellow guests being afforded the same prurient privileges:

“We also ensure that our guests can protect their privacy whenever necessary. All rooms are sound-proof and have curtains of different levels of transparency.”

President of BIG InvestConsult AG (a Swiss firm who have partnered with Deep Ocean Technology for the project) Bogdan Gutkowski previously informed World Architecture News that The Water Discus is also intended as an environmentally conscious research centre as well as a tourism hub.

“We would like to create here in the UAE the International Environmental Program and Center of the Underwater World Protection — with Water Discus Hotel as a laboratory tool for ocean and sea environment protection and research.”

By Philippa Warr

The Largest Man-Made Marina In The World



dubai marina
The vision of Dubai Marina is to create an awe-inspiring city-within-a city that delights residents with its cosmopolitan, free-spirited atmosphere and unique, invigorating lifestyle. It will be an urban centre on the water, comparable to the most exclusive waterfront developments in the world’s leading cities. Dubai Marina is unlike anywhere else in Dubai, the Middle East and even the world.

Ryugyong Hotel North Korea

The pyramid-shaped structure Ryugyong Hotel is not in New York, Hong Kong or Dubai. Instead, it is in Pyongyang, capital of one of the most impoverished countries in the world.The 105-storey structure has been blighted by construction delays, ridiculed by the west as ostentatious, and proved an embarrassment to the North Korean regime.

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