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Indian millionaire gets lucky twice with Dubai Duty Free



Lightning may strike once but for an Indian expatriate in Dubai, Lady Luck has smiled twice in quick succession.

The expat has joined the list of US$1 million winners who doubled their luck and won the promotion twice when the latest Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire and Finest Surprise draws were held today in Concourse A of Dubai International Airport.

Sree Sunil Sreedharan, a 55 year old Indian national based in Dubai became the 8th person to win the Millennium Millionaire promotion twice when his ticket number 1938 in Millennium Millionaire Series 388, which he purchased online on 10th April, was drawn today.

Sreedharan previously won a US$1 million in Millennium Millionaire Series 310 with ticket number 4638 in September 2019. Incredibly, he also won a Range Rover HSE 360PS (Fuji White) car in Finest Surprise Series 1746 with ticket number 1293 in February 2020.

A regular participant to Dubai Duty Free promotions for more than 20 years, Mr. Sreedharan, who used to work as an estimation manager for a company in Abu Dhabi, now runs his own online trading business in Dubai. “Thank you Dubai Duty Free for making me a second time winner of US$1 million. I’m encouraging everyone to participate in this amazing promotion and be patient. I am certainly a proof of that!” he said.

Mr Sreedharan, who hails from Kerala in India is also the 188th Indian national to have won US$1 million since the start of the Millennium Millionaire promotion in 1999. Indian nationals make up the highest number of Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire ticket buyers.

Today’s Millennium Millionaire draw was conducted by Dubai Duty Free’s Chief Operating Officer, Ramesh Cidambi, Salah Tahlak, Executive Vice President – Corporate Services, Sinead El Sibai, SVP – Marketing, Mona Al Ali, SVP – Human Resources, Michael Schmidt, SVP – Retail and Zayed Al Shebli, SVP – Loss Prevention and Corporate Security.

Following the Millennium Millionaire draw, the Finest Surprise draw was conducted for two luxury vehicles.
Mr Rashid Al Mutawaa, a 41-year-old Emirati national based in Dubai, won a BMW 750Li xDrive M Sport (Mineral White Metallic) car, with ticket number 0924 in Finest Surprise Series 1804, which he purchased online on 21st April.

Mr Al Mutawaa, who runs his own travel agency, started buying tickets for Dubai Duty Free promotion only last year and couldn’t believe that he won.

“What a lucky day! Thank you Dubai Duty Free!” he commented.

Lastly, Mr Purushothaman Pachairaj, a 61 year old Indian national from Chennai, India won a BMW R 1250 RS (Imperial Blue Metallic) motorbike, with ticket number 0814 in Finest Surprise Series 496, which he purchased on 23rd April when he travelled between India and Basra, Iraq.

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Indian wellness practioner Piush Jain eyes global expansion, announces plans for Dubai



Award-winning Indian wellness practioner Dr Piush Jain, renowned for his groundbreaking age reversal therapy using Ayurvedic medicines and herbs, is now eyeing global expansion with Dubai as his first international hub.

Dr Jain, who runs the famous Dr PK Jain Clinics with a legacy of close to hundred years in the Indian city of Lucknow, has helped many reverse aging process, naturally, through a 5000-year-old age reversal Ayurvedic therapy. And now, the leading Ayurveda exponent is ready to spearhead age reversal therapy by taking his line of work to the wider world.

“My line of treatment is a revolutionary step forward in the field of age management and hormonal health and it is something I now want more people from around the world to have greater access to. So there’s no place better than Dubai to start my global operations from.  And our plans are to be in business within this quarter pending all necessary approvals from relevant authorities,” Dr Jain said this week during his trip to Dubai where he is meeting officials from various health authorities ahead of his grand launch. “Dubai is home to close to 200 nationalities. So setting up a business means unparalleled opportunities for growth and innovation, thanks to its strategic location, world-class infrastructure, and business-friendly environment and also a gateway to the wider world”

Dr. Jain – a fourth-generation practitioner from a family of holistic wellness therapists who have been tapping the power of traditional Ayurvedic practices for over a 100 years in India – stresses particularly on the use of Amalki Rasayana herbs, that he says, have a positive impact on the pituitary-gonadal axis – a key controller of aging and vitality.

“What sets us apart is our work on the pituitary gland. Often referred to as the ‘master gland,’ it plays a pivotal role in regulating the body’s hormonal balance and, consequently, the ageing process. My groundbreaking treatment taps the power of traditional Ayurvedic medical practices like the age old Amal Ki Rasayan and other herbs to harness the natural functions of the pituitary gland to manage age-related hormonal changes. By stimulating the gland in a way that mimics the body’s own processes, this innovative approach effectively slows down the ageing process without introducing any side effects,” explains Dr Jain who has been lauded with lifetime achievement awards both internationally and in his native India.

Recent studies underline the potential of Ayurvedic treatments to enhance longevity and quality of life. Research published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine published by MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute), the Swiss-based publisher of open-access scientific journals and the largest of its kind, emphasises how natural compounds can reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, critical factors behind aging process. A comprehensive study on the effects of Vajikaran Rasayana herbs substantiates their significant influence on hormonal balance and vitality. “The results are stunning – one’s hair start growing again, one’s skin starts glowing just as your other organs including brain, kidney and liver start functioning at an optimum level again thereby making one reverse a lot of usual age-related conditions like diabetes, hypertension, eventually making the patient feel better emotionally, physically and even sexually as part of a holistic wellness therapy,” he says.

Based in Lucknow but now with a firm eye on global expansions starting with Dubai, Dr. Jain’s clinic has scripted many success stories. His patients have reported feeling more energetic, mentally clearer, and looking younger. Not just in India, his work is also gaining attention and popularity across the globe as more and more people look for alternative anti-aging treatments.

For more information about Dr. Piush Jain and his Ayurvedic age reversal therapy, please visit or contact: India – +919415027773 /+917007467416

UAE – +971545935289

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UAE cuts Friday sermon to 10 minutes until end of summer



The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments said that the decision is aimed at ensuring the safety of worshippers during the summer months.The directive is applicable from Friday, June 28, until the start of October.

According to the UAE’s National Center of Meteorology, summer temperatures in the Gulf country frequently exceed 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), with some areas experiencing highs of up to 50 C (122 F).

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Akshar Yoga Kendraa successfully sets 5 New Guinness World Records



History was made on Thursday at Tripura Vasini, Palace Grounds, Bengaluru under the visionary leadership of Himalayan Siddhaa Akshar, as Akshar Yoga Kendraa successfully set 5 New Guinness World Records by holding 5 distinct yogasanas. The details of the asanas that set the records are as follows:

Sl. NoName of the AsanaHolding Time for PostureNo. of Participants
1Naukasana | Boat Pose1 minute hold382
2Kaundinyasana | Sage Kaundinya Pose30 seconds hold352
3Chakrasana | Wheel Pose2 minutes hold390
4Natrajasana | Lord Shiva Pose1 minute hold595
5Surya Namaskar | Sun Salutation5 minutes of flow1372

The attempt was made for 7 Guinness World Records out of which 5 have been achieved and 2 are under review.

Yoga, the ancient practice rooted in India, has been a beacon of health and spiritual wellness for millennia. International Yoga Day aims to raise awareness about the myriad benefits of yoga, encouraging people worldwide to embrace this practice as a path to better health and inner peace. The global participation underscores yoga’s universal appeal and its ability to bridge cultural and geographical divides.

The 10th edition of International Yoga Day, under the visionary leadership of Himalayan Siddhaa Akshar, highlighted yoga’s transformative power and showcased the physical and mental discipline cultivated through dedicated yoga practice.

Akshar Yoga Kendraa is dedicated to fostering physical health, mental clarity, and spiritual growth through its comprehensive yoga programs, regularly holding Fitness camps, Mudra workshops, and Meditation sessions. These activities aim to demonstrate the diverse benefits of yoga and encourage its incorporation into daily life.

According to Himalayan Siddhaa Akshar, “Yoga is an integral part of the body, mind, and spirit. It unites these elements and serves as a precious gift for humanity. This remarkable event is truly a blessing for people, inspiring them to embrace the practice of yoga. It sends a powerful message worldwide, making everyone realize the profound significance of yoga and its benefits. Moreover, this achievement highlights our country’s rich cultural heritage and reinforces India’s position as a global leader in promoting holistic health and spiritual well-being.”

Swapnil Dangarikar and Rishi Nath, Senior Adjudicators, Guinness World Records, confirmed that five records were successfully claimed. Swapnil Dangarikar said, “I am delighted to say that Team Akshar Yoga Kendraa has successfully set 5 new Guinness World Record titles. I don’t think I have given these many certificates on a single day. Congratulations to all of you. This makes you Officially Amazing.”

Persons from all walks of life participated to celebrate the 10th International Yoga Day 2024 , including members of the Indian Army, Air Force, Karnataka State Police, Specially-abled children, children from orphanages, Members of the business community, and corporate houses. A special mention goes out to 1200+ NCC cadets of #NCC Group ‘A’ Bangalore @dte_kargo. Dy DG, NCC Dte Karnataka & Goa, the Group Commander, NCC Group HQ ‘A’ Bengaluru, Commanding Officers, Associate NCC Officers, Permanent Instructors of Group ‘A’ NCC Battalions who also participated with the cadets during the event.

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