Emiratis win Damac jet, island

DUBAI - It must be everyone’s dream - their own private island in the Caribbean.

By Zoe Sinclair (Our staff reporter)

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Published: Tue 29 Apr 2008, 10:18 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:59 PM

For Ismail Ahli, UAE national, jetting off to his personal haven amid palm trees and that surreal blue water became a reality when he won a Caribbean island in the DAMAC Properties promotion.

The news hadn't quite sunk in when Khaleej Times spoke with Ahli yesterday.

"I don't know where the island is located," he said. “I’m waiting for the details from Damac so I can plan on what to do with it. The Caribbean is very far, so I will probably sell it.”But his family may have their sights set on a new family holiday destination and Ahli said they were happy to hear about the island and congratulated him.

Meanwhile, Abdulla Al Shamisi, UAE national, can jet off to any destination he fancies, be it Rome, New York or even a remote airstrip in Africa, should the mood strike.

Shamisi won an Eclipse 500 Private Jet worth Dh5.5 million in the promotion.

The promotion, which has seen prizes worth Dh90 million being given away during Dubai Shopping Festival 2008, was awarded the festival’s most innovative promotion.

The promotion comprised a mega raffle prize with a private island worth Dh1 million and a grand raffle prize with a brand new Eclipse 500 Private Jet worth Dh5.5 million. Every property bought during the DSF entitled the customer a chance to win either the private Island or a jet plane. The property developer also announced a Bentley or BMW with every apartment bought during the DSF 2008.

Hussain Sajwani, chairman of DAMAC Holding, said, "At DAMAC our focus has always been delivering luxury to our customers, and during the DSF, we delivered a vast array of extended delight and benefits to all our new customers.”

Speaking at the event, Peter Riddoch, CEO of DAMAC Properties, said, “This year's DSF success has challenged us to raise the bar to develop an even more innovative marketing campaign for DSF 2009.”

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