UAE: Man wins $1 million, two others get luxury vehicles in Dubai Duty Free draw

One Sharjah-based participant won his dream motorbike in the promotion

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Published: Wed 17 Aug 2022, 5:24 PM

Last updated: Wed 17 Aug 2022, 10:02 PM

An American national was announced as the latest $1 million winner in the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire promotion at the draw held on Wednesday at Concourse C of Dubai International Airport.

Fakhreldin Eltegane Ali Sabel, an American national living in New York, became the latest $1 million winner in Millennium Millionaire Series 397 with ticket number 0680, which he purchased July 22.

Sabel, who is the 12th American national to have won $1 million since the start of the Millennium Millionaire promotion in 1999, is currently uncontactable but will no doubt be surprised when he learns of his winnings.

Following the Millennium Millionaire draw, the Finest Surprise draw was conducted for two luxury vehicles.

Elie Chami, a French national based in Lebanon, won a BMW 750Li xDrive M Sport (Donington Grey) car, with ticket number 1181 in Finest Surprise Series 1813, which he purchased online on July 26.

Chami, who celebrates his 50th birthday on August 18, was thrilled to hear the news of his win and exclaimed: "What an amazing birthday gift! Thank you so much Dubai Duty Free for this unexpected surprise!"

Lastly, Mohammed Hashir, an Indian national based in Sharjah, won a BMW R1250 RS (Black Storm Metallic) motorbike, with ticket number 0159 in Finest Surprise Series 509, which he purchased online at

A 33-year-old mechanical engineer living in Sharjah, Hashir is a regular participant in the Finest Surprise promotion and has been waiting for his dream motorbike for a few years now.

"I'm delighted to have finally won and would like to thank Dubai Duty Free for this amazing promotion, I can't wait to see my new bike and looking forward to having a first ride," he said.


Wednesday's Millennium Millionaire draw was conducted by Dubai Duty Free's Chief Operating Officer, Ramesh Cidambi, Salah Tahlak, Joint Chief Operating Officer and Sharon Beecham, SVP – Purchasing.

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