UAE-based Danube Properties enters south Indian market

Rizwan Sajan, Sunny Leone and Atif Rahman during the inauguration.
Updated 09 September 2019

UAE-based Danube Properties enters south Indian market

Danube Properties, a UAE-based real estate developer, has launched its operations in the south Indian state of Kerala by opening its sales and marketing office in Kochi. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Rizwan Sajan, founder and chairman of Danube Group; Atif Rahman, director and partner of Danube Properties; Bollywood actress Sunny Leone, and other senior management of the company. 

This is the developer’s third marketing and sales office in India — after it launched operations in Mumbai in 2016 and Delhi in 2017. 

India is one of the UAE’s strongest economic partners. In 2018, Indian investors had accumulated 31 foreign direct investment (FDI) projects launched in Dubai with a total of 3.71 billion dirhams ($1 billion) in capital. This makes India the second largest investor in Dubai in terms of FDI capital and the fourth largest in terms of projects during the first nine months of the year. 

“Indian nationals — including the non-resident Indians (NRIs) living in Gulf countries — are a major source of investment in Dubai’s real estate. Their growing purchasing power is helping developers to sell properties and complete projects and that is the reason of the launch of our sales and marketing office in Kochi. We want to come closer to our target audience and provide the best assured deal,” Sajan said.

He added: “The UAE is a good place for real estate investment ... We at Danube Properties offer up to 15 percent return on investment. As a developer we not only deliver good homes for end users but also provide the highest rental yield for the investors.”

Danube Properties director Rahman said: “We have a well-balanced portfolio of property buyers of 93 nationalities. A large number of our buyers come from outside the UAE — including China, India, Europe and Africa. A large number of families from Kerala live in the UAE and the Gulf countries. Their presence has over the decades strengthened the bond between the two countries.”

He added: “Our office and our people will help develop a strong network with investors from Kerala and help them own their second home in the UAE through Danube Properties.” 


LuLu to fly 12 students from Kingdom to NASA

Updated 23 January 2020

LuLu to fly 12 students from Kingdom to NASA

LuLu, the largest hypermarket chain in the Middle East, awarded a total of 12 young students of different nationalities from Saudi Arabia, India, Philippines, and Egypt, a chance to visit the NASA center in the US.
LuLu’s back-to-school promotion called “Fly to NASA” was held in partnership with Almarai. The hypermarket hosted a competition last September in search of students who are science and space knowledge enthusiasts to experience and visit the NASA center in Huntsville, Alabama.
Shehim Mohammed, LuLu Hypermarket director of Saudi Arabia, said: “We are glad to finally announce the winners of this innovative campaign, which is a first and the most unique among our activations over the years of operating in the region. Thank you to our partner Almarai for joining hands with us in this exciting promotion. This is the first time that LuLu will lead a great opportunity to children who have the high potential to grow and learn more while having fun through science.”
Winners include: Abrez Hussain, Mohammed Ahmed, Rayyan Abdul Aziz, Naif Saad Altwaim, Osama Al-Harbi, Hugh Matthew, Khalid Abdul Aziz, Munther Mohammed Qasim Abujazar, Ahmad Gahwagy, Ahmed Khalaf, Hamza Ladha and Asif Rijo.
“Fly to NASA” winners will get to enjoy and experience a one-week trip, which will include five days of fun and learning at NASA’s Space Camp. The selection process involved two phases — first was the preliminary online registration, while the final stage featured a live quiz to obtain the top 12 winners. Students aged 9 to 18 years were encouraged to register and join the online activation.
With 185 stores operating worldwide, LuLu is the fastest growing retail chain across 10 countries, which include the GCC, India, Egypt, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Founded in the early 1990s, it has successfully expanded to different parts of the world, garnering more than 1,600,000 shopping patrons everyday.
LuLu is one of the favorite shopping destinations in Saudi Arabia, where it offers a broad selection of international products. It is one of the Middle East’s top employers with its workforce numbering to 50,000.