Indian man shocks Abu Dhabi airport staff after claiming he is 124 years old

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Swami Sivananda was travelling to London through Etihad Airways when he landed in Abu Dhabi for a layover. (File/AFP)
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Sivananda said that his long life was due to “yoga and celibacy.” (AFP)
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One said his features “make him look between 85 and 90 years old. (AFP)
Updated 08 October 2019

Indian man shocks Abu Dhabi airport staff after claiming he is 124 years old

  • India’s passport authorities later confirmed Sivananda’s age from a temple register
  • His passport indicated he was born in the city of Kolkata in the West Bengal state of India on Aug. 8, 1896

DUBAI: Immigration officers at the Abu Dhabi International Airport were shocked after an Indian man’s passport claimed he was born in 1896 – making him the oldest man alive at 124 years old.

Swami Sivananda was travelling to London through Etihad Airways when he landed in Abu Dhabi for a layover. His passport indicated he was born in the city of Kolkata in the West Bengal state of India on Aug. 8, 1896 – seven years before the birth date of the oldest known living person by the Guinness World Records.




(AFP)

A video and some pictures of Sivananda quickly circulated on social media, prompting people to doubt the validity of his passport’s claim. One said his features “make him look between 85 and 90 years old.

In an interview with UAE daily Gulf News, Sivananda said that his long life was due to “yoga and celibacy.”

India’s passport authorities later confirmed Sivananda’s age from a temple register.


Mo Salah’s doppelganger substitutes him in some ads

Updated 13 October 2019

Mo Salah’s doppelganger substitutes him in some ads

  • Ahmad Bahaa is an engineer
  • He appeared in Eyptian Vodafone and Pepsi ads

DUBAI: Ahmad Bahaa’s image went viral last year on social media, for one simple reason: he is the look-a-like of internationally famous football player Mo Salah.

Bahaa lives in Egypt and works as an engineer, but he has also substituted Salah in some advertisements, Dubai daily Gulf News reported on Sunday.

“I do some of Mo’s shots for his advertisements when he is busy with the English Premier League,” Bahaa said I an interview with an Egyptian TV channel.

He appeared instead of Salah in the Vodafone and Pepsi ads, in the parts which are shot in Egypt.

A video shows Salah’s reaction after he met Bahaa, as the footballer himself was surprised by the resemblance.