Man survives Emirates crash-landing, then wins $1-M in Dubai Duty Free raffle days later

Image by Ahmed Ramzan via Gulf News
  • An Indian national won $1-M in the Dubai Duty Free raffle
  • He won just six days after surviving the Emirates flight that crash-landed in Dubai
  • He said he attributed these ‘miracles’ to God

Luck smiled at a man from India – twice, this month.

A 62-year-old car dealer worker in Dubai became the latest millionaire in the Dubai Duty Free raffle; just days after surviving the Emirates flight crash-landing early this month.

Indian national Mohammad Basheer Abdul Khadar was one of the 282 passengers aboard the Emirates Flight EK521 that made emergency landing at Dubai International Airport following a landing gear failure on August 3.

Fortunately, all the passengers survived the crash, including him.

Six days later, Khadar won $1-million in the Dubai Duty Free raffle drawn on Tuesday, August 9.

According to Gulf News, Khadar works as a fleet administrator at a car dealer group and is due to retire in December.

It became his habit to purchase a raffle ticket at the Dubai Duty Free whenever he goes home to India. His 17th ticket, apparently, brought him the win.

Asked about the miracle that they were able to escape the burning Boeing 777 – 300, Khadar said he owes it to God.

“I value the escape as a more precious gift from God and I knew God saved me for some specific purpose. Probably this is it,” he told Gulf News.

As for his $1-M prize, the man from Kerala said he would spend some of the amount to help the poor people in his hometown.

“If you ask me about my plans, I obviously want to help the children in Kerala who are less fortunate than others and need some financial help and medical support,” he said.

He added he doesn’t want to give it to a charity or use the money to build a business of his own, but would rather “go out and find people who really need help and give them money.”

And even though he is now $1-M dollar richer, Khadar, who is earning AED 8,000 ($2,180) a month, said he will continue to work till he can because he said, “nothing else can give you the satisfaction of your hard-earned money.”

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