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DSF wins gold, solitaire diamond for two Kerala families

Sumi and Anil (Supplied)

By Sneha May Francis

The 20th edition of Dubai Shopping Festival proved lucky for two families from Kerala, who won a kilo of gold and solitaire diamond on Monday.

Both the families, one from Ajman, and the other from Abu Dhabi, were out gold shopping at Malabar Gold and Diamond in Dubai over the weekend.

Abu Dhabi-based Anil and Sumi were pleasantly surprised when their first-born Nithara won them a kilo of gold.

"My husband thought someone was pulling a prank, when they called to inform us of our win. They called him twice, but he didn't pick up. It's only later, when his friends pulled out the coupon and the number matched what the caller had said, that he thought it was authentic. But, we couldn't confirm until next morning, as the list of winners was not updated online," Sumi revealed to ‘Emirates24|7’.

Anil and Sumi had shopped for a gold chain and bangle for their daughter, in whose name they put the raffle coupon. "We bought for around Dh2,000."

Ajman-based K. Jayant Rai was equally shocked when he received a call informing him of winning a one-carat solitaire diamond.

"I couldn't believe it at first, but slowly it started to sink in. I'm just so happy," he said.

Jayant, who hails from Kasargode, has been working in Ajman for the last six months as a company supervisor. "I had gone shopping for my wife. I bought her gold worth Dh6,700."

It wasn't for any occasion, and since his wife was going back home, he wanted to gift her something nice. "I have never won anything in my life, and this just feels incredible."

Winners of one kilo gold

January 1 - Beena K

Nationality: Indian

January 2 - Ziaullah

Nationality: Pakistan

January 3 - Mohammed Rasheed

Nationality: Indian

January 4 - Nithara

Nationality: Indian

Winners of one-carat solitaire diamond

January 1 - Ramani Augustine

Nationality: Indian

January 2 - Jishnu Vijay

Nationality: Indian

January 3 – V Deepa

Nationality: Indian

January  4 - K.J. Rai

Nationality: Indian