An Indian businessman doing business in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had the most wonderful experience of his entire life when he got a chance to travel as the only passenger on an Air India flight. Sharing his experience, he said that he is feeling like a ‘Maharaja’. According to a report by news agency ANI, the name of this Indian businessman is SP Singh Oberoi, who has a 10-year golden visa from UAE. Oberoi had flown from Amritsar in Punjab to Dubai on an Air India flight on Wednesday. Apart from the flight crew, he was the only passenger on the plane.
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The UAE’s “golden” visa system provides 10 years of residency in the Gulf state to certain professionals and prominent global figures. Oberoi is the Chairman of Asian Gatka Foundation, Managing Trustee of Sarbat Da Bhala Trust and Founder and Chairman of Apex Group of Companies, according to his social media profile. “I felt like a maharaja (king) during my journey,” he told ANI after the three-hour flight.
Flight operations between India and the UAE were suspended for the public from April 24 due to a surge in COVID-19 cases during the second coronavirus wave. However, according to a report, UAE authorities have allowed diplomats, golden visa holders and Emiratis to travel from India amid the travel ban.
According to an ANI report, Oberoi was earlier denied permission to fly, but was later allowed after the intervention of aviation ministry officials. He added that he has all relevant travel documents, including full vaccination proofs authorized by the UAE.
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Oberoi thanked the UAE and Indian governments for this “memorable” visit. He said on Facebook, “Sometimes in critical situations we get opportunities to cherish for a lifetime. Many thanks to the UAE and the Government of India for making this a memorable journey, thank you Air India for the special services you have made it.” Totally made a wonderful trip.”
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