ABU DHABI // From physician to overnight millionaire, it took Dr A. N. two days of missed calls to find out he had won a million dirhams.
The Iraqi was one of many winners of the National Bonds, which rewards its customers for saving money through its shariah-compliant savings scheme.
"My phone was off when they first tried me," he said. "I saw five missed calls from this unknown number and the next day, I once again missed these calls. Finally, after two days, I heard the great news. It was truly an amazing surprise."
He was presented a cheque during a ceremony at the National Bonds' headquarters in Jumeirah yesterday.
Other winners included Wilson Koru, a tailor based in Dubai for the past 30 years, and Ramadan Mishmish, an Emirati. They were both awarded brand new BMW 640i Gran Coupe cars as part of National Bonds' 41st National Day promotions. "There are not many tailors in Dubai that drive BMWs," said Mr Koru. "Although my daughters already decided they will be the ones driving the car. I never thought this was possible, I simply could not have imagined winning such an amazing car."
Mr Koru had started saving with National Bonds to secure his daughters' future. "After winning, I remain committed to regular saving," he said. "The rewards are simply an added bonus."
So far, National Bonds has rewarded thousands of residents with over Dh350 million worth of prizes and 118 bondholders made instant millionaires.