Mo Salah scoops $1 million lottery win – not the Liverpool striker, but a UAE-based baby

Nope not this one. Sure Mo Salah the Egyptian striker for Premier League stars Liverpool is a winner on the pitch, but it was an 11-month-old baby namesake that picked up this colossal win. (File/AFP)
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Updated 09 February 2020

Mo Salah scoops $1 million lottery win – not the Liverpool striker, but a UAE-based baby

  • The baby was named after the Liverpool striker by his football-crazy father

DUBAI: Egyptian footballing legend and Liverpool Striker Mo Salah is all too familiar with winning on the pitch, but it was his 11-month-old namesake that scooped the Dubai Duty Free (DDF) $1 million lottery prize this week.

The baby boy’s father, Ramees Rahman, from Kerela, south India, bought his newborn the ticket on Jan. 15 and thought no more about it, until Tuesday, Feb 4, when he received the call from DDF.  

The Abu Dhabi-based accountant said he was super excited when they told him the news about the big win.

Explaining why he named his son after his favorite star, Mo Salah, the football-crazy Rahman said: “I like him… I love his dedication, style and the way he plays,” Rahman said.

“I’m passionate about football. I’m not a great player and don’t play much myself, but I do watch the games on television,” he added.

And he said he hoped one day he and his son could meet his sporting idol.

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‘Jetman’ stuns with Iron Man-style flight over Dubai

Updated 18 February 2020

‘Jetman’ stuns with Iron Man-style flight over Dubai

  • The Frenchman hovered above Dubai’s coast before shooting off into the air and skimming the city’s skyline
  • Daredevil Vince Reffet’s carbon fiber wings are powered by four mini jet engines

DUBAI: Daredevil Vince Reffet has soared into the skies above Dubai in the latest “Jetman” stunt, taking off from the ground and climbing to 1,800 meters in a feat reminiscent of Marvel’s “Iron Man” and hailed as a world first.
Reffet and his collaborators, known as “Jetmen,” have literally scaled new heights with the help of jetpacks and carbon-fire wings, staging a series of aerial displays that send them tearing through the skies at breakneck speed.
In an awe-inspiring flight captured on viral video, the Frenchman on Friday hovered five meters above the crystal waters of Dubai’s coast before shooting off into the air and skimming the city’s skyline.


“We accomplished another world first in 100 percent autonomous human flight with @jetmandubai, who took off from the ground before soaring to a high-altitude flight of up to 1,800m!” tweeted Expo 2020 Dubai, the mammoth trade fair that will open in October.
The Jetmen had previously launched themselves into the air by jumping down from high platforms.
“It’s the result of extremely thorough teamwork, where each small step generated huge results. Everything was planned to the split second, and I was overjoyed by the progress that was achieved,” Reffet said in a statement.
“One of the next objectives is to land back on the ground after a flight at altitude, without needing to open a parachute. It’s being worked on.”

Reffet’s carbon fiber wings are powered by four mini jet engines. The equipment, which is controlled by the pilot’s movements, is capable of reaching speeds of 400 kilometers per hour.
On Friday, Reffet hovered five meters above the crystal waters of Dubai’s coast before shooting off into the air and skimming the city’s skyline.
The Jetmen have pulled off a series of eye-popping flights in Dubai, soaring in tandem above the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa, and alongside an Emirates Airbus A380, the world’s largest commercial airplane.
Last year, Reffet and fellow Frenchman Fred Fugen also flew through the famed “Heaven’s Gate” archway in the mountains of China’s Hunan province.