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Maldivian Man Wins DDF Millennium Millionaire, Beond Raises $13M, Activists Face Restrictions at UN Climate Talks

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Maldivian Man Wins DDF Millennium Millionaire, Beond Raises $13M, Activists Face Restrictions at UN Climate Talks

Ahmed Nasir, a citizen of the Maldives, has etched his name in the annals of the Dubai Duty Free (DDF) Millennium Millionaire Series 442, walking away with a grand prize of USD 1 million. In a twist of good fortune, Nasir, who procured his winning ticket online on November 16, became the first Maldivian to claim the USD 1 million prize since the launch of the promotion in 1999.

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The Drawing of Luck

The momentous draw that handed Nasir his life-altering win unfolded on a Wednesday, etching his ticket number 1174 into the history of the DDF Millennium Millionaire. Adding to the uniqueness of Nasir's triumph, reports underline that this win marks the first time an individual from the Maldives has savored the sweet taste of victory in the DDF Millennium Millionaire promotion.

Dubai: A Favored Destination

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Notably, Dubai ranks high among vacation spots for Maldivians, a fact that adds another layer of significance to Nasir's win. Despite the exhilarating news, attempts to reach out to the new millionaire have, so far, hit a brick wall.

Beond Takes Flight in the Investment World

In parallel news, Beond, dubbed the world's first premium leisure airline, successfully closed a US$13M Pre-Series A Round. This recent funding round, consisting of both new and existing investors, trails Beond's oversubscribed US$17M Seed Round in August 2023. The airline has also announced the launch of a US$25M Series A Round today. Beond's ambitious plan charts the acquisition of 32 state-of-the-art, plush aircraft within the span of five years.

Activist Struggles at Climate Talks

Meanwhile, at the United Nations climate talks in Dubai, activists are grappling with the tightening noose of rules and restrictions. This year's climate talks, COP28, have witnessed record registrations, yet the activists' space to air their demands is ominously shrinking. The Blue Zone, the designated area for protests at COP28, has seen its regulations for protests further tightened, amplifying the struggles of the activists.

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