Dubai's Bollywood connection

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Whether it's for their films or functions, Bollywood superstars have always visited Dubai amid great following not only from their Indian fans but Arab audiences too. Not surprisingly, many have endorsed projects and products in the UAE - some have actually gone ahead to set up their homes here. According to reports in the Indian media, actor Shah Rukh Khan owns a house on the Palm Jumeirah, which boasts a private beach along with a 24-hour water patrol. 'I bought the house, because one can see the island from the moon,' the actor was believed to have said.\n(Getty Images)
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In February this year, Shah Rukh Khan confirmed that the luxury development in Ras Al Khaimah with which he is associated has been put on hold in the wake of the property downturn. (Getty Images)
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Shah Rukh Khan Boulevard, a $2.2bn project on Dana Island off Ras Al Khaimah, had been touted as an extension of the Bollywood superstar's home.(ITP Images)
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Shah Rukh had planned to contribute extensively to the conceptualisation and design of the residential complex, and also have a home there. (Getty Images)
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Bollywood celebrity couple Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has acquired a villa at the prestigious Sanctuary Falls, a resort-style villa community within Jumeirah Golf Estates being developed by Shaikh Holdings. (Getty Images)
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According to a report in the Kolkata-based The Telegraph daily, actress Sameera Reddy is among those to have bought a house in Dubai. 'I prefer to holiday there [in Dubai] than in any other place in the world. I have been all over, but Dubai is the place where I am buying a house now,' the Bollywood actress was quoted as saying in late-2008. (Getty Images)
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Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone had also lent her face for Dubai's Aspire Real Estate. The company had called the alignment the union of 'Rising Stars' when the announcement was first made. (Getty Images)
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Popular fashion designer Manish Malhotra who has designed for many Bollywood stars such as Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Karisma Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukherji, Aishwarya Rai, and Preity Zinta has also opened a store in Dubai. (Getty Images)
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In July 2008, Salman Khan had flown down to Dubai where he was invited to launch the Hydra Twin Towers project at Jumeirah Village. 'I have not decided what I am buying. I am looking at the legalities now. Once we are sure of that then I will go ahead,' Salman had said then. (Getty Images)
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There were speculations in the Indian media that even actress Preity Zinta was looking for a suitable home in Dubai. (Getty Images)
Thu 08 Apr 2010 03:06 PM