KUWAIT: Indian accountant Ibrahim Hossam, 27, was named as the grand winner of this year’s Kuwait Times Ramadan contest. Hossam, who works at Silver Star Building Materials in Shuwaikh, bagged the grand prize out of 3,000 entries. Kuwait Times selected and included only those with all correct answers in the raffle draw held at its offices, witnessed by Abdulaziz Ashkhanani, representative of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
“I am really very surprised…I was not expecting anything,” said Hossam. “I just participated for the thrill of it and since I knew all the answers, I collected the question coupons and answered them all. This is my second year to participate in the contest and I am really delighted to be chosen the winner. The questions were almost similar to last year – the only change was in the way they were framed, so it was really easy for me because I am a Muslim,” he said.
Hossam won two business class return tickets to London courtesy of Etihad Airways, plus vouchers from Ruby Tuesday. “This year’s questions were very easy but a bit confusing, but I still excluded many entries with the wrong answers. I hope you won’t be disappointed, but try again next year,” said Adnan Saad, Deputy General Manager of Kuwait Times, during the raffle draw. “I am happy to see participants from all nationalities in Kuwait and from all walks of life. This is like a family activity for everyone – they are answering questions in family settings. One family submitted about 300 entries in the name of everyone in the family including those living overseas – we don’t mind as long as the answers are correct. This is one example of harmony, apart from the fact that you will definitely learn more from the questions we asked and you’ll be informed on many issues,” Saad added.
The second winner, Shaikh Anwar, received one economy class return ticket to Madrid, men’s and women’s watches, a Ruby Tuesday voucher worth KD 40 and a Lulu Hypermarket voucher worth KD 50. The third winner, Kawther Hassan, received an economy return ticket to Abu Dhabi, men’s and women’s watches, a Ruby Tuesday voucher worth KD 40 and a Lulu Hypermarket voucher worth KD 50.
Mohammad Ejner, Etihad Airways Marketing Manager, said that his company participates in the Ramadan contest every year. “This is one way of reaching out to our clients. People travel during the holidays, so our presence in the contest shows everyone that we are here to serve you. The mere fact that we are visible during the entire month of Ramadan through daily advertisements lets the customers know that we are ready to accept their holiday travel bookings. We are happy to be part of this contest and we are looking forward to the next one,” said Ejner.
“We are participating in Kuwait Times’ activities regularly. You have a large readership and we are always happy to be part of the Ramadan contest organized by Kuwait Times. This is just one of many participations of the hypermarket in the service of all nationalities in Kuwait. We have this special event during Ramadan, so we really care for it very much,” said Shinu Raj, Lulu Hypermarket’s Commercial Manager. Besides Etihad Airways and Lulu Hypermarket, this year’s Ramadan contest sponsors included Sebamed and Ruby Tuesday.
By Ben Garcia