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Meet the Indian mechanic-turned-businessman who owns 22 apartments in Burj Khalifa

Indian businessman George V. Nereaparambil

Dubai, Sep 13 (UITV)- To say you own one apartment in the world’s tallest building would be impressive. But to say you own 22, now that would just be hard to believe. Well believe it. Indian businessman George V. Nereaparambil is the very man who owns more than his share of the 900 apartments in the Burj Khalifa.

The Kerala-born businessman is believed to be one of the largest private owners within the Burj Khalifa, but he says he’s not stopping at 22.

“If I get a good deal, I’ll buy more. I am a dreamer and I never stop dreaming,” he told Khaleej Times.

George’s impressive property resume happened one day when a friend teased him about the 828-metre building.

“A relative of mine jokingly told me: See this Burj Khalifa, you cannot enter it,” he said. Seeing an advertisement about an apartment for rent in the Burj Khalifa in 2010, Nereaparambil rented it the same day and moved in the very next day.

Now, six years on with 22 of the 900 apartments at perhaps the Gulf’s poshest address under his belt, he said five are rented, and as for the rest he’s waiting for the right tenant.

The Indian businessman first touched down in Sharjah way back in 1976.  After realizing there was a huge scope for an air conditioning business in the hot climate of the desert, the mechanic-turned-businessman went about setting up the beginnings of his own mini empire, GEO Group of Companies.

But this wasn’t his first taste of life as a businessman. He showed a good head for business when he was just 11 and helping his father trade cash crops. With a taste for independent trading, the then little boy set up his own little side business too, making money from waste.

According to the report, his next big plan is to build a canal from Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod, and he’s inviting others to step forward and make his dream a big reality.