Inside the Guptas R465m Dubai hideout

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On Monday 6 June, the Department of Justice and Correctional Services confirmed that Rajesh and Atul Gupta were arrested by United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities after the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) issued a red notice for them. 

After fleeing South Africa in 2016, the Gupta brothers settled in a luxury 10-bedroom home in Dubai. Speaking to The National, Dubai-based designer Prateek Chaudhry said Rajesh, Atul, and their other brother Ajay all lived in the house with their families.

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INSIDE THE GUPTAS LUXURY 10-BEDROOM PALACE

According to a 2016 City Press report, the Gupta family purchased their luxury home in the Emirates Hills for $30 million (R465 million). 

The publication further reports that the home has 10 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, nine reception rooms and a garage for 11 cars and it is decorated in marble and gold with chandeliers in almost every room. 

The 10-bedroom house’s entrance has the words “Gupta” and “Saharanpur” polished on it. 

A HOUSE FIT FOR GUPTA KINGS

Designer Prateek Chaudhry told The National that the Guptas’ mother leads their prayers every evening and Duduzane Zuma, son of former president Jacob Zuma attended one of the prayers. 

“They ate only vegetarian food. Their mother is the centre of the home and the three brothers think the world of their mom,” continued Chaudhry.

The Dubai-based designer also told the publication that the living room furniture once belonged to Russian monarchs. The Gupta family also had a couch that once belonged to legendary musician Michael Jackson. 

“Almost every piece of furniture had a history, a legacy. There were several pieces of collectable furniture,” explained the designer. 

TAKE A LOOK

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A look at the Guptas Dubai mansion. Image via Twitter @City_Press
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A look at the Guptas Dubai mansion. Image via Twitter @City_Press
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A look at the Guptas Dubai mansion. Image via Twitter @City_Press
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A look at the Guptas Dubai mansion. Image via Twitter @ksafricahack

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MEETING ATUL GUPTA 

Prateek Chaudhry said Atul Gupta was “different” adding that “no one knew” he was a Gupta. 

“Atul was one of the most soft-spoken people I have met in my life.”

“When you work with the wealthy, they have an idea, an opinion and it’s always their way.” 

“But with Atul, if you had a better idea he would listen to you.”

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