By now, any South African who isn’t on their payroll (Andile Mngxitama, ahem), knows that the Gupta family were front and centre in the plundering of this country’s coffers.
The Guptas and weddings will also be fresh in the memory, given that they were able to pay for the R30 million wedding at Sun City on May 1, 2013, with your tax money.
Also, spare a thought for the black waiters at that wedding, who were treated in a disgusting manner by the family.
The Guptas are clearly not fussed about the uproar this latest wedding will (rightly) cause, although we’re not too sure how the Daily Maverick came to be in possession of the nine-page wedding invite.
The five-day event, which will take place at the ultra-luxury Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi kicks off with a welcoming lunch on Tuesday, February 19, and ends with the wedding reception on Saturday, February 23.
You can see the invite here, but we’ll pop a few screenshots of the PDF below:
Nice to see the Oakbay logo on the final page (above), because when a wedding costs an estimated R100 million, a few sponsors never hurt.
Yeah, R100 million.
Some more details from the Daily Maverick:
The wedding is a double-feature, with Rajesh “Tony” Gupta’s daughter Shubhangi Singhala marrying Chetan Jain and Atul Gupta’s son Srikant Singhala tying the knot with Akhya Bansal…
The front page of the wedding invitation [the image right up the top of the page] features the Gupta family’s crest, made up of the face of a lion, circled in a gold wreath with the words “Saharanpur” and “1850”. It was this crest that helped journalists identify the mansion the Gupta family bought in Dubai.
High profile guests from around the world are expected to attend the wedding ceremonies at the Emirates Palace [above], reportedly at $3-billion one of the most expensive hotels ever built. It is part of the Kempinsk Hotels group.
Suites are decorated in marble and gold and the inside of the 60-metre atrium dome, reportedly the highest in the world, is covered in gold leaf. Twenty-four-carat gold-flaked cappuccino is reportedly served. The hotel boasts two helicopter landing pads and its own 1.3 km stretch of beach.
Twenty-four-carat gold-flaked cappuccino – imagine the outrage when they don’t have almond milk.
The invite also lists the Guptas as “r/o [resident of] Johannesburg, South Africa”, although they’ve made themselves pretty scarce since their puppet, a certain Jacob Zuma, was ousted from power.
A reminder that if you bump into the Guptas in Dubai, filming them is not advised.
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