Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan speaks with the media after arriving at the international airport in Mumbai February 6, 2010. Bollywood is jittery over the fate of "My Name Is Khan", one of its biggest films of the year, with lead actor Shah Rukh Khan facing the ire of the Shiv Sena. The hardline Hindu group has threatened to disrupt Mumbai screenings of the film, which will be released February 12, if Khan does not apologise for backing the participation of Pakistani cricketers in the Indian Premier League. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe (INDIA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS SOCIETY) *** Local Caption ***  DEL14_BOLLYWOOD-_0206_11.JPG
The Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan is reportedly eager to meet his devoted fans in the region.

Khan saves the world, starting with Dubai

DUBAI // Fans of the Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan will have a chance to meet the actor when he visits Dubai this month for the world premiere of his new superhero action movie.

One of India's most popular actors, Khan will be in Dubai on October 24 for the premiere of his movie, Ra.One.

He will also hold a charity auction dinner open to the public, organisers said yesterday. The film will be released to the rest of the world two days later.

"Shah Rukh has a huge fan following in Dubai, not just among the Asian community but among UAE nationals and other Arabs who would love to meet him," said Rashid Saeed, the managing director of Dubai's Essar Events, which is organising Khan's visit.

"We naturally expect big crowds and have arranged for adequate security. The UAE is full of movie buffs who love Shah Rukh, and he is looking forward to meeting his fans in this part of the world."

Khan, 45, will hold a press conference on October 24, followed by an invitation-only premiere at Grand Cineplex and a charity auction dinner at the Grand Hyatt hotel for the Rashid Paediatric Therapy Centre.

Details of the ticket prices for the charity dinner and the memorabilia for sale will be available this week.

Khan's followers can also send e-mails to for more information.

A spokesman for Rashid Paediatric Therapy Centre confirmed it would receive proceeds from the auction. The centre provides treatment for children with special needs.

Ra.One has been billed as the most expensive Bollywood film, with a budget of 1.5 billion rupees (Dh111.8 million). Khan stars as a superhero whose main weapon is his ability to shoot supercharged bolts of electricity.

Movie trailers show Khan in a fitted black, silver and blue costume, with electricity crackling around his right arm.

The hero, G.One, or the "Good one" leaps, bounds, flies faster than a train, and shares a bond with a boy who is an ace video game player.

The movie centres on G.One's fight to save the world from the villain Ra.One, played by the Indian actor Arjun Rampal.


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Important questions to consider

1. Where on the plane does my pet travel?

There are different types of travel available for pets:

  • Manifest cargo
  • Excess luggage in the hold
  • Excess luggage in the cabin

Each option is safe. The feasibility of each option is based on the size and breed of your pet, the airline they are traveling on and country they are travelling to.


2. What is the difference between my pet traveling as manifest cargo or as excess luggage?

If traveling as manifest cargo, your pet is traveling in the front hold of the plane and can travel with or without you being on the same plane. The cost of your pets travel is based on volumetric weight, in other words, the size of their travel crate.

If traveling as excess luggage, your pet will be in the rear hold of the plane and must be traveling under the ticket of a human passenger. The cost of your pets travel is based on the actual (combined) weight of your pet in their crate.


3. What happens when my pet arrives in the country they are traveling to?

As soon as the flight arrives, your pet will be taken from the plane straight to the airport terminal.

If your pet is traveling as excess luggage, they will taken to the oversized luggage area in the arrival hall. Once you clear passport control, you will be able to collect them at the same time as your normal luggage. As you exit the airport via the ‘something to declare’ customs channel you will be asked to present your pets travel paperwork to the customs official and / or the vet on duty. 

If your pet is traveling as manifest cargo, they will be taken to the Animal Reception Centre. There, their documentation will be reviewed by the staff of the ARC to ensure all is in order. At the same time, relevant customs formalities will be completed by staff based at the arriving airport. 


4. How long does the travel paperwork and other travel preparations take?

This depends entirely on the location that your pet is traveling to. Your pet relocation compnay will provide you with an accurate timeline of how long the relevant preparations will take and at what point in the process the various steps must be taken.

In some cases they can get your pet ‘travel ready’ in a few days. In others it can be up to six months or more.


5. What vaccinations does my pet need to travel?

Regardless of where your pet is traveling, they will need certain vaccinations. The exact vaccinations they need are entirely dependent on the location they are traveling to. The one vaccination that is mandatory for every country your pet may travel to is a rabies vaccination.

Other vaccinations may also be necessary. These will be advised to you as relevant. In every situation, it is essential to keep your vaccinations current and to not miss a due date, even by one day. To do so could severely hinder your pets travel plans.

Source: Pawsome Pets UAE

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