Once a machinist, Indian businessman now possesses 22 flats in Burj Khalifa

An Indian mechanic-turned-businessman possesses 22 unbelievable apartments in Dubai's Burj Khalifa, a media report said on Sunday.

An Indian mechanic-turned-businessman possesses 22 unbelievable apartments in Dubai's Burj Khalifa, a media report said on Sunday.

George V Nereaparambil says he is just not stopping at 22 and will continue to purchase more if he gets a "great deal."

"If I get a whole lot, I'll purchase more. I 'm a dreamer, and I never quit dreaming," he told Khaleej Times.

George V Nereaparambil (Image: facebook.com/georgevnereaparambil)

The Kerala-born is considered to be one of the biggest private owners within the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest construction.

His stake in the property came about when a relative teased him about the 828-metre building.

After seeing an advertisement in a newspaper about an apartment for rent in the building in 2010, Nereaparambil rented the apartment the same day and began living in it from the very next day.

Now, six years on with 22 of the 900 apartments at possibly the Gulf's poshest address under his belt, he said five are leased, and as for the rest, he's "waiting for the right renter," the report quoted him as saying.

Within an incredible sounding rags-to-riches narrative, Nereaparambil realized there was tremendous scope for an AC company in the hot climate of the desert after first touched down in Sharjah back.

Nereaparambil, who helped his father trade cash crops and made money at the age of 11, then went about creating the starts of his now mini-empire, GEO Group of Companies.

Few people understood at that time you could make gum from those seeds," he said.

Sifting through the dirt and sand to gather up the disregarded seeds, he said he would frequently make a "90 per cent profit selling them on."

"I'd do the same with tamarind seeds also.