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ETA Star Property Developers joins Habitat for Humanity to help build houses in Asia and Africa

Indian movie star John Abraham promotes giving program during Ramadan

ATLANTA (September 3, 2008)—ETA Star Property Developers, a real estate company based in the United Arab Emirates, has selected Habitat for Humanity International to benefit from its “Homes for the Homeless” initiative.

With its business partners, Dubai Lifestyle City, Homes r Us and Star Cement, ETA Star is donating a percentage of its total sales during the month of Ramadan to help build homes with families in need in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Ethiopia. The initiative will benefit Habitat for Humanity every September for the next three years.

Indian movie star John Abraham, a strong supporter of Habitat for Humanity programs in India and a well-known celebrity in the Persian Gulf, is promoting the campaign through a series of print and television advertisements.

Ramadan, the traditional month of fasting for Moslems, started on Sept. 1, this year and runs to the end of the month.

“We are delighted that ETA Star Property Developers, Dubai Lifestyle City, Homes r Us and Star Cement have joined with Habitat for Humanity to help families in need,” said Rick Hathaway, Asia/Pacific vice president, Habitat for Humanity International. “This partnership will help people living in unsafe conditions obtain access to simple, decent housing where they can raise their families in healthy conditions.”

Last year, the “Homes for the Homeless” initiative raised more than half a million U.S. dollars for the Red Crescent Authority to help build homes.

Abid Junaid, executive director of ETA Star, said: “In Habitat, we have found a proven organization that provides the right synergy in our mission to provide homes for the deprived and underprivileged.

“The Holy month of Ramadan is considered the time for giving; helping the needy. There certainly would be no better way than to help provide shelters to those underprivileged for whom sky is the only roof they can call their own.”

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built and rehabilitated nearly 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit

About ETA Star
ETA Star Property Developers, LLC is a part of the ETA Ascon & Star Group, the US$6 billion conglomerate. ETA Star Property Developers is developing over 50 million square feet of premium property in countries in the Middle East and South East Asia, including the United Arab Emirates, Oman and India. In the UAE, ETA Star’s portfolio currently includes premium commercial, residential and hospitality projects. Verde Offices and Residences, The Grandeur Residences, 23 Marina, Liberty House, Goldcrest Views-2, Goldcrest Executive, The Summit are some of the prominent projects of ETA Star that are currently being developed. The first ISO certified developer in the region and voted Superbrand for two years in a row, ETA Star is among the few developers that have started delivery of projects with all others scheduled to deliver as promised. To learn more, please log on to