Published On: Tue, May 24th, 2016

Pakistani-origin prankster goes shopping as ‘Saudi prince’ in Cardiff, tries to buy Apple store


CARDIFF: A prankster hogged attention of masses in Cardiff who dressed as an Arab prince and tried to buy an Apple store.

The man also took fake bodyguards along to make people believe his royal stature.

Sanaan Akhter went around shops in Cardiff playing Sheikh Sanaan, a wealthy man “with 78 wives”.

With his heavies in tow, he tried to buy the whole Apple store before shouting: “FreeiPhones for everyone!”


Sanaan’s parents are Pakistani, but live in Cardiff, and he said his performances are driven by his confidence – he doesn’t have a background in acting, but picks up accents easily.

He also goes on the hunt for a new watch, with his budget set at £6 million, and tells a barista at Starbucks that his father owns the coffee chain.

Sanaan, 20, makes videos for his Facebook page, Man Like Sanaan, as often as possible and said Sacha Baron Cohen, star of Ali G and Borat, has had a big influence on him.

He said: “I imagined doing something like this in the city centre would be funny so I tried to see what we could get done.

“It was all legit, and all of the reactions were real.”

Sanaan, who will begin a course in Optometry at Cardiff University in September, said the team did come into some difficulties with filming the video, and were told to stop in some of the shops.

Sanaan’s friend, Zaid Djerdi, said: “He’s always uploading new content and trying to get Cardiff on the map.

“We do have talent in this country and we need to shine and stand out, his friends said.

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About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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