ABU DHABI // A Pakistani father who served for 26 years in the UAE Armed Forces is in desperate need of money to pay his rent.
The 58-year-old father of six was brought to the country 40 years ago by his father, who also worked for the Armed Forces.
“I joined the army too and worked as an electrical engineer,” he said.
“Dubai was our home – there is nowhere else that we consider home.
“I served in its army and my loyalties are to this great country.”
In 1990, he founded his own construction company, which at its peak, had 80 employees.
But several clients defaulted on payments and in 2012 he was forced sell his business and lay off the workers.
Since then, it has been a downward spiral and now, he cannot afford to pay the Dh82,000 he owes in rent.
“I will stand on my own feet, God willing, and I’ll manage, but I can’t pay off this rent,” he said.
He asked for assistance so he could “sleep easily at night”.
“I’m afraid they will take me to jail,” he said. “What will happen to my children and wife?”
Hisham Al Zahrani, manager of zakat and social services at Dar Al Ber, said the father had “worked hard his entire life to support his family”.
“While most at his age chose to retire, he does not have this luxury and continues to support his wife and children,” he said.
Source: uae news