DUBAI In the 18 months Omar Hayah Ajmal Khan has driven a Dubai taxi, passengers have left many things behind – from mobile phones to shopping bags.
On Tuesday afternoon, the 26-year-old Pakistani driver’s character was put to the test when he found a briefcase full of money and jewellery.
“I was very surprised to see all that cash, I can truly say that I’ve never seen that much money before in my life,” said Mr Khan.
He had completed his last fare of the day when he decided to pick up a Saudi man from Al Rigga Street in Deira and dropped him off in the Rola district of Sharjah.
“I thought my day was over. It was 3:20pm and I get off at 4pm. I was just going to refuel my taxi and go home,” said Mr Khan, who works for Metro Taxi.
At the petrol station, while cleaning his cab, he noticed a case tucked behind the driver’s seat. When he checked to see what was inside, he found 123,700 Saudi Riyals and gold jewellery.
“I immediately called my company to say a customer had left his bag of valuables in my car and that I was going to the police station to drop it off.”
Mr Khan took the bag and its contents to Al Qusais Police Station.
“The officers at the station also seemed surprised by what was inside the briefcase. They told me that they would call me when they located the owner of the bag and I’d have to return to verify his identity.”
Less than an hour later, Mr Khan received the call from the station.
He returned to find a very relieved Hatem Awad Al Anassi, a 30-year-old businessman from Saudi Arabia.
“When I got to the station I saw the Saudi gentleman and he was overjoyed to have his property returned to him. He thanked me profusely and gave me Dh500 for my trouble.”
Mr Al Anassi said he always carried cash with him while on business in the UAE, but had never misplaced it before.
A call to his mobile phone distracted him as he was leaving the taxi, and he panicked when he realised he’d left it behind.
“I was very afraid that I had lost the money,” he said. “But at the same time I had hope that it would be returned. After all, the UAE is a very peaceful place.”
Mr Al Anassi contacted the police and they began searching through security camera footage from the hotel he was dropped off at.
“The first photo they showed me was of a different taxi driver. I was starting to lose hope when I got a call saying that the bag had been handed to the officers at Al Qusais Police Station.”
He said he was blown away when he heard the taxi driver had handed it in.
“This guy is on a limited income, he must really have a clean soul to do such a deed.”
Mr Khan’s friends were equally impressed he returned the loot.
“Many of them said they would have been tempted to keep it. But that never even crossed my mind,” said Mr Khan. “This is just the way I was brought up, you know?”
Dubai Police were so moved by Mr Khan’s honesty, they held a ceremony in his honor on Wednesday and presented him with a certificate of appreciation for his honesty and integrity.
“I’ve never taken a dirham I didn’t earn,” Mr Khan said. “Even if no one else was a round to see me, God sees all. Besides, if I had taken it, I don’t think I could ever have look my 2-year-old daughter in the eye.
“I’m a much happier person with Dh500 that I earned than Dh120,000 that I didn’t.”
If the article with head line Expat population ‘could threaten’ GCC security here has any weightage & contain data gathered by ‘SOME’ legal Government sponsored local agency. It is high time expats shall make a choice.
The prime age between 25 – 42 is sucked by GCC, KSA – by our own choice serving masters in GCC/KSA and yet we exist with no human rights and no naturalisation/ citizenship laws.
EXPATS time to re-evaluate the priorities, MAKE a CHOICE
A Pakistani couple 16 months in wedlock are under stress. SHE may get divorce for what she has done in past when single. Under debts of banks & lending firms.
Glitter Glamour & Artificial life style revolving around plastic HIV may have a cure & human life can sustain, The CREDIT CARD & LOAN is a non-curable disease leading to …….. destroyed lives.
Eid al-Fitr is celebrated at the end of Ramadan fasting month for Muslims. 1st day of Shawwal is called Eid al-Fitr.
Eid al-Fitr is celebreted across GCC, KSA, Central & South America, UK, EUROPE, Asean, NewZealand & Australia on Sunday Aug. 19 2012 where as in Indian Subcontinent of Pakistan, India, Maynmar, Bangladesh it is on Monday Aug 20 2012
Ramadan moon has been sighted across GCC. Ramadan 01 1433 will be on Friday July 20th 2012
Ramadan (also known as Ramadhan or Ramzan) is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. It is a time when Muslims around the world focus on prayer, fasting, giving to charity, and religious devotion. The last third of Ramadan is a particularly holy period, as it commemorates when the Koran’s (Qu’ran) first verses were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (_peace be upon him_) (Mohammad or Muhammed).
Muslim car owners sticking verses from Holy Quran on the windscreens of their motor vehicles should not paste them outside the glass as the sticker could get dirty and wasted, according to the Fatwa from Minsitry of Islamic Affairs
Highly alarming increase in suicides among Indians is going un-noticed by social media & expat welfare associations.
Multiple factors are triggering the tendency among age group 32 to 45. Extended working hours, work stress family stress. However key factors noticed & highlighted is Credit card debts, Bank loans.
A known fact across the globe – Slave to wishes live under loan sharks Die penniless.
What tend / compel people to Borrow ?? a Million dollar question only social networks can work upon. So FAR the highlights of all suicides in UAE are – High Life style, living beyond means. making AED 5000 spending 7500.
Social networks over BBM Facebook & Twitter shall raise awareness of DARK side of loans. The DARK side is hidden under fine print of the documents borrowers sign in excitement of Quick money.
EXPAT People must never forget The option of leaving home town family friends & REALITY is to stabilize the financial status and elevate quality of life back home while working in UAE / GCC. Not to live an artificial Glittery life which ends up under loan sharks and suffering of family in home town.
UAE have become partner to plan of striking Iran. US & Israel is adamant to strike IRAN and destroy the peaceful nuclear energy program. By stationing of US stealth aircraft at UAE soil the confederation of 7 Emirates has become partner in crime. Crime against neighbor crime against muslims brotherhood.
Purpose is to manage a dual strike from Israel & US from 2 ends.
Black water is already stationed to control any public rising incase of civil disagreement within UAE against the current regime.
UAE is playing a dangerous game distant friend US is no friend to anyone, UAE seeking elevated enemity with closest of its neighbor & trade partner is highly dangerous.
Scheduled for Saturday March 31 2012
The Most Expensive Event of the region & World’s richest race is scheduled at Meydan Race course in Dubai.
The Dubai World Cup, worth US$10 million in prize money alone, is classified as a ‘Group One Flat Race’ for four-year-old thoroughbreds and above, and spans a distance of 2,000m (one mile, two furlongs, previously run on dirt it is now contested on an All-Weather surface.
after asians from the subcontinent british citizens are into swindling. in a recent report one high school certificate holder british citizen made his way to a HR manager position in a UAE company. feeling complexed untouchable and superior to locals & other asian expats working the con HR manager hired a GHOST sales person at an offshore facility for a symptous salary of AED 125,000 a month attributing such an high renumeration as US passport holder with elevated benefits as per UAE LAW.
He is also accused of submitting forged Bachelor’s degree certificates in Physics issued by University of London – Kings College and a Master’s in Business Management issued by University of Warwick according to which he got a human resource manager post
Seems like UAE companies & Govt are taken for granted by US, CANADA, EU & UK citizens assuming they are untouchables. In general the locals business owners & Govt functionaries believe ASIAN & ARABIC speaking non-locals are 2nd tier workers no matter how hard working honest dedicated they are but never trusted as ‘HONEST’ and never placed at final decisive positions. There always is a Non-Asian Non-Arabic speaking European, American, French or a UK person under the Local Owner, having black & white control.
The accused british person has swindled more than Dh2.1m which forms 24 per cent of 12 employees’ annual salaries via the company’s account.
With the begining of 2012 there is gradual pace increment in terms of business trust & economic stability in Dubai. Investors confidence has shown up Dubai’s strong economic performance is demonstrated by the high number of business licences issued. It also shows the high level of confidence.
Though the capital figure of new licences issued by DED is not available The top ten businesses include trade and investment companies — accounted for 12,527 of the 50,589 activities for which new licences were issued in 2011-12, compared with a share of 11,733 in a total of 46,287 licensed activities in 2009-10.
Considered TAX Heaven British nationals topped the foreign licence list with 14, followed by Saudi Arabian and Bahraini businessman.
The mall is not a play ground. It is been observed, noticed and reported in media that parents visiting a mall with children let them unleashed free as if in a play ground.
While mall security is vigilant and pay close attention to roaming children it is responsibility of parents to be careful vigilant and responsible for their children.
The shop attendants are not there to babysit your child while you shop or have coffee with your friends. Many a time, the children get tired and are brought to the security guards by the attendants because the parents have just left them there. It is wrong
There have been several instances where a child runs up on to an escalator the wrong way and someone has to pull them off. Many times, these children shout out to their parents who smile back proudly as though it is a feat. It is extremely dangerous and a drop from that height can also result in death
Remember a rowdy un-civilized child is mirror of your training. How your child behave, socialise and eat is reflection of your training and upbringing as a parent. Mannerism in a child is reflection of parents wisdom.
Exercise restraint over your children and remain vigilant about their activities in public places — it’s better to be safe than sorry
a 42 year old expat male has been sentenced by Dubai Misdemeanours Court to jail for 30 days in-absentia for public Misdemeanour. Urinating over a taxi screen before smashing it by kicking in public.
the accused had consumed 5 cans of beer before the incident.