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This Pakistani is ‘older’ than UAE: Reached Dubai in 3 days with a ticket of Rs 102, saw the city changing like this in 60 years with struggle

According to the report of news website ‘Khaleej Times’, Sher Akbar Afridi is about to complete 60 years of living and working in UAE. His journey started in 1964, when he left from Karachi, Pakistan on MV Dwarka ship with a ticket of just Rs 102. He was only 17 years old. According to Sher Akbar Afridi, “There was no air connectivity to the critical states at that time. One had to travel only by water ship and it took three days to reach. Indian currency was also used in those days in the Gulf region.”

When Sher Akbar Afridi was coming to UAE from Karachi after getting a visa with the help of his father, he saw the Trucial States from the sea.  While sharing his experience he said,

When Sher Akbar Afridi was coming to UAE from Karachi after getting a visa with the help of his father, he saw the Trucial States from the sea. Sharing his experience, he said, “In Dera, I could see the Kuwaiti Mosque from a distance and then I could see Dubai. Today the development of Dubai is unmatched, which can be seen even from space. When I came for the first time, One could walk in Dubai but now even small distances seem very long there because there has been tremendous development there and world class infrastructure has been built.

After coming to Dubai and facing many challenges, Sher Akbar Afridi searched for a job in the construction sector.  He then worked with an engineer.  He used to get Rs 150 per day during that time and this amount was considered a good amount at that time.  However, by working a little more during the day, he would sometimes earn up to Rs 400.  While talking to 'Khaleej Times' he said,

After coming to Dubai and facing many challenges, Sher Akbar Afridi searched for a job in the construction sector. He then worked with an engineer. He used to get Rs 150 per day during that time and this amount was considered a good amount at that time. However, by working a little more during the day, he would sometimes earn up to Rs 400. While talking to Khaleej Times, he said, “I worked hard for very low wages but my hard work paid off. I was also involved in laying UAE’s first concrete road (from Baniyas to the old airport).”

Due to health reasons, when Sher Akbar Afridi was unable to tolerate the heat, an engineer named Luigi (who was deployed to look after the construction work) made him his assistant.  Sher Akbar Afridi Because of this, he got a chance to meet many rulers of UAE.  They told,

Due to health reasons, when Sher Akbar Afridi was unable to tolerate the heat, an engineer named Luigi (who was deployed to look after the construction work) made him his assistant. Sher Akbar Afridi Because of this, he got the opportunity to meet many rulers of UAE. “With Luigi I had the opportunity to meet Sheikh Zayed, Sheikh Shakhbout (the then ruler of Abu Dhabi), Sheikh Rashid and others,” he said. Sher Akbar Afridi was also a part of Abu Dhabi’s first concrete airstrip contract and during this he met Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Shakhbout.

After leaving the job in the construction company, Sher Akbar Afridi went into the retail sector.  They told,

After leaving the job in the construction company, Sher Akbar Afridi went into the retail sector. He told, “Majid Al Futtaim had offered me a job in his business. He had a watch and electronic store at that time. Sheikh Rashid’s office was also nearby. I often went there to ask for water but he used to give me Arabic coffee. “He used to call me Khan. He was really a leader of the people.” Later, Sher Akbar Afridi took up textiles with his father and tried his hand at watches and other things. However, he did not get success here and after facing setbacks, he turned his attention towards car washing business.

After doing various jobs, Sher Akbar Afridi turned to tourism sector in 1998 and opened a travel agency.  Even after two decades, he runs this agency actively.  After reaching the office four times a week, he looks after the work related to this.  However, apart from this he also does social service.  He informed Khaleej Times about this,

After doing various jobs, Sher Akbar Afridi turned to tourism sector in 1998 and opened a travel agency. Even after two decades, he runs this agency actively. After reaching the office four times a week, he looks after the work related to this. However, apart from this, he also does social service. He informed Khaleej Times about this, “After the earthquake in Pakistan, I helped the victims. I have also helped thousands of prisoners in Dubai to reach their homes. Giving (to the society)… References to help In) is also necessary.”

According to the information available on the official website of the UAE Embassy, ​​an agreement was signed between the rulers of six emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Umm al-Quwain, Fujairah and Ajman), after which it was decided that this federation would be incorporated into the United Nations. Will be known as Arab of Emirates/United Arab Emirates.  It was officially established on December 2, 1971.

According to the information available on the official website of the UAE Embassy, ​​an agreement was signed between the rulers of six emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Umm al-Quwain, Fujairah and Ajman), after which it was decided that this federation would be incorporated into the United Nations. Will be known as Arab of Emirates/United Arab Emirates. It was officially established on December 2, 1971.

Published at : 16 May 2024 03:28 PM (IST)

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