BR Shetty

My first day in UAE: ‘I landed in the UAE with $8’

It was may 3, 1973 – the day I will never forget in my life – when I landed in Abu Dhabi on an
Air India flight. I was a 29-year-old man who had only $8.

The day was a typical hot and sizzling Abu Dhabi summer day. I came out of the airport terminal building empty-handed as the Air India aircraft I flew with did not bring my baggage. So I had no clothes, shoes and other things I had brought with me.

My accommodation was arranged at a house in the Madinat Zayed area, in an old-style Arabic villa. The first thing me and four people staying there did was cleaning the sewage waste gathered in the house.

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