Forty eight years ago, he arrived in Dubai from Sialkot in Pakistan. It was a cold, windy day. It was December 20, 1970, before the unification of the United Arab Emirates.
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The 71-year-old Pakistani expatriate came to the UAE at the age of 23, having completed his Bachelor’s degree in science.
“I came on a flight of the British Overseas Airways Corporation, that used to fly back then. Even the visa was issued by the British embassy. When I came to the UAE, it was very peaceful, there was no rush. At the time, there was only one highway. I joined Dubai Police on March 9, 1971, in the administration department and started working in the Naif police station. They then built the police headquarters and we shifted there,” Rabbani told Gulf News.
Almost half a century later, he is now retired and continues to live in the UAE with his family.
Rabbani’s connection with the UAE is also a connection he has had with Gulf News, being a subscriber of the newspaper for 34 years. From the laidback days of the 1970s to the hustle and bustle of today’s UAE, Rabbani has seen it all.
“After I joined Dubai Police, I saw all the changes that the UAE went through. Things started changing gradually and over time many improvements took place,” he said.
Hailing from the Pakistani city of Sialkot, Rabbani told Gulf News that even though his hometown was a lush green land, moving to the UAE was not a difficult transition.
“I would go to work early in the morning and come back at the end of the day. We would then shower, relax and then go outside for the evening. Because I had a few friends in the UAE, we would all sit together in the evening and spend hours talking,” he said.
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