Dubai’s jobless take over Deira bus stand

DUBAI — The Diera Bus Station, once a beautiful and favourite haunt of families and children, has now become an eyesore with scores of unemployed persons virtually taking over the green lung.

By Ahmad Al Kabariti

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Published: Thu 21 Jul 2005, 10:20 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:51 PM

These job seekers usually lurk around shopping malls by day, and descend on the garden by night, and convert it into their sleeping quarters. Invariably, the nocturnal discussions these lost souls have end up in a brawl, or they wind up watching soccer on TV, creating nuisance to others.

Hajjy Dawlat, a 45-year-old Dubai Transport bus driver in Diera station, recalls how the garden used to be full of children and families enjoying the open, till about four years ago. Now, the garden has become home to the unemployed, he said.

'I used to chase away people who sleep on the wooden benches, their clothes blown away by the wind. I would splash water on their faces since there are some ladies too among the early morning commuters,' said Abdul Qader Mohie Al Deen, a cafetaria vendor.

Saad Salem, a Saudi Arabian tourist, who resides in a nearby hotel, said: 'The garden in its present form projects a wrong image of Dubai. Such people would be deported if they were to indulge in such things in Saudi Arabia.'

Assuring prompt action in the next few days, a police source said they would fight such negative influences by arresting and chasing away people who misuse public utilities.

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