UAE: Community mourns death of well-known philanthropist

From helping people find accommodation to providing food, Abdul Khaliq Golandaz has been a source of light to many



By SM Ayaz Zakir

Published: Fri 21 Jan 2022, 5:11 PM

Last updated: Fri 21 Jan 2022, 10:27 PM

Abdul Khaliq Golandaz, renowned for his philanthropic efforts in the UAE, died at Burjeel Hospital in Sharjah late Thursday night after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Condolences have poured in from across on the world on social media. Many highlighted Golandaz's social service, generosity and humanitarian work.

"He always helped others until the end, seamlessly and endlessly," said a person who knew him but wished to remain anonymous.

Golandaz, hailed from Gujarat, in India and before coming to Dubai in 1982, he worked as the Area Manager of Travel Corporation (India) based in Agra. He later worked for Galadari Brothers in Dubai for a short time.

He was accorded a ‘Roll of Honor’ by the Citizens of Agra for his sustained philanthropy, tourism development, and for being an ardent patron of cricket in the region.

Golandaz’s obsession with social service commenced from his college days when he devoted his time to serve the underprivileged community in Mumbai. He further worked as a volunteer with the Haj Committee of India.

He thus carried forward the legacy of his grandfather, who was the recipient of the rare George Cross award given by the British Empire.

Residing at Al Azra in Sharjah, Golandaz was a known and reputed figure in the expatriate and local Arab community across various echelons.

He was considered a good Samaritan among many who came to the UAE in search of jobs. From helping people find accommodation to providing food, Golandaz has been a source of light to many, especially the underprivileged.

"Golandaz saab was at the forefront to provide any sort of aid to jobseekers, labourers and underprivileged people," said Azeem, who moved to Dubai in 2004 and now holds a senior position at a private firm.

A man at the funeral told Khaleej Times that Golandaz was "a larger than life figure".

"He, during his life, has been like a big banyan tree that gave shade to thousands of people who came across him through his tireless, selfless help and knowledge along with kind words of hope," he said.

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Hundreds of well-wishers were present at his funeral prayers and burial at Sharjah Graveyard.

Abdul Khaliq Golandaz is survived by his wife, sons Saleem Golandaz, Kalim Golandaz, Fahim Golandaz, Naeem Golandaz, and daughters Zakera Khan, Sabiha Kazi and Fauzia Golandaz.

ayaz@khaleejtimes.com


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