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UAE judge pardons illegal resident because of his son's name

Ahmed Shaaban /Umm Al Quwain
Filed on December 10, 2019 | Last updated on December 10, 2019 at 06.33 am
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The Emirati judge also cleared him of his fines which amounted to Dh60,000.

To have a son named Zayed may sound regular elsewhere. But, here in the UAE, the case is completely different.

An Asian resident has known this fact for real.

Having been an illegal resident here for years, he was arrested by the UAQ police, and then referred to the public prosecution until he finally landed in court.

The man was shocked to find himself required to pay Dh60,000 in fines against his over stay.

But as luck would have it, he was to have a son whom he named after the late founding father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

The Emirati judge hearing the Asian father's case could not help but pardon the man and pay out all his due fines in recognition for the boy named Zayed .

"When it comes to Zayed, there is nothing impossible. You can only find bounty and generosity," the judge said.

"This is nothing but what we have learnt from the father of the nation, he added, while putting his scarf on the young Zayed. This is to celebrate the 48th UAE National Day," the judge added.

The Asian resident, who wished to remain anonymous, could not believe his ears. "I could not even dream of such a miracle," he said.

An eyewitness told Khaleej Times that "this is the first time in my entire life to experience an exceptional example of generosity and tolerance."

"This is  what we have learnt here from the children of Zayed, the father of the Nation."

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com

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Ahmed Shaaban

Originally from Egypt, I am a sound professional with a 23-year diverse experience as a researcher, lecturer, instructor, reporter, journalist, copy writer, translator, interpreter, proofreader, correspondent, and voice-over specialist with so many public and private entities in USA, UAE and Egypt. I have full command of all English and Arabic languages skills. I have a “Doctorate of Business Administration” degree, Swiss Business School. I have two Master’s degrees; one in Media Sciences, Mass Communication College, Cairo University, 2014, and one in Applied Business Research, Swiss Business School, 2018. I have a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Translation, Al-Alsun College for Languages & Translation, Ain Shams University, Egypt, 1996. I have three post graduate diplomas in Education, Curricula and Instruction, and Islamic Studies. I enjoy reading, writing and adventuring.


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