He was a young man donning branded jeans, an attractive T-shirt and an expensive-looking backpack. He wore an eye-catching goggle.
He walked along the famous Al Wahda Street of Sharjah and as he reached a place where some dustbins were lined up, he casually dug out used soft drink cans from the garbage containers, crushed them under his feet, thrust them into his backpack and moved on as casually as he walked. Obviously, he was picking them for resale.
The onlookers stared in amazement.
Well, I told you that many UAE residents are facing rough weather thanks to recession. See what the National newspaper has carried as a lead story today.
Headline: One in 10 residents have lost their jobs.
According to a poll conducted by YouGov, one in 10 people in the UAE say they have lost their jobs in six months. Almost half say their companies have trimmed workforce and a quarter say colleagues have been asked to take unpaid leave.
The hardest-hit sectors were construction and property. According to the paper, 90 per cent surveyed say they felt there was a lack of transparency in the UAE about the current financial situation, a concern felt most widely among westerners (97 per cent).
Am I sounding worried and negative? No, I am perfectly cheerful and confident of moving ahead. Only thought I should share with my friends, youuuu, the reality.