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‘People who are unemployed, on a visit visa or whose visa has expired can come anytime to our restaurants in Muwaila and Sajah, Sharjah. We will give them free food. We don’t look at the nationality of the people in need or anything like that.’- said Shahid Asghar Bangash, owner of Karachi Star Restaurant. He said that mostly people from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Africa visit his restaurants.
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They do not impose any terms and conditions on anyone who comes hungry for free food. They can order any food that the restaurant makes that day. He said that a code word has been created for them among the restaurant workers so that others do not know that they are eating for free and do not hurt their self-esteem.
Shahid Bangash says that people come to the UAE in search of work, but not everyone is lucky enough to get a job. Many of them eat from their shop until they get a job. He said that they are fed three times a day for free and some have been eating here for a month or more. The owner of Karachi Star also revealed that his late uncle came up with the idea when he opened the first restaurant in Sajah area.
Fata Kawarah, a traditional Egyptian restaurant in Abu Hail, is another hotel that offers free meals to the poor. Earlier during the Covid period, Indian couple Shujaat Ali and his wife Ayesha Abrar distributed food to around 8,000 poor construction workers. Last year on the occasion of World Blood Donor Day, another restaurant, Yummy Dosa, was in the news for offering free food to blood donors to appreciate the selfless act of donors who help others by donating blood.
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