Life in Gulf & relation to Coastal Karnataka

November 19, 2020

Gulf is a word which I believe everyone has heard about. Gulf countries are the Middle East countries which falls in Asia continent. It has the nearest relationship towards our Coastal Karnataka. When I was a teen, I heard much of gulf and I too was determined of flying to gulf and worked for it and finally in 2007 flew to the UAE.

In the early 20 decades there was not much development in these countries and they required huge manpower from various countries especially from India. People used to come here with lot of dreams of earning a lump sum and be a backbone for their family by leaving them in their home country.

It is of course agreed that gulf has given its highest contribution towards the development of our coastal Karnataka (Particularly Mangalore and Udupi). The earnings here are much better compared to the native. Hence the earned was sent to the motherland and people reached to the required extent in their financial condition. It is not only dedicated to the family rather to the outside source like financial help towards the building of religious organizations, worship places, study centers etc.

Even though we feel proud and joy being in gulf, however, a huge sacrifice is involved in the context. First of all an individual leaves his family for their welfare and benefits. The life here is pretty tough. Normally a person has to work here for minimum 10 hours to maximum upto 14-16 hours depending on the position and condition of the situation. The period between June to September is severely hot with a humidity of 90 percent on some of the days. People get completely wet with their dress and at the end of the day we can see salt on the coverall. Reaching for work spot at 7 am and have to get up at 5.30 or 6 am and reach the home back at 7 or 8 pm. Immediately he has to cook, wash, bathe and ready the tiffin and lunch for the next day and by the time doesn’t stand before 10 pm.

If I could explain briefly about the UAE where I reside currently, it is a beautiful Arab country. Islam is the official religion and Arabic is the official language. However, they have given freedom for all religions. We can do anything here which should not harm others or to the rules of the country. The estimated population here is one crore out of which 15 lac are locals and the others are outsiders. The resource here is the crude oil and tourism and main employment source is construction. UAE is built with its seven emirates with seven different rulers. UAE was independent on December 2, 1971. The currency is Dirham and general time zone is +4.00. Driving side is right and the calling code is +971. The distance is 2600 km from Mangalore to Dubai. The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest tower in the world and Dubai International Airport is the second busiest and largest Airport in the world where per day 1200 flights fly over to 120 destinations.

Currently job opportunities have slowly decreased and plenty of manpower has reduced due to the economic crisis and major issues with the company for the few who are having employment. Working in such an environment is really an achievement and sacrifice and a big salute to the Gulf employees.

In our childhood if anyone was arriving from the Gulf, we would look up for some chocolates, toys and the joy was awesome when it came to the hands. I used to get this from my few relatives, neighbours and presently I do the same with the kids at my native.

Well education provides better opportunities in the Gulf for the present youth. There is a better future hidden in these countries and need to achieve for it to get. There is a privilege of staying with family too if both works and can be a savings.

Finally hereby conclude that dedication is the most the thing and we really achieve it.

Let us build up a good family, good society, good nation either here in Gulf or in native country and be a role model. God Bless you all!





By Roshan D’Souza
Roshan D'Souza is from Mangaluru, works in UAE as a clerk. His interests are reading and writing.
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Comment on this article

  • Roshan Dsouza, Dubai

    Fri, Nov 20 2020

    Thank you all for your encouragement, love, support and prayers to write more articles.

  • Stan Teo, mangalore

    Fri, Nov 20 2020

    Good Article Roshan . This is my 37th years work experience and still going on. Initially people struggle a bit but later people will settle with reasonable jobs and salaries. Gulf people have well contributed back support to the families to come up as well as society .Arabs are very kind people and No comparison with any other countries as its my own experience by visiting 40 + countries.

  • Maria Dsouza, Mangalore/ Jeddah

    Fri, Nov 20 2020

    Hello Nr Roshan. Thank you very much for this nice and article full of facts. The life here is not easy but the sacrifice which we make for our family is great. Let us hope and pray that gulf countries will continue to give opportunities to many more people now and in d future. One more point I would wish to add to your article is that, the place where I work and live, the citizens are just amazing and very kind and helpful to us. God bless us all🙏💐❤

  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi / New York, USA

    Fri, Nov 20 2020

    Roshan D'Souza, I have no words to express on your mind-blowing article. It is full of facts. truth, and also how people in the Gulf are working hard to make a better life. I too worked for several years in Dubai (UAE) and then migrated to New York with my wife, daughter, and son. But there was a vast difference working in Gulf countries and USA. This article should be read by all especially who are working in Gulf.

  • John B. Monteiro, Bondel Mangalore

    Fri, Nov 20 2020

    Very educative against the background that many think all is hunky dory working and living in the Gulf.

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