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Hussain Ahmad

Migration: The Arabian Gulf story

[Migrant laborers in Dubai. Image by Ross Domoney/Demotix]

When I arrived in the Gulf fourteen years ago, my perception of this region was the same as that of millions of other migrants, that this is a place where we can easily earn enough to achieve financial freedom. But over the years, a different gulf has been haunting my thoughts: that between expectations and reality. In other words, the fact that many who come looking for gold are having to satisfy themselves with coal. There are around twenty million migrant workers in the ...

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Hussain Ahmad


Hussain Ahmad is Chief Sub-Editor at The Peninsula daily in Qatar and formerly Features Editor with the Financial Express in Bombay. Hussain is currently writing a novel on the expatriate experience in Gulf Arab States.