DUBAI - The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) reunited a young Pakistani driver with his parents after six years of separation.
Pakistani driver Tahir Ayoub was only 21 years old when he came to the UAE in 2012 to search for a better job and earn some income. He has been doing so without seeing his family, who reside in Peshawar in Pakistan, for the last six years, Khaleej Times has reported.
"I didn't have enough income to go home and see them. My mother always asked me to come home and get married, but I've been working to save up here," Ayoub, now 27, told *Khaleej Times*.
Knowing his parents were going to perform Umrah in Makkah, his employer at the Sharjah office arranged with GDRFA officials to help him reunite with his parents during their four-hour transit at Dubai International Airport before they took their connecting flight to Pakistan.
Under the supervision of Lt. Col. Ibrahim Hamad, director of passport control department, the team quickly arranged an appointment with the parents to see their son at a private hall in the passport control section of terminal 3. The meeting was set at 11:55pm, coinciding with International Happiness Day and the eve of Mother's Day.
Upon seeing his mother, Ayoub broke down in tears as they both emotionally embraced. "My mother has a very special place in my heart, and I couldn't help but cry upon seeing her. I had been upset I wouldn't spend Mother's Day with her but thankfully my wish to see her came true," said Ayoub, who now lives in Sharjah.
"You don't get to appreciate what your mother truly is until you don't have her around any more," smiled Ayoub as he recalled the incident.
He added, "I was so happy to see them, and they made a lot of prayers for me."
Meanwhile, GDRFA officials said those present in the hall teared upon watching the family's emotional reunion and the parent's embrace to their elder son who left six years ago to ensure a better living in UAE.