Housemaid strikes gold in Dubai Metro


By Dhanusha Gokulan (Reporter )/Dubai

For Dubai resident Shanti Rabin, a housemaid, bagging a 50-gramme gold coin for travelling in the Metro is “like a blessing from God”.

Shanti Rabin (Photo by Rahul Gajjar)
Shanti Rabin
(Photo by Rahul Gajjar)

“I got this for travelling in the Metro … This is truly a blessing. I am very excited and happy about this victory,” she said.

The 54-year-old has been working as a caretaker for an Arab family in Dubai for the past 22 years. “I have three children who I single-handedly raised from the income I made from my work in the house … Today, they all have jobs here in Dubai,” said Rabin.

After finishing work at her sponsor’s house in Hor Al Anz, Rabin often travels to different places in the city to meet her friends. She would use the Dubai Metro, buses and other modes of public transportation to reach her destination. The mother of three, who hails from the south Indian city of Tanjaavur, has also adopted a grandchild for one of her daughters.

“In the process of travelling in and around the city, I collected several points on my Nol card,” said Rabin. “I am very grateful to my sponsors who gave me the freedom to travel across the city once I inished my work … I can proudly say that I know the Dubai Metro inside out.” More info