Some photos circulating on social media are taken by an Iranian photographer, showing the horror and the dark side of Dubai, the stressful lives of South Asian workers who live to have a bright future and support their families.
However, they end up being sad with low pay and hard life working in harsh temperatures. The person who took the photos is Farhad Berahman.
The pictures were taken in Sonapur that is situated far away from the main city of Dubai at the border of the United Arab Emirates to show the horror and the dark side of Dubai. In the Hindi language, Sona means Gold and Pur means City- ‘the City of Gold’.
More than 150,000 laborers are living there and most of them are from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and China. Recommended: Do you know how much it costs to buy a property in the UAE?
In the old days, Dubai was a desert but it has shown great development and has been growing fast to become one of the main trading and visiting places for tourists. In Dubai, people belong to one of the three different classes;
- the first one is Emiratis
- the second one is the expats
- the third one is workers or low-class people
If you really want to see the dark side of Dubai, you need to explore the lives of this third category that are generally called workers.
Many people in Dubai do not have their passports with them. It is usually taken at the airport as soon they reach Dubai and then they are forced to work in the city for long hours in burning heat and they are paid low.
A 27-year-old worker is doing a job for the past 4 years as a sweeper and gets 800 AED (£139) per month from which he transfers 500 AED (£87) to his family to Bangladesh.
He also told that the workers are forced to work 14 hours daily and in summer the temperature reaches more than 50C to which they don’t show leniency.
On the other hand, normal citizens hardly stay out for 5 minutes in summers. Farhad visited the place where all these workers live and this is where the dark side of Dubai actually situated.
He said that the accommodation is 12ft by 12ft and contains six beds where six to eight workers are living. The food in the kitchen is usually cooked using gas cylinders in a very bad condition.
A Chinese worker showed Farhad a message which he has subjected to his company demanding them to pay his salary for 4 months and let him go home because his contract was finished.
Nobody knows the dark side of Dubai where workers are facing a lot of problems because it is out of sight from media.
When Farhad decided to take the photos, he did not get authorization because these places are banned from the public and the UAE does not want to show this dark side of Dubai to the outer world.
He captured the photos at night when it was easier to hide from security. When he started meeting workers, he came to know that they feared him in the beginning.
They thought that he was an agent of the government. Farhad said that these photos will speak for themselves; there is no need of explaining these photos.
These photos will make people think about what is going on around them and will encourage them to help the suffering class.
Some people would think that the workers in Saudi Arabia are also living in a similar situation but it is not true. Actually, the rent in Saudi Arabia is 4 to 5 times lower than Dubai so people have more space to live.
Source: Daily Mail