Many expatriates come and go from the UAE, but only a few of them like nurse Arun Eapen hold an emotion to call the country their second home.
An expatriate in the UAE since ten years, Arun has been working round the clock for a designated Coronavirus hospital in Abu Dhabi, in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, and was hosted by the capital’s Crown Prince, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on his virtual majlis to share his experience as a frontline worker.
UAE over ‘European dream’
Contemplating between moving to Europe or the Middle East, Arun says he prepared for his IELTS examination before moving abroad until he attended a staff nurse job interview in Chennai ten years ago. It wasn’t until his selection when he decided to give up his ‘European Dream’ and move to Abu Dhabi and work for Al Rahba hospital.
Arun’s success in the UAE followed with getting promoted to as a charge nurse, clinical nurse coordinator, acting manager of the emergency department and the acting nursing supervisor. He says a lot of his colleagues moved abroad for work, but it didn’t bother him because he stood firm to either reside in the UAE or back home.
“Some colleague asked me, ‘Why don’t you go like that?’ But I did not have a second thought. I told them I would work here only and my next destination would be my own native place, not anywhere else.”Arun Eapen
“Prepared to meet any sort of emergency” regardless of Coronavirus
Meanwhile, Arun was received with praise and admiration by Sheikh Mohamed on his virtual majlis. The 34-year-old says he’s prepared to face crises, after being trained as “emergency nurse.” He also says nurses are often exposed to infectious diseases, to which they “take enough precautions and follow standard protocol.”
(Featured photograph credit: WAM)