How happy a person feels when he remembers a beautiful era in his life. My memory goes back to three decades ago when I came from Kashmir with my husband on April 15, 1989. I worked as a doctor in the Corniche Hospital in Abu Dhabi from the second day of my arrival until today. I witnessed the birth of generations of Beautiful children receive life. I remember in particular how I once held the hand of a young mother while she was giving birth to her daughter, and the days passed and fate wanted me to witness the birth of that daughter while she was giving birth.
When I started working in Abu Dhabi I had not yet quit my previous job in my country, because I had only planned to stay a few years in the UAE with the intention of returning to my home country. Little did I know then that the United Arab Emirates would be my home for the next thirty-two years.
The door of the hospital where I worked witnessed my continuous and tireless entry and exit. Of course I had times when I felt tired and exhausted as life is, but I was overcoming this feeling by virtue of being on a humanitarian mission, and I didn’t even have a little time to waste!
When I think of leaving the Emirates, I find it very difficult. It is difficult to leave a country that embraced you and your family and made you feel as if you were in your true home surrounded by your family. I have worked with two generations of mothers, and today I help the girls I have already delivered. Many children who have seen the light of my hand still call me asking for advice and treating me as if I were a second mother to them. How can I leave my children behind?
When I look at these mothers, I see that despite the many changes that the United Arab Emirates has witnessed over the past three decades, whether social, economic or other, there are two constant factors that have not changed: the first is the values and traditions instilled by the late Sheikh Zayed “may God rest his soul”, in his people, and the second is the weather that we are used to! And while there is nothing to be said about the weather, it is fair to say that it was the love, care, values and traditions that both families and elders uphold and that represent what Sheikh Zayed planted in his people that made me feel at home, as if I were part of this big family which It always makes me feel comfortable and reassured that my two sons, Muhammad and Ammar, will never be alone.
It was not easy to raise two children and I am a doctor, a wife and a science student seeking to gain more qualifications at the same time. But how could I not improve my skills when I found the way paved for that, thanks to the wise leadership of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, and the encouragement of the Mother of the Emirates, Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, “may God protect her.”
One of the inspiring things that left a deep impression on me and gave me the motivation to work on developing my skills in order to be able to keep pace with the rapid technological developments and serve the UAE society, by assuming many teaching and mentoring tasks in the education sector as a gesture to return the favor, which is the wisdom that the late Sheikh Zayed said « May God rest his soul.” Once: “It does not matter how many facilities, institutions, schools and hospitals we build, or how many bridges we build, for all of these are material entities.. The true spirit that pushes progress forward is the human spirit, the capable man with his thought and his faculties.”
Erich Fromm once wrote that “People who can learn to love in a mature and conscious way understand that love is neither a possession nor a condition. Rather, love is a steadfast desire to promote the growth of all the people we love.”
Simply put, serving the people of this country as a doctor over the past three decades has been a feeling of unconditional love for me. As I think about my time in this country, and in the years to come, I feel that life is not about doing what we like, but about loving what we do.