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Meet the Indian-origin doctor who won Abu Dhabi Award

UTV | COLOMBO – “The UAE was not built on money but a vision [of Shaikh Zayed] and noble values! We came here to build this country based on that vision and values.”

Dr George Mathew, a UAE citizen of Indian origin who received the Abu Dhabi Award on Monday, summarised his experience of half-a-century in the UAE in two sentences as each encounter with his patients reminds him this fact.

“Your true self comes out when you are in pain. My conviction about the UAE and its people has come from my experience with reactions of Emirati patients when they and their loved ones are in pain,” he told Gulf News while narrating his experience since he reached Al Ain on May 30, 1967.

He said Emiratis are not at all aggressive when they deal with an adverse situation. “They have a balanced mind and they accept the reality.”

Dr Mathew said this capability reflects a society’s values. “Because this country was built by a great man’s [Shaikh Zayed] vision and noble values of this society,” said the doctor, who had the privilege to offer medical treatment to the late leader. (Courtesy – Gulfnews)

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