Charity, as the adage goes, begins at home. A restaurant in Dubai has gone the extra mile in espousing a charitable initiative that will go a long way in advocating philanthropic values. The Kebab Shop that is located in the Dubai Silicon Oasis, has introduced free meals for job seekers who may be hungry enough to drop in for a meal.
The board placed outside the restaurant urges any unemployed person to avail themselves of a free meal. The board also stresses that it is not an act that should be perceived as an act of charity but rather a meal that can be paid for at a later stage when the person in question is financially more capable.
The owner of the restaurant, Pakistani-Canadian entrepreneur Kamal Rizvi, says that he started the initiative after an incident that played out at his place. Two friends who regularly visited the place had their routine disrupted when one of them lost his job and stopped the daily visits owing to financial constraints. Rizvi said that on knowing of the situation he encouraged the man to continue the friendly tradition and pay for the meals when he could.
The staff has been instructed not ask for any form of identification from people who want the free meal. All they have to do is point to the board and wait for the staff to hand them the meal. Rizvi says it gives him immense happiness and peace to adapt such a noble initiative.