Kenyans in Dubai

I do not know the number of Kenyans living in Dubai right now, but as one of them, i also have done things am not proud of.
I have been appalled to find that there are more and more crimes done here from Kenyans and sometimes I feel embarrassed to say am from Kenya. We are now stereotyped to be criminals to the point it is very hard for some of us to get a residency visa. I know Kenyans are the most hardworking and smartest people around. I see Kenyans walking around, passing resumes and as soon as I greet them to know they are from where I am I feel happy and glad.
I try to help out my brothers and sisters with recruitment companies and job sites if they happen to be new in Dubai. As a Kenyan, i feel its is my duty and privilege to help others. And now am gushing.
We have now been portrayed as thieves, murderers and prostitutes. I cant tell you how many times I have gone to a pub and been refused entry. You cannot drink at home without a drinking permit thus the pubs and discos The first thing they ask is, “Are you Kenyan?” and I ask back, “why should that matter? I am here to enjoy a drink and go home.” only to get a very popular trademark answer, “you need a reservation to get into a pub.” First thought is, ‘is he serious?’ Honestly speaking, I have never been this profiled in my life. I have been called a nigger by the policeman only to have him have a case against me because I verbally told him to go and …. himself. I might have been wrong to do that but now I have a court date waiting for me. Who knows what will happen to me but the court will never believe me. I am sure about that. Dubai, is very racial and I have my other Kenyans and other countries who say the same. I am proud to be a Kenyan. I came here to study, work and go back home to do good for my country, but if this is how we are going to be treated, Dubai can keep its city and sky scrapers. I would gladly live in Bombolulu and the slums happy and proud any time.

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