Every time we see an article on the newspaper or magazine, crying out loud about the plight of expats having to leave UAE broke, we feel sorry for the poor souls and assume that things will be fine with us.
Today’s gulf news, talks about 82 year old, Polish expat Teresa Godlewska, having spent 32 years in UAE and 45 years in the middle east, is leaving to Poland, with no money and or family to turn to.
Teresa Godlewska, an art consultant who came to the UAE 34 years ago, said: “I am embarrassed and ashamed that I am leaving this beautiful country as a destitute. I have spent 45 years in the Middle East, 34 in the UAE alone, and even if I had saved Dh100 every month, I would have had close to Dh1 million today. So as I say goodbye, I want to appeal to all expats not to make the same mistakes I have. Please, please save money for a rainy day or you will end up destitute like me.”
Many such expats like Teresa Godlewska, leave UAE broke every year, repenting on their spending habits and lack of savings discipline, and hoping to be saved by a miracle.
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