Gold baron Firoz Merchant donates millions to free 900 Indians from UAE jails. Who is he?

Dubai-based Indian businessman, Firoz Merchant has donated a whopping amount of 1 million dirhams (approx. $272,000) to help Indians stuck in prisons across the UAE. Merchant, who is known for his philanthropy work, presented this amount as a payment for the fines imposed on prisoners for various reasons.

There are tens of thousands of Indians imprisoned in foreign jails in West Asian nations. In UAE alone, there are more than 900 Indian prisoners stuck in jails for years over alleged espionage, illegal immigration and other reasons.

Merchant wants to ensure that all Indian prisoners stuck in the UAE jail can be released and reunited with their families ahead of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

“Prominent Dubai-based Indian businessman and philanthropist Firoz Merchant of Pure Gold has donated close to Rs 2.25 Crores (AED 1 million) to ensure the release of 900 prisoners from jails across the Arabian nation,” said a statement from his office.

Firoz Merchant, 66, is an Indian businessman, based in UAE, who is known for his philanthropy work. He is the founder and chairman of Pure Gold Group and Pure Gold Jewellers. Pure Gold Jewellers is one of the most popular jewellery retailers with more than 120 stores across the Middle East.

He is a well-known industrialist in the Middle East and ranked No.26 on the Forbes Middle East List of Indian Owners 2014.

This is not the first time that Merchant has taken the initiative to free Indian prisoners. In the past, he had contributed towards correctional institutions to release prisoners belonging to various nationalities jailed in the UAE.

He has already paid 150,000 dirhams for the release of 132 prisoners from Ajman Central jail.

Merhcnat does all his philanthropy work under the aegis of The Forgotten Society initiative founded in 2008.

This year, Merchant has set a target to facilitate the release of more than 3000 prisoners. “I am grateful for the government officials’ support to help release prisoners,” he said.

Colonel Mohammed Yusuf Al-Matrooshi, Deputy Director of the General Administration of Punitive and Correctional Establishments, Ajman, said that it is rare to see such commitment and concern towards the rehabilitation of prisoners by giving them a helping hand.

The UAE authorities have recognised Merchant’s initiative, and his kindness, forgiveness and generosity have earned him accolades from senior government officials across the UAE.

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