Updated: Apr 27, 2020

Dear reader,

I’d like to welcome you to my page and share with you a little peace of heaven I’m living in.

Born and raised in Dubai, I was used to the universe of globalization and being a citizen of the world from a tender age. Living in a city where 200 nationalities live in harmony has had its immense effect on me as a local and the way I was brought up; to have an open mind and a tolerant soul towards other cultures while still maintaining my own heritage and having respect to my origin. Dubai isn't only a hub for richness but also a very fertile ground to philanthropy and volunteer work.

I am a physical therapist by trade and although the market for Emiratis of my profession is vast open and is in high demand; I chose to work in an institute where I don't get paid a dirham because I believe that giving is the greatest payment anyone could ever offer me. I walk every morning into the center I was so lucky to be trained in during my time in college and I can't help but thank the Lord for blessing me enough to work with children of determination; that's what we call children with special needs in my country and trust me, I learn something new from those children every day. Their perseverance and determination in spite of their disabilities, waking up every morning with the biggest smiles, going through the troubles of daily activities is outstanding, astonishing and miraculous.

This all wouldn’t have been possible without the constant support of the leaders in my country and them leading us by example. Philanthropy and volunteer-culture is a big part of the United Arab Emirates’ society and giving back is not only a duty but also a lifestyle.

In conclusion, you might wonder why am I doing this? The answer is simple; I just don’t want to wake up one day when I’m sixty or seventy and feel like I’ve wasted my youth running after materialistic things and trying to get the fattest paycheck, instead I would like to invest in my character and push myself to the limit so that one day I could look back, smile, and appreciate the time I took from life to learn and prosper as a human being.

Seham Ahmed AlMarzooqi Volunteer Physical Therapist for non-for-profit Organization.