Dubai - Tributes pour in for veteran Indian social worker in UAE

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Aden - Yasmine El Tohamy - Nazar died at the Hospital early Sunday morning due to a heart attack.

Hundreds of Indian community members, businessmen and friends and family members of social worker Musliyar Kandy Abdul Nazar, popularly known as Nandi Nazar, came together to pay final respects to the veteran businessman and social worker.

Nandi Nazar, aged 61, died at the Dubai Hospital early Sunday morning due to a heart attack, according to community sources. He was admitted to the hospital on Saturday following complaints of chest pains. Born on January 1, 1958, Nandi Nazar would've turned 62 this New Year.

The news comes as a huge shock, especially for Indian social workers in the UAE. Community members gathered at the Medical Fitness Centre in Muhaisnah where a special memorial prayer was held for the deceased. His mortal remains were repatriated home to Calicut International Airport in Kerala early today morning at 2am.

"Nandi, originally from Koyilandi in Kerala, India, has been in the UAE since 1992," said Abdul Majeed Padoor, former president of Global Kerala Pravasi Welfare Association.

Nandi sent tonnes worth of relief materials to flood victims in Kerala during the devastating 2018 floods. "He has also helped several people during the UAE amnesty in 2018," he added. He was fondly called Nandi 'ikka', meaning older brother among Malayali Muslims, said Padoor.

Nandi's social commitment was evident with his launch of welfare groups Change a Life, Save a Life on WhatsApp where he and his associates helped hundreds of expatriates. He was a very vocal supporter of providing free repatriation services of mortal remains.

Vipul, Consul General of India in Dubai, said: "I am shocked to learn about the untimely passing away of Nazar Nandi today. He worked tirelessly for the welfare of the Indian community and was always ready to help people in distress. He would organise Iftars for the less fortunate during Ramadan and brought relief to many people during the Amnesty. I will forever remember him for his enthusiastic participation in the community meetings and open house in the consulate. We will miss him."

Social worker Naseer Vadanapally, along with two other social workers, completed Nandi's repatriation processes.

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