Firoz Merchant, the Indian philanthropist donates Rs 2.25 Cr to free 900 prisoners in the UAE


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In a pre-Ramzan gesture, a UAE-based Indian entrepreneur and philanthropist has donated 1 million dirhams (approximately INR 2.5 crore) to ensure the release of 900 prisoners from jails across the Gulf nation. Firoz Merchant, 66, is the owner of Pure Gold Jewellers, donated the money to the UAE authorities, a testament to the holy month’s message of humility, humanity, forgiveness, and kindness.

“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.

Under the aegis of The Forgotten Society initiative founded in 2008, Merchant has already been instrumental in obtaining the release of 900 prisoners across the UAE since the beginning of 2024, including 495 prisoners from Ajman, 170 prisoners from Fujairah, 121 prisoners from Dubai, 69 prisoners from Umm Al Quwain and 28 from Ras Al Khaimah.

With the help of the Director Generals of Police at the Central Jails across the UAE, Merchant has already made possible the release of over 20,000 prisoners over the years from a wide range of denominations, nationalities, and religions. He gets their debt paid and donates funds for their air tickets to fly back to their home country.

Merchant says he began this mission keeping in mind the priority the UAE gives to tolerance to give a second chance for them to be reunited with their families.

He aims to facilitate the release of more than 3,000 prisoners in 2024. Merchant’s helping hand has been recognized by the rulers, also his kindness, forgiveness and generosity have earned him accolades from senior government officials across the UAE.

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