Emirati Behind Famous Chinese Pagoda-styled Villa Dies at 96

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Zakaria Khalid Ibrahim Doleh’s funeral was held at Al Quoz cemetery on Sunday (August 20). ARCHIVE

Zakaria Khalid Ibrahim Doleh, the popular Emirati businessman and the man behind the red-roofed Chinese Pagoda-styled villa in Dubai, has died at the age of 96.

Doleh died on Saturday (August 19). His funeral was held at Al Quoz cemetery on Sunday (August 20).

Zakaria’s family said in a statement, “A kind and peaceful soul has ascended to heaven. With heavy hearts, we bid farewell to our beloved father, Zakaria Khalil Doleh. He remains an inspiration and guiding light to us all.”

Ranya Doleh, his daughter, described her father’s death as peaceful, saying, “His life was a tribute to truth, honor, family, and country. He filled our lives with strength and support. His absence will be deeply felt, and our gratitude will endure.”

Zakaria was remembered by a family friend as a man who was full of life. “He swam in the open sea every day for an astounding 70 years and built one of Dubai’s most enchanting houses. Amidst the city’s architectural marvels, Zakaria’s creation truly shines,” his friend said.

The red-roofed Chinese Pagoda-style villa in the Al Bada’a neighborhood is a reflection of Zakaria’s unique, warm and welcoming, and meticulous nature. The family has reportedly turned down multiple offers to sell the home, saying they are firm in preserving its history. JG/Expat Media

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