Arun Pullikkottu Eapen (inset) during a video conference with Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid (right).


Indian nurse praised by Sh Mohammed bin Zayed reveals abandoned Europe dream


ABU DHABI – Praised by no other than Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince, an Indian nurse working in the UAE’s frontline against Covid-19 revealed that he made the right decision to give up his European dream to work in the UAE instead.

Arun Pullikkottu Eapen, 34, was part of a video conference with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on May 13.

Sheikh Mohamed thanked Eapen and all frontliners helping the UAE fight the pandemic.

“It was a blessing from God a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Eapen told WAM. “You don’t know when and how God’s blessings come. It is everyone’s dream to have a conversation or meet with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed.”

He called it a “touching” experience. “I never expected that he would be asking about my family. I felt he is a wonderful leader. How humble he is! His Highness is a role model for any other leader,” Eapen said.

He said he had become a “celebrity” after the video of this conversation with Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed. He admitted watching the video “several times”.

Eapen works as acting nursing supervisor at Al Rahba Hospital in Abu Dhabi where he lives with his wife and their two children.

His journey to the UAE started 10 years ago, when he had a life-changing interview with Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) for a job as staff nurse.

When he got the job, he said he “dropped my IELTS preparations and European dream forever”.

“The experience during the interview gave me a gut feeling that I would have a bright future if I worked with them,” he explained.

He has since climbed up the ranks to become acting nursing supervisor. He said colleagues who have left for Europe have asked him if he was going to make the move.

“I told them I would work here only and my next destination would be my own native place, not anywhere else,” said Eapen, who hails from Kerala. WAM/ICA/Expat Media

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