Tehemten Homi Dhunjiboy Mehta, 97-year-old Indian-origin man in the UAE has got his driving licence renewed for the next four years. His licence is valid until October 2023. The long-time Dubai resident, who never married, last drove a vehicle in 2004.
He came to Dubai in 1980 and took up an accounting job at a five star hotel where he worked until 2002 when a routine background check of employees revealed his age and he was asked to put in his papers. According to Mehta, “Don’t tell anyone. It’s the secret of my robust health and long life. And yes, I don’t smoke or drink…I was 80 then with no family and nowhere to go so I dug into my lifetime’s savings and bought a one-bedroom apartment in the city to secure a life-long residency in the safe environs of Dubai”.
“If there were an old age home here, I would’ve happily sold my apartment and moved there to enjoy my remaining life to the hilt. Presently, I am living on a tight budget as I have had no income for 17 years. My finances are fast dwindling. The mandatory insurance cost also eats away my limited savings,” he said. “I return home around midnight and read the previous day’s newspaper or watch TV before going to bed at 4.30 AM. The proverb ‘early to bed early to rise makes a person healthy, wealthy and wise’ may work for most people but not for me,” he added.