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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid rewards Dubai ‘cat heroes’ with AED 50,000 each

Good deeds are rewarded. However, the four men, who had caught a pregnant cat as she fell 30ft from a balcony, didn’t expect it to be so soon.

Each of them has received an AED 50,000 reward from Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai.

Earlier, Sheikh Mohammed had tweeted, “Proud and happy to see such acts of kindness in our beautiful city. Whoever identifies these unsung heroes, please help us thank them.”

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The four people saved the cat by helping the animal jump on a sheet of cloth. Ashraf Blanza, a Moroccan national and a building guard, said he was attracted to the sound of the cat from the balcony of the second floor at around 8 in the morning. He attempted hard to ensure that it didn’t fall on the ground and was not harmed.

Atif Mahmud Nawaz Khan, a Pakistani national and a sales representative, was among the people who helped in the rescue as he was in the same street to deliver an order at a store. He said that he was overwhelmed with a sense of pride. Naseer Arakal Muhammad, an Indian national, and a driver, also helped out in the rescue.

Abdul Rashid Kotout, an Indian national, who made the video that drew the attention of the UAE ruler said he used to feed the cat daily and noticed that it was stuck in the balcony of the building opposite the store. He said he was relieved as he could feed her again. (AW)

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