A Scottish father to three daughters has been rescued from homelessness in Dubai by a group of expats who helped him with rent and gave him a can of Irn-Bru among other supplies, reports the Daily Record.
Malcolm David Faren, 63, from Dundee, was battling a court dispute which resulted in his passport being seized.
As a result he was unable to rent a property in the United Arab Emirates city and he was unable to work or leave the country.
But thanks to a group of British men, the homeless Scots dad has been sorted with a permanent accommodation.
Among those to help is Chris Bradwell, originally from Derby.
He told the Daily Record: “We’ve paid his outstanding rent and sorted him some cash for food.
“We are also trying to help with his legal issues with help from fellas in our British community of dads. Someone gave us clothes and a can of Irn-Bru – I’m not sure what made him more happy.”
Mr Faren’s daughters have since spoken of their relief after hearing about their father’s recent run into luck.
Malcolm’s daughter, Jasmin, 25, a law graduate living in Leeds, told the paper: “The amount of support has been amazing. It’s such a relief. I’ve been crying so much the last few days knowing he is safe.”
Issues arose for the former technology manager when he moved to the Gulf region with his family in 1995. His wife left to work in Qatar in 2011 and Mr Faren was made redundant which resulted in him living with friends.
When a pre-dated cheque for a full year’s rent bounced, Malcolm was jailed for nine months as debt is considered a criminal matter in UAE law. He was then forced to live on the streets.
According to the Daily Record the civil courts then ordered him to pay 100,000 AED (£20,500).
His daughters Jasmin, Stephanie, 30, and Sam, 35, said it will cost about £30,000 to cover their father’s the debts and get him home.
They have set up a fundraiser which has so far raised £2,000.