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Businessman caught in cleaner's garb

By Diaa Hadid, Staff Reporter
Dubai: A businessman has found himself in deep water after he was caught working as a freelance cleaner by labour inspectors.

The Indian man came on a businessman’s visit visa in 2004, sponsored by an Ajman-based factory. But in January, Labour Ministry inspectors found the man working as a cleaner.

The inspectors reported that the man had said he paid Dh5,000 for the visit visa. He charged Dh500 a month to clean offices.

One official said while they caught many people working on visit visas, "a businessman working as a cleaner is funny".

The company where the man was cleaning denied hiring him, leading the matter to court.

Labour officials did not know if the Ajman-based factory was under investigation for selling visas. They said they had no jurisdiction over companies selling visit visas, just work permits.

The Labour Ministry has attracted unusual cases in the past. They include a former sponsor who wanted to sue a former employee, accusing him of working for a competitor.

In fact the man used to work in a restaurant before starting a new life as a shepherd in Al Ain.