Every evening as Dubai’s brilliant sunshine begins to soften, the sandy field that sits between the Jumeira Emirates Towers and the Al-Satwa district becomes alive with youthful cries of exuberance.

It is here that three or four dozen groups of young men, the majority of them from Al-Satwa’s Pashtun community, gather to play cricket. Like the majority of people living in Dubai, they are part of the migrant worker system. Some have been here for years while others have only just arrived.

While Al-Satwa is home to people of many nationalities – Indians, Bangladeshis, Pakistanis and Phillipinos – most remain concentrated within their own areas, with each group etching out a sub-culture of their own within the desert kingdom.

This series follows the daily life of Muhammad Yaseen, a delivery driver originally from Kohat in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkwa province, and offers a glimpse into the life of the Pashtun community.




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