AL-KHOBAR — Many expatriates who worked in Saudi Arabia for years in the past have not forgotten the good deeds and benevolent gestures of their former Saudi employers. They remain thankful to this day that working in this country changed their lives and their families for the better.
Arnel Villa, a 46-year-old Filipino, is one among the many foreign workers who always recalls that his achievements were possible only because of the genuine help and support he received from his former employer.
Villa worked in Al-Khobar for 16 years. For the first four years, he was employed at a large beach resort, and for the succeeding 12 year he was personal assistant to Sheikh Abdulmohsen Al-Moushegah, Chairman of the Al-Moushegah Group of Companies, one of the leading business organizations in the Eastern Province.
In 2009, Villa immigrated to Canada where he and his family are now residents. He has, however, not forgotten he help he received from Sheikh Abdulmohsen who treated him as a member of his family. He has maintained his ties with Sheikh Abdulmohsen even after leaving the Kingdom.
And to show his deep appreciation to Sheikh Abdulmohsen and his family, Villa has been spending the holy month of Ramadan for the last three years with Al-Moushegah’s family, rendering his personal services in any way he can.
“Baba Moushegah,” as Villa fondly calls Sheikh Abdulmohsen, “is a unique person who has a kind and caring heart for expatriates. I cannot repay him for what he has done for me and my family.”
“Spending the whole month of Ramadan with the Al-Moushegah family is an opportunity to look back for all the blessings,” he told Saudi Gazette.
Villa said until now Sheikh Moushegah is helping him out in many ways.
“Our family – my wife and two girls – is happily settled now in Canada, but we will never forget Baba Moushegah’s kindness.”