Dubai's poor: 'I can't afford to bring my family here'
3 November 2013 Last updated at 00:45 GMT
Dubai is known for its wealth but about one in six of its population lives on less than $20 a day.
Many of the city's poorest are self-employed and struggle to make ends meet.
Pakistani immigrant Mohsin Khan - who has been repairing shoes in Dubai for more than 45 years - told the BBC his story.
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