Unlike most successful people, the thick foliage of materialism had failed, and outrightly so, to impair his vision of a principled journey. The positives of life were overflowing for him but he more than saw that they weren’t ever relished at ethical costs.
He had one steely resolve, the relentless search for active truth and the indispensability of that inestimable pursuit.
As an Emirati he ensured that no one was allowed to sell the nation’s pass and as a human being he ensured that no suffering man, who knew him, was ignored.
It’s not emotional fiction. It’s a heartwarming reality that his sons and daughters were forced to fight off their tears in order to console friends of the family who broke down on meeting them after destiny untimely took him away. That is the type of emptiness Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam has left behind. Exactly a year ago he left the known universe. He left us, but left us with a wealth of values. I knew him for twenty years, but that wasn’t enough.
A good number of visitors surprised his children with tales of indebtedness to Dr Abdullah. They were surprised because he had never talked about them. He never saw help as a favour.
That more than shows in his daughters and sons. They who knew him and know them know that. No big deal is ever made over a deal no matter how big that deal is.
The tragedy struck us in the morning, by evening the skies had dulled as hundreds had begun to flock to his beachside residence. The outpouring of feelings were deep and moving. The scions of Dr Abdullah, moored in the best of values, are not only bravely taking forward his wishes but with emulative results. They are undoubtedly competent enough and also fully grounded for that is the only way to maintain a steady flight.
The author joined the Dar Al Khaleej group in 1995 and is the Executive Editor of The Gulf Today.