In response to the rising cost of living, free hot bread distribution has been introduced in Dubai, a wealthy Gulf city where many people live in luxury apartments. The city, which imports most of its food, has been affected by the global trend of rising prices. Ten vending machines were placed in supermarkets last week, allowing customers to select from a variety of sandwiches, Indian-style chapatis, and pitta bread.
A vending machine accepts donations without payment using a credit card reader. Bigandar, who works at a car wash in Dubai and is from Nepal. Like millions of other Asian migrants, he had hoped to make a fortune in the oil-rich nation. He eventually decided to settle in Dubai, a city that has a reputation for being excessively wealthy.
According to the statistics center of Dubai, the food price index in July rose by 8.75 percent from the same month last year. The cost of transport also increased by 38 percent.
The bread machines are the initiative of a foundation set up by the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum.