Hossan Ramzy (Arabic: حسن رمزي) is an Egyptian merchant seaman, Niko Bellic's former shipmate and friend from the Platypus in Grand Theft Auto IV. In the game's introduction, he expresses a desire to "make a go of it" and enter the United States to live the American Dream. In an e-mail, Hossan says that he has jumped ship in Florida, and expects to reside there; but in reality, he still resides in Liberty City.
Niko meets up with Hossan in a Random characters in western Algonquin, where he works as a street vendor selling counterfeit purses and bags. During this encounter, he and Niko pursue and kill a man who refused to pay Hossan for his work due to his status as an immigrant.
Hossan claims in his e-mail that he jumped ship in Florida, despite the fact the Platypus is still docked in East Hook, and stays there for the entire game.
The names Hossan is an Anglicized form of the Arabic first name Hassan. Ramzy is correctly Arabic. An authentic rendering of his name would be Hassan Ramzy, although, Hossan could also be said as Hossam, which is another Arabic name.
His name may be a play on Hossam Ramzy, an Egyptian precussionist and music producer whose song "Khusara Khusara" was sampled in Jay-Z's "Big Pimpin'".
Like most characters in the game, Hossan will don a unique helmet when riding alongside the protagonist on a motorbike. His helmet is white.
During his random encounter he will tell you to walk with him to Castle Drive to collect his back pay but when the cutscene is done he will ask you to get a vehicle. This most likely to prepare you for the car chase as a car is needed otherwise you will fail the mission. (Reward for passing: $500)