Bangladeshi expatriates celebrate Victory Day

ABU DHABI — Members of the Bangladeshi community in the UAE celebrated their country’s 40th Victory Day at an official event held at the embassy here on Thursday.

By Anwar Ahmad

Published: Sat 18 Dec 2010, 12:34 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 1:56 PM

Bangladeshi Ambassador to the UAE Mohammed Nazmul Quaunine hoisted the national flag and paid homage to the martyrs, as students of Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Bangladesh Islamia School sang patriotic songs.

Special prayers were held for the martyrs of the War of Liberation, and for peace and prosperity of the country.

The ambassador urged the community to contribute to the development of their country and abide by the UAE’s rules and regulations, which has “given us the opportunity to work in a friendly environment”.Explaining about the Victory Day, he said on December 16, 1971, Bangladesh emerged as an independent country after nine months of bloody war, in which thousands of soldiers were martyred. On the occasion, cultural programmes will be held in Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah till tomorrow. Bangladeshi Minister for Information and Culture Abdul Kalam Azad arrived in the UAE recently to promote these events and be a part of them, the ambassador said. A cultural troupe of 20 people arrived from Bangladesh for the occasion.

Talking to Khaleej Times, the ambassador said, “Bangladeshis form a strong community of around 700,000 people in the UAE and their remittances amounted a whopping $1.7 billion in 2009. We hope that it would be the same this year too.

“In 2009, the bilateral trade between Bangladesh and the UAE was $300 million, one-way trade from our country to the UAE was $50 million. This amount is very less; we are striving to increase this.” —

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