Dh1.1m DSF profit to upgrade
three Pakistani schools

DUBAI — Nearly Dh1.1 million from the earnings of the Pakistani community’s participation in the DSF will be spent this year on upgrading three Pakistani schools in Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah and Dubai.

By Mohammad Abdul Qudoos

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Published: Thu 27 May 2010, 9:20 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 3:46 PM

These community schools are managed by the Pakistan Consulate.

This was announced by M. Ismail Mughal, member of the finance sub-committee of the Organising Committee of Pakistani Community’s Participation in the DSF, in his report at their annual ‘Thank You’ event.

The Committee is headed by Consul General Amjad Ali Sher.

Pakistan regularly participates in the DSF. Its pavilion at the Global Village has won several awards over the years.

“The pavilion has continued to maintain its status as the ‘most visited pavilion’,” Mughal said.

Giving details, he said Dh700,000 was paid by the Committee towards the construction of the Pakistani school in Ras Al Khaimah.

In addition to this amount, Dh300,000 were donated by a Pakistani philanthropist for the school.

The Committee provided a school bus at a cost of Dh161,000 to the Pakistani school in Fujairah.

Further, Dh100,000 was given to the Pakistani school in Dubai for the construction of an additional block for the boys’ wing to cater for the increased number of students expected this year. Also, Dh100,000 was donated towards the construction programme of Pakistan Association Dubai.

A multipurpose community hall is under construction at the Pakistan Sports and Recreation Club, managed by the Association.

“The achievement was possible through budgetary control, successful marketing of pavilion stalls, democratic decision making, vigilance on costs, and dedication and support of the community and the consulate,” Mughal said.

Asim Hameed, director of Global Village, praised the community for its conviction to make their pavilion successful.

He said the pavilion has so far received four awards and it was among the top three in the last DSF.

Sher said that the pavilion in the previous 99-day Global Village had 98 stalls selling quality Pakistani products.

Its façade resembled the Lahore Fort and the construction protected shopkeepers and shoppers from the impact of the bad weather.

Regular cultural programmes were held at the pavilion, he said.

Pakistan Ambassador Khursheed Ahmed Junejo said that the Pakistani pavilion at the Global Village was helping promote the country’s culture in the multi-cultural society of the UAE.

“Spending money earned from the DSF on Pakistani schools is a positive achievement,” he noted.


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