Expat Indians mark Independence Day in UAE

Expat Indians mark Independence Day in UAE

ABU DHABI/ DUBAI — Hundreds of Indian expatriates in the UAE thronged the Indian missions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai this morning to take part in the official celebrations of their home country’s 66th Independence Day.

By (Staff Reporter)

Published: Wed 15 Aug 2012, 3:09 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 1:02 PM

Though the morning celebrations were subdued due to the Holy Month of Ramadan, many Indians waving their national flag and wearing attires matching with the tricolour turned up in good numbers to attend the ceremonies.

Indian Ambassador to the UAE M. K. Lokesh unfurled the Indian flag at the Embassy of India in Abu Dhabi. The flag hoisting was followed by reading of the President’s Address to the Nation on the eve of the Independence Day and patriotic songs performed by school children.

In Dubai, nearly 500 Indians from different walks of life, including community leaders and some children attended the ceremony held at the Indian Consulate.

Consul General Sanjay Verma hoisted the tricolor and read out the excerpts from the President’s message. Diplomats from the mission unfurled the flag at prominent Indian associations in the Northern Emirates.

In his remarks, the Consul General addressed the Indian Community saying, “Your link with India is as much as it is mine and the Consulate’s staff and you are all India’s envoys.”

“It is an honour for me. I’m blessed because the community shares such a good chemistry with the Consulate. My job is easy because you make it easy. I felicitate many Indian associations for being agents of community welfare. Their duty towards the community is not just celebrating festivals, but they rise to the occasion when circumstances demand. The best for India is yet to come.”

The programme ended with patriotic songs sung by A.K. Bharadwaj, Consul (Passport) and Dubai-based artiste Shobana Chandramohan.


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