Indians celebrate R-Day in Dubai

DUBAI - Indian blue-collar workers were once again invited to participate in the celebrations of the country's 55th Republic Day anniversary by the large expatriate population in Dubai.

By Debasree S.

Published: Sun 25 Jan 2004, 12:16 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:29 AM

The celebrations organised by the Indian Consulate-General of Dubai and coordinated by the Indian Association Dubai (IAD) at the Al Ahmadiya grounds in Al Aweer on Friday saw 4,000 workers from different companies like Al Ahmadiya Contracting, Emirates Contracting, Arabtech and Wade Adams joining in the fun.

The enthusiasm among the workers was evident, as they kept up the momentum of the programme right from 11 am when the cultural programmes started, often joining in the dancing and singing.

The programme was attended by the Indian Consul-General, Yash Sinha, who praised the workers on their good work.

"You are our real ambassadors who are keeping the country's flag flying high in a foreign country," he said in his speech.

This was the second time that the blue collar workers were invited to a special programme by the Consulate to commemorate the country's Republic Day. The first programme was initiated by the Consulate-General last year.

There were also 30 student volunteers from the Indian High School Dubai, Our Own English High School, Dubai, and Gulf Indian High School who helped in packing the lunch-boxes and distributing them to the workers.

The surprise feature of the programme was the raffle draws. Every 30 minutes workers stood a chance to win a grand prize like free air ticket to India, a television set, gold etc.

The various cultural programmes performed by schoolchildren and the different Indian cultural associations were a special highlight that entertained the workers throughout the day.

In the evening the spotlight turned to the 57th Republic Day celebrations at the Shaikh Rashid Auditorium of the Indian High School, Dubai, organised by the IAD that was attended by the Indian Consul-General as well as visiting Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Tarlochan Singh, Chairman of the Minorities Commission.

K. Kumar, President of the IAD, said that the Republic Day is one of the key national events that are celebrated with fervour.

He also recalled with reverence the role of India's national leaders who had given up their lives during the freedom war.

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