Sharjah-bound Keralites may get international driving licence

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Sharjah-bound Keralites may get international driving licence

Thiruvananthapuram - Kerala has also decided to give land to construct a UAE consulate.


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Published: Tue 26 Sep 2017, 6:40 PM

Last updated: Tue 26 Sep 2017, 11:15 PM

Recommendations for issuing an international driving licence to qualifying Sahrajah-bound Keralites was among those accepted in principle by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, who is on a visit to Kerala, according to a joint communique issued by Sharjah and the Kerala government on Tuesday night.
Setting up an Arabic study centre in Kerala and state chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan's suggestion to construct a family city and a Kerala cultural centre over 20 acres of land in Sharjah were among the other suggestions being looked at favourably by the emirate.
Of the 20 acres, 10 acres would be to set up a family centre containing apartment blocks beside a state-of-the-art hospital.

The proposed cultural centre would showcase various cultural aspects of Kerala and be a permanent venue for conducting cultural programmes and also an Ayurveda centre.

In order to see that the initiatives become a reality, a joint high-power committee of officials from Kerala and Sharjah will be set up soon.
As a token of the state's appreciation for the visiting dignitary, Kerala has offered land to construct the UAE consulate, which is currently housed in a rented building in the capital city.
The Sharjah Ruler, who is in Kerala since Sunday, has held two rounds of meetings with Vijayan. On Monday night, the state government hosted a dinner in his honour, which was attended by the cream of the society.
On Wednesday, he will be in Kochi to attend a private function being organised by the Middle East business honcho Yusuffali MA, and on Thursday he will leave for Jaipur.

Indians in the UAE comprise the largest chunk of the population, at over two million and are mostly from Kerala and other south Indian states. Indian migrants form over 17 per cent of the total population of the UAE.

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