Historic Book ‘Pearls of Dubai’ Presented to Shaikh Hamdan

DUBAI - “Pearls of Dubai — Indo Arab Relations 1900-1958” — a compendium of fascinating stories of those early settlers of the Indian community and a work that chronicles the development of the strong relationship enjoyed today between Dubai and the Indian community was presented to Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Minister of Finance and Deputy Ruler of Dubai, by Deepak Vijay Bhatia, Managing Director of Uncle’s Shop, and key architect and brains behind “Pearls of Dubai”. The book cherishes history from the early 1900s.

Congratulating the “early settlers” from the Indian community after presentation of the book, Shaikh Hamdan said that “today, the Indian community still plays a vital role in the economy of Dubai, throughout all our industry and services and in supplying essential manpower. The people of Dubai value their contribution to our development and can be assured of our commitment to them, calling on their talents and expertise for the continued development of Dubai.”

Bhatia thanked Shaikh Hamdan for supporting him in making this project a success.

According to Bhatia, the idea was developed into recording the life and history of Indians who arrived here during the time of the late Shaikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, late Ruler of Dubai (1912-1958).

“Everyone has contributed to building strong bonds that tie India and Dubai today”, says Bhatia.

“Everyone needs to be remembered for his contribution and what better way than recording their history in one book within the right perspective and context,” added Bhatia.

The idea of the book also originated during the time of Asoke Mukerji who was then the Consul General of India in Dubai during the period 1998-2001.

Complimenting Deepak for his outstanding work, Mukerji said in a message, “meeting him, and many others like him, who were either the first-generation Indian Traders in Dubai or their descendants, I was awed by their sheer determination to survive in a foreign land, particularly at a time when the modern-day amenities were unheard of.”

“The place is close to my heart like my forefathers,” Deepak concluded.

The book also traces the origin and existence of many success stories of leading Indian families and entrepreneurs / traders who were early settlers in Dubai.

In essence, the book focuses the Indo-Arab relations during the early period of 1900-1958. The book also reverts to the Indian Currencies and the Postal History used in Dubai during the period of 1910-1958.

The book will be available for sale at all the leading book stores around the UAE.

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