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Indian Association Ajman to open new premises on July 8

Vipul, Consul-General of India to Dubai, speaks at the Press meet to announce the opening of the community centre.
Vipul, Consul-General of India to Dubai, speaks at the Press meet to announce the opening of the community centre.

Dubai - Founded in 2000 with 50 founding members, Indian Association in Ajman now has a total membership of 700 members.



By Dhanusha Gokulan

Published: Tue 26 Jun 2018, 9:00 PM

Last updated: Tue 26 Jun 2018, 11:32 PM

With a built-up area of 20,000sqft, a community centre built over three-hectares of land is all set to open in Ajman, under the aegis of Indian Association Ajman. Named HH Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi Auditorium and Sports Complex, the Dh7-million facility in Al Jurf will officially open on July 8.
Founded in 2000 with 50 founding members, Indian Association in Ajman now has a total membership of 700 members. Land for the community centre was gifted by His Highness Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Member of the Supreme Council and the Ruler of Ajman, according to diplomats and association members.
The facility will be inaugurated by Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman; Navdeep Singh Suri, Indian Ambassador to India; Vipul, Consul-General of India to Dubai; Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, chairman, Ajman Municipality and Planning Department; and Yusuff Ali MA, chairman and MD Lulu Group International. Members of the association revealed that the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) donated Dh800,000 towards its construction. The Ind-ian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) and 40 community members and leading businesspeople in the UAE also made donations.
Hub for distress cases
Roop Sidhu, general secretary of the association, said: "We deal with cases of distressed Indians on a day-to-day basis. The most common issues we are approached with are the abandonment of seafarers, ill-treatment of maids, non-payment of salaries to workers, blood money payment, drug-related crimes, etc.
New facilities
The auditorium at the new Indian Association in Ajman centre has a seating capacity of 2,500 people and several modern amenities including a convenient boardroom, sports facilities such as swimming pool and sports table, lawn tennis, basketball court, and much more. A health club and fully-serviced restaurant are also in the works. The association charges a lifetime membership fee of Dh2,000.
dhanusha@khaleejtimes.com


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