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Minister lays foundation stone
By Jamil Khan August 16, 2017
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DUBAI: Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Youth, Culture and Social Development in the presence of Pakistani dignitaries has laid the foundation stone for Pakistan Centre – a first of its kind, not-for-profit medical centre in GCC which will be open to all nationalities –  at Pakistan Association Dubai on Monday night.

The event was marked to celebrate the country’s 70th Independence Day and organised by the Pakistan Embassy at the association in Dubai and attended by high-profile figures from Dubai government, Moazzam Ahmed Khan, Ambassador of Pakistan to the UAE, Syed Javed Hassan, Consul General, Dr Omar Al Muthanna, CEO of Community Development Authority, Saleh Al Mazmi, Head of Licensing CDA, Suhail Al Zarooni, Chairman of the Zarooni Foundation, a number of Pakistani businessmen and prominent community members from all over the UAE.

Sheikh Nahyan in his address said, “The association’s attention to the medical needs of the Pakistani community strikes me as being especially commendable. Today’s groundbreaking for the Pakistan Centre is a fitting tribute to the ideals of Pakistan on this seventieth anniversary of independence.”

He also added those pioneering Pakistanis who lived and worked in what is now the UAE had a fully justified sense of their own worthiness and thus founded this association in 1963.

“The successful relationship between our two countries contributes greatly to regional progress and stability. I am confident that the bonds between Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates will strengthen and that our two countries will move forward together toward a more peaceful and prosperous world,” he asserted.

Moazzam Ahmed Khan, Ambassador of Pakistan to the UAE, expressed deep gratitude at His Excellency’s gracing the event. He said, “UAE has been a trusted ally and a significant development partner. On our seventieth anniversary we reaffirm our commitment to peace, security, stability and continued prosperity to the UAE and to the Pakistan-UAE Friendship.”  He further added that PAD has shown excellent commitment through the years and has been an effective flag-bearer of the community and nation. They deserve all the appreciation and support.

Dr Faisel Ikram, General Secretary of PAD, expressed everything seems impossible until it’s done. “Pakistan was a dream come true and this project is our dream and God willing it will become the torchbearer for other communities.”

The construction cost of the Pakistan Centre will be Dh12 million which will take shape with the help of community members and would be completed in 18 months.

“This is a prestigious occasion and I congratulate my fellow countrymen on the laying of the foundation stone of a unique project. Together with the support of the community PAD will scale new heights and become a name of pride for Pakistanis everywhere,” said Dr Zia ul Hasan, President of Pakistan Association Dubai in his closing remarks.

Fifteen members of the Pakistani community were given awards by the Chief Guest for their exceptional service in the field of education, health, social development, business and banking, philanthropy amongst others. 

A photographic exhibition highlighting the decades-old friendship between Pakistan and UAE was also displayed which was highly appreciated by the visitors.

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