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Pakistan Centre to cater to local expat community
BY JAMIL KHAN August 11, 2016
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DUBAI: The Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) has announced the details of “Pakistan Centre” a landmark project for the community to be launched on Aug.14, under the slogan one “one nation — one dream”.

The announcement was made in a press conference on Tuesday evening at the association by Dr Fauisal Ikram, General Secretary of the PAD, along with other office-bearers.

The Pakistan Centre will be equipped with a medical facility, gym, restaurant, offices block and masjid to cater the needs of the community based in Dubai. The project will be completed in 18-months with an estimated cost of Dhs12 million as the funds will be raised via the “Own a brick” initiative to gather 12,000 donors.

“The community will have a great chance to participate in this project by buying a brick and paying Dhs1,000 which will bring them various benefits besides the membership of the association.

“We need maximum participation from the community, and 10 people together could buy a brick for Dhs100 each,” said Ikram.

The project will be a non-for-profit centre and will be first-of-its-kind in the GCC countries by any expatriate community.

The ground floor will consists of office block, masjid and restaurant, on the first floor of the medical centre with facilities like the dental lab and laboratory, fitness and rehabilitation centre, meeting rooms, children play area.

The addition of these facilities will cater to social welfare needs of the community.

“We believe that the health of a community is directly related to the well-being of its communal health.

“Our community is fortunate enough to have many gifted doctors in all major specialties across the region.

“Hence with a firm commitment to accessibility and empowerment, the clinic is expected to open in eighteen to twenty months and will operate, six days a week, in the premises of the association,” he said.

The community development authority (CDA) and Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has already granted the approval while cooperation from Economic Department, UAE-Red Crescent and Dar Al Ber Society also sought for this project as higher officials from these will be attending the launching ceremony on Aug 14, the office-bearers told the media.

A social and recreational club is considered incomplete without a quality themed restaurant, children play area, health fitness areas, with modern and contemporary office block and meeting rooms.  All such facilities are part of the plan.

The formal launch of the project will be held on Aug 14, while the Chief Guest of the event will be Dr Abdul Bari Khan, CEO of Indus Hospital, Karachi.

Doctors, specialist from various prominent Dubai-based hospitals will serve in the medical centre while the fee will be nominal as the PAD working to launch health club membership for the community in the coming days.

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