Bukhari visits labour camp, vows to resolve community issues

•January 29, 2019 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | SHARJAH

Two prominent members of Pakistan’s ruling party who are close to Prime Minister Imran Khan attended a number of engagements in Dubai to promote the country’s policies to motivate overseas community members, with the upcoming 4th edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) being held in the UAE.
As part of a number of community interactive sessions, Zulfi Bukhari, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resource Development, visited Omron Labour Camp in Dubai. This was his second visit to a labour camp in the region. The arrival of the Pakistani Minister proved to be a pleasant surprise for Pakistani workers.
Bukhari went inside the labour camp and personally asked individuals about the facilities that were being provided and about the problems that they had been facing.
On this occasion, he said that Pakistani expats are the most valuable asset of our country. Noticing the smiling faces he said, “If my visit can bring smiles on their faces, I will visit every labour camp to meet every Pakistani worker anywhere in the world.”
Bukhari also said that “we are running a campaign to create awareness about sending money through legal channels and about the benefits that Pakistan can reap through such process. Every worker or businessman who lives and works outside Pakistan will have to play a part in bringing about the change we have envisioned for Pakistan.”
On the occasion, a musical night was organised by the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) to entertain Pakistani workers. The evening was also attended by Moazzam Khan, Ambassador of Pakistan to the UAE.

Promoting PSL
Fawad Chaudhary, Federal Minster for Information and Broadcast and Zulfikar Bukhari are being visiting community in UAE to promote the upcoming 4th edition of the PSL. In another meeting held with the participation from different segments of the Pakistani community residing in Dubai and other Emirates, the visiting ministers stressed to promote the Pakistan Premier League (PSL) as a country’s prominent brand in the UAE.
The Pakistan Super League, a franchise Twenty20 cricket league established by the Pakistan Cricket Board in 2015 and the tournament is scheduled to be played from 14 February till 17 March 2019, with a total of 34 matches.
This year with the participation of a number of prominent musical performers will be one of the biggest opening ceremony of the tournament which is scheduled to take place before the first match on Feb 14 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
“We are working together with prominent Community members to make PSL as Pakistan’s number one brand and also put our all efforts in this regard so every expat community members would proud of it,” said Irfan Awan, president PTI Dubai. The event was also attended by top businessmen, professionals and party supporters.
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Fawad Chaudhry Press Conference

•January 28, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Govt on right track to achieve its targets, says Pak information minister

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

Pakistan is playing a vital role in the Middle East politics due to the sincere efforts initiated by Prime Minister Imran Khan as he has devised policies focused on the strengthening of bilateral relationships with UAE, Saudi Arabia and other major players in the region. The Pakistan government is on the right track to resolve economic and other issues like security, strengthening the overall structure of government departments and chiefly improving the lives of common citizens.
This was stated by Fawad Chaudhry, Federal Minster for Information while addressing a press conference at Pakistan Consulate in Dubai on Sunday. During his press conference which started over an hour late as scheduled, he touched a number of topics to brief local media. He was also accompanied by Ahmad Shami, acting consul general and other officials besides a large representation of local media.
“The current Pakistan government led by Imran Khan has been successfully playing its role wisely in the regional and international politics. The UAE has extended a huge support towards Pakistan in various fronts like Taliban negotiation, releasing financial support and others while Saudi government is setting up Asia’s second largest oil refinery in Pakistan while we are also fulfilling our part to bring GCC countries closure,” he said.
He also praised the local leadership and highlighted the bilateral relationships between the UAE and Pakistan.
He claimed that there was hardly any issue in Pakistan for Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) government from the local political parties as both major party leaders – Nawaz Sharif of PML-N and Asif Ali Zardari of PPP – have been facing cases under process in various courts.
Related to overseas Pakistanis and their problems, Chaudhry said that the visa-related issues associated with labourers have been resolved with Saudi government as measures also accelerated to benefit Pakistanis in Gulf prisons.
“The huge number of overseas Pakistanis in UAE and Saudi Arabia have been contributing to the national exchequer through their remittance and soon we are going to announce further details of the dollar-denominated diaspora bond – Pakistan Banao Certificate (PBC) – to encourage overseas community members to save in these bonds and play their role in building the country’s foreign exchange reserves,” he said.
To another question related to construct 5 million houses across Pakistan announced by Imran Khan, he said, “The federal housing ministry has been working on this as soon three schemes will be announced by the provincial government of Punjab. We are going to incorporate overseas Pakistanis in every housing scheme as they are our asset and a major part in the country’s foreign exchange reserves.”
He exhorted community members to send money through legal channels and not through ‘hundi’ and ‘hawala’.
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Pak’s new CG to assume office in Feb

•January 24, 2019 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

The Pakistan Consulate in Dubai and Northern Emirates will be getting a new Consul General. The post is currently being headed by the Head of Chancellery.
Ahmed Amjad Ali, the new Consul General, will resume his duties next month, replacing Javed Hassan who has completed his term. Ahmed Shami was assigned as the acting consul general.
An official told The Gulf Today on Wednesday that the new CG after completing his tenure in Bradford, UK has been assigned by the government to take over the charge of the Dubai consulate, one of the important and busiest missions in terms of community and trade activities. “One such huge trade event is Expo 2020 which will see the participation of a number of Pakistani companies, growing stable relationships between the two governments,” the official said.
The press section in Dubai has confirmed that the newly appointed Consul General will take charge of the mission in the first week of February.
Salamat Ali, a long-time expatriate, told The Gulf Today, “The major challenge for the new Consul General will be the supervision of official tasks as well as making sure of providing the required facilities for the Pakistani firms at the exhibition. However, one of the most important tasks is to take serious measures for the over three-decade old consulate building, which needs expansion to accommodate more visitors coming daily seeking various consular services and help,” he added.
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Digital Dentistry seminar focuses on technology

•January 13, 2019 • Leave a Comment

By Jami Khan | DUBAI

A 3-day Digital Dentistry Mastership Programme held in Dubai with the vision to revolutionise continuing dental education in the region, and contribute to keeping the standard of dental care at a world-class level.
The digital mastership programme was held first time in the Middle East and organised by the Digital Dentistry Institute, USA at Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel Dubai.
The event attended by dentists, professors from universities, specialists from the dental industry, representatives from Ministry of Health, dentists from different government and private organisations to look into the potential of using the digital dentistry in their institutes.
Talking to The Gulf Today, Dr Faraj Edher, Regional Director Middle East – Digital Dentistry Institute highlighted the importance…
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Pak expats urged to contribute to country’s economy

•January 13, 2019 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

Visiting Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar and an active vocal of country’s ruling party, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) has assured the overseas community members to provide full support in the way of bringing foreign investment in any sector to strengthen the country’s economy.
He was addressing a selected gathering of party supporters in a local hotel in Dubai on Saturday. “There are reservations on the lengthy process and bureaucratic hurdles to invest in any new project of education, health, etc. but I’m here to commit my full support …
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101 Ideas Launches

•December 18, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Award launched to honour top 101 ideas celebrating ‘Year of Zayed’

By Jamil Khan | ABU DHABI

A new award has been launched to recognise and honour the best ideas of celebrations carried out as part of the year-long ‘Year of Zayed’ activities. The award will recognise the top 101 ideas next month.
The award was launched by Shaikh Khalifa Bin Mohammed Bin Khalid Al Nahyan, Chairman of Private Department of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalid Al Nahyan, in a press conference held in Abu Dhabi.
It was attended by Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Khalifa Bin Mohammed Bin Khalid Al Nahyan, Second Vice President of ‘Wajeb’ Volunteering Association, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Society and Abdul Jalil Abdul Rahman Al Balooki, Managing Director of the Special Department of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalid Al Nahyan.
Abdul Jalil Abdul Rahman Al Balooki said that the president announced the 2018 as Year of Zayed to celebrate the centennial of the birth of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. “We are proud to announce the initiative of ‘101 Ideas’ as part of the celebrations to honour individuals, organisations and government departments who celebrated the ‘Year of Zayed’ in a great manner,” he said.
He further said that the initiative is aimed at giving recognition to 100 best initiatives carried out during the Year of Zayed. As part of this initiative, we will honour all those who contributed to the celebration of our exceptional leader,” he said.
Mansour Ishaq Sulaiman, Director General of the “101 Ideas” initiative, expressed his gratitude to Sheikh Khalifa Bin Mohammed Bin Khalid Al Nahyan, who undertook to translate these values into reality. “The initiatives and events that were held in celebration of the Year of Zayed have always been very important, not only in the number and touching of all fields, but also the initiative “101 Ideas” to honour the best 100 extraordinary celebration ideas.
To further highlight the details of the nomination process, he pointed that the evaluation process will be carried out immediately after Jan 06, 2019 till Jan 14, 2019. The winners will be announced in a press conference to be held on Jan 15, 2019.
Omar Tahboub, Editor-in-Chief of Faselah.net expressed his gratitude to Shaikh Khalifa Bin Mohammed Bin Khalid Al Nahyan, Chairman of Private Department of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalid Al Nahyan and said, “This initiative has proven that late Sheikh Zayed is a source of inspiration even after his departure. He was the man who embraced the world with his love.”
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Rashid Centre Board Meets

•December 16, 2018 • Leave a Comment

AI for people of determination at centre

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

The Board of Directors of Rashid Centre for the People of Determination held a meeting to discuss a number of decisions including governmental support to ensure sustainability of the Centre and its future, formation of Executive Board for the Board of Directors, continuing the cooperation with governmental departments, holding regular meetings and drafting internal system for the centre while specifying its general standards, controls and frameworks.
The meeting was attended by Juma Bin Maktoum Al-Maktoum, the Managing Director of the Centre, Ahmed Hashim Khouri, Founder of the Centre, Mariam Othman, General Manager, Sultan Saqr Alsuwaidi, Mohamed Baqr, Mohamed Abdeljaleel Musbih, George Bushara and Paras Chadaburi.
Ahmed Hashim Khouri has extended the greetings of Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Airline Group, Chairman of Board of Directors of Rashid Centre for the Determined Ones. He also extended support of the Chairman of Board of Directors to this ‘historical’…
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