PPW celebrates 30th anniversary

PPW-evening
By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

SCORES of community members from different walks of life and professions attended a sparkling evening to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Pakistan Professional Wing.
The event, a blend of live performances of professional and amateur singers and aspiring storyteller Taimur Rehman, was held at the Sheraton Grand hotel in Dubai. It was attended by Syed Javed Hassan, Consul General, Pakistan in Dubai and Northern Emirates, besides a huge number of PPW members, a wing of Pakistan Association Dubai.
The body was established in 1987 by a group of Pakistani professionals based in Dubai and Sharjah to contribute to the social and economic uplift of the community in the UAE.
In his opening remarks, Irfan W. Malik, chairman PPW, while highlighting the journey of three decades, said that the body with the support of its members and friends has carried out many educational and welfare activities for the community.
“The PPW since its inception played a pivotal role in extending help to underprivileged members of the Pakistani expatriate community in various social welfare programmes like providing school fees, health support, medical bills, house rents, food packages etc. to the needy. Around 2,000 community students in the UAE were supported in their academic career and provided Dhs10.40 million,” he said.
The PPW also conducted a large number of activities for its members on a regular basis by engaging the community including workshops, seminars, competition for students, musical performances, Eid parties and cricket matches.
Syed Javed Hassan, in his speech, lauded the huge list of achievements of PPW and suggested that the body should also arrange events to benefit the skilled labour force in Dubai working in small firms.
“Professionals are the backbone of every developed nation and to extend a helping hand to the less privileged segment of the society is a noble service,” he said.
However, the most interactive and engaging segment of the evening was the performance of Taimur Rehman, an aspiring storyteller who flew from Islamabad. Many were also surprised with the performance of Shabana Benjamin, one of the prominent singers who enthralled the audience with songs from the 80s and 90s. She had performed scores of songs on various Pakistani television programmes along with her two sisters – the group is known as Benjamin Sisters.
Apart from the educational support initiatives, the PPW in its endeavour to keep the Pakistani community well informed about happenings and events back home, organises informative sessions / discussion forums with prominent scholars, businessmen and entrepreneurs from the field of education, banking and finance who are specially flown in from Pakistan. The talks are part of a series of events organised by PPW throughout the year in which these outstanding professionals address an august gathering of professionals working and residing in Dubai and other emirates.
The body of Pakistani professionals has also helped newcomers find jobs in the UAE and in the last five years has assisted over 500 job seekers find employment in the UAE.
-Published at The Gulf Today

~ by jamilkhan on April 24, 2017.

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