Alzaabi reaffirms commitment to stand by Pakistan


National Day reception showcases UAE culture, heritage


Zubair Qureshi

The United Arab Emirates has adopted the “Principles of the 50” as guidelines for a new phase of growth and development over the next 50 years and under the visionary leadership of the UAE President Sheikh Muhammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Vice President, Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the country is all set for a new phase of glory and uplift.

Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Alzaabi expressed these views while addressing a reception he hosted at Serena Hotel to celebrate the 51st anniversary of the National Day of his country. It was a lively, cheerful event and one could see quite a large number of notable guests attending the event.

The guests included Members of the Parliament, representatives of the armed forces of Pakistan, diplomats, scholars, academia, civil society, lawyers, students, sports personalities and of course a large number of the UAE nationals.

They congratulated Ambassador Alzaabi and his team on the auspicious occasion and reiterated their faith in the deep and strong bond of friendship that existed between the UAE and Pakistan.

Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif was the chief guest on the occasion. Congratulating the UAE ambassador, Khawaja Asif referred to long-standing deep and brotherly relations between Pakistan and the UAE and conveyed the Prime Minister’s message of gratitude and well wishes to the leadership and the people of the UAE on the happy occasion.

The event also showcased the UAE’s rich history, culture and heritage. The venue of the colourful event was decorated with flags of the UAE while the young students attired in the colours of the UAE flags sang songs of friendship both in Arabic and Urdu.

About Pakistan-UAE relations, Ambassador Alzaabi termed it was not only the 51st anniversary of the National Day of the UAE, it was also the celebration of the 51 years of friendship with Pakistan and the UAE greatly valued its relations with the brotherly country.

“Indeed, I consider this event as the 51st celebration of our friendly relations and cooperation, and I am confident that this bond of brotherhood will further enhance in various sectors and broader horizons,” he said.

Affirming that we must promote a culture of tolerance, openness, women empowerment, modernity and rationality, which does not conflict with the tolerant values of Islam, he said the UAE would continue to stand up to extremist ideologies and those who use violence to achieve their political goals.

The highlight of the reception was traditional dance on the Arabic music tones and the guests were served with traditional Arabic food. Gifts such as mobile phones, laptops, tabs and return air tickets to Dubai, Baku and Istanbul were also distributed on the occasion among the winners of lucky draws.