said Dr Faisal Ikram, President of Pakistan Association in Dubai.
The UAE bikers’ community showed solidarity for the upcoming non-for- profit Pakistan Medical Centre which will serve people of all nationalities.
The event ‘Bike & Brick’ was under theme of Year of Tolerance aimed to including every segment of the society and spreading awareness in the community. This was part of the ‘Own a Brick’ campaign launched by the PAD to construct the Dh12million complex.
“Pakistan Association is doing a great job in serving the community; we are very impressed and will always support you in your upcoming endeavors” said Shaikh Suhail.
Male as well as female bikers rode on stylish heavy bikes to mesmerise the spectators on the road.
At the end of the rally, the bikers also witnessed the monthly free medical camp held at PAD by its Medical Wing. Each medical camp has approximately three hundred patients and all of them are given assistance by volunteer doctors.
Counsel General of Pakistan, Ahmed Amjad Ali lauded the efforts of the bikers’ community. “It is a beautiful sight seeing all of you gather together and support the cause of a healthcare facility that will benefit people across all nationalities,” he said.
Dr Ikram thanked the team for coming together and said, “The twelve kilometers ride that you undertook for Pakistan Medical Centre is a reflection of your commitment to community service”.
“We would like you to spread the word about this project and engage the community at large for this and become our strength in this” noted Dr. Ikram. “It’s flattering to see multiple nationalities taking part and spread the word about the medical centre” said Rizwan Butt who helped organise the rally.
The Pakistan Medical Centre will be first healthcare facility by any expatriate community in the UAE and will operate under the banner of the Dubai Health Authority and the Community Development Authority.
It will be operational in August 2019 and will be part of Pakistan Association Dubai.
The need to build the medical complex arises given the huge number of poor patients turn up to attend the medical camp arranged by Pakistan Medical Wing at PAD during the last weekend of every month. Since 2009, they have received more than 26,000 patients at 150 free medical camps.
The medical complex is being built based on a novel concept. PAD offers community members 12,000 bricks to own with a price tag of Dh1,000 for each brick in a bid to meet the total cost of Dh12 million for the construction of the building.