Independence Day Celebrations at PAD | Shad Rahay Pakistan
Keeping the annual tradition alive, Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) celebrated Pakistan’s Diamond Jubilee and marked 75 years of our country’s independence with full passion and zeal. Our three-day celebrations began with the PAD Indoor Azadi Super 6 Cricket Tournament on Aug 12th and 13th where 16 teams competed for cash prizes and trophies. Under the theme, ‘Shad Rahay Pakistan’, our main flagship event on Aug 14th at the PAD complex had a line-up of engaging activities in store for people of all ages.
PAD President, Dr Faisel Ikram welcomed the audience to the special occasion, “On behalf of the PAD Board of Directors, I welcome you all here and wish you all a very happy Independence Day. We take today as an opportunity to reflect on one of the biggest mass migrations in history which took place in Aug 1947 and to pay tribute to the sacrifices of our forefathers.” President PAD also took the opportunity to thank the large crowd of community members, young and old, who enthusiastically joined our celebrations.
The evening kickstarted with the Dubai Police band to inaugurate our event along with a rally to the PAD complex by the UAE Bikers Community. The two-hour event at the Pakistan Auditorium entailed national songs, anthems, poetry, documentaries and various activities to mark 75 years of our country’s independence. The Pakistan Auditorium boomed with special patriotic performances and tableaus by schoolchildren. The different cultures of Pakistan were also highlighted through unique cultural performances on traditional folk music.
Present at the occasion, CEO Community Development Authority, His Excellency Dr Omar Al Muthanna also addressed the audience with a special message. He said, “It brings me great pleasure to be here on the special occasion of Pakistan's 75th Independence Day. We are proud to call Pakistanis our brothers. The two countries have worked together on all fronts to take our alliance forward. Pakistanis living and working in the UAE have always embraced our spirit of cohesion and tolerance that distinguishes our country from other countries.” Dr Omar Al Muthanna went on to praise the efforts of PAD in building the shared values between Pakistan and the UAE. “We cannot mention cohesion and not mention Pakistan Medical Centre - a very genuine example of humanitarian spirit and the generosity of the Pakistani people. On this note, I'd like to extend my deepest thanks to the Board of Directors, volunteers and staff of PAD, I truly appreciate all your support. I heartily wish you all the best and pray for the prosperity of Pakistan and its people,” said Dr Omar Al Muthanna.