Munawar Hussain (left) along with his family poses for a photograph.
Jamil Khan, Senior Reporter
The UAE is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and there are people from different expatriate communities who saw this ‘Golden’ journey through their eyes.
Munawar Hussain, a Pakistani expatriate, who has been residing in the country since 1970 is one of them.
He came along with a group of young passionate expatriates to explore the new market and earn a ‘good’ livelihood for his family.
Hailing from Sialkot, Hussain’s journey to reach Dubai was not easy or smooth.
He got his visa for Afghanistan but reached Tehran after crossing the Torkham border from where they first landed in Kabul.
From Tehran they were transported in open trucks to Bandar Abbas where they were ferried to Dubai along with 18 other ‘dreamers.’
Hussain soon joined as a press photographer in Abu Dhabi media, with ‘Al Ittehad’ newspaper, and worked for 25 years in the UAE capital.
He also spent 25 years in Sharjah and Northern Emirates to witness its spectacular development into a land of fabulous high-rises, wonderful roads and attractive hotels and holiday destinations.
“I was lucky to get a job in my field and not only did I witness the massive growth in the UAE through my own eyes but also captured all the important milestones with my camera,” he said.
He covered the historical signing ceremony of unification at Ittehad House in Dubai in 1971, the First Gulf War, and completion of major projects from scratch, among other developments.
“We are blessed and thankful to the UAE for providing a safe environment to grow and live along with other communities in harmony,” he said.
The overseas Pakistanis are the backbone of our country economic growth. The Pakistan Tehreek-e- Insaf (PTI)-led government under the dynamic leadership of Imran Khan is committed to resolve key issues of overseas Pakistanis at the earliest, as every year they are sending over $22 billion of remittances to our country.
“Youngsters inspired by different social media posts are rushing to join the gyms but once they start training they realise that a six-pack is not a joke to get in days but takes time, hard training and proper diet,” he said.
The tranches were fully subscribed by a syndicate of leading UAE banks, the government statement said.
Recent measures in Pakistan to widen the tax net, initiating a number of proposals like an amnesty scheme to allow people to declare their ‘unknown’ assets, and changes in tariff in many services and products, have created confusion among the Pakistani expatriates in the UAE.
The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) has expected the weather on Friday to be fair to partly cloudy and hazy at times during daytime, with a chance of some convective clouds formation by afternoon eastward.
The first regular flight from Lahore to Dubai is due late on Thursday night while many passengers and their relatives took to social media to highlight the unavailability of rapid test facilities for the passengers at major airports in Pakistan.
The Federal Identity and Citizenship Authority (ICA) on Thursday reviewed the features and advantages of the second generation of the Emirates ID that go in line with the concept of overall digital transformation in the UAE.
Passengers travelling from countries where flights had been banned were allowed to transit through UAE airports from Aug.5 as long as they present a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to departure.