Pakistani expatriates in the UAE are celebrating its 71st Independence Day today with a commitment to plant trees and make the country greener.
On the occasion, messages from the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan was read to the citizens.
The ambassador and consul-general in the UAE delivered speeches to the community members who gather to show their love and commitment to their motherland.
The speeches reminded Pakistanis in the UAE that the independence should be considered as a day of self-accountability.
All individuals are also reminded to re-direct their energies to the development of Pakistan and to be able to stand tall among the comity of nations.
In the UAE, the Embassy of Pakistan in Abu Dhabi and the Pakistan Consulate in Dubai hoisted the flag and celebrated with a large number of community members who attended.
This year, the ceremony was held in air-conditioned tents for the ease of the participants. School children, dressed in green and white, sang patriotic songs while waving the flag.
The Pakistan Association Dubai, in collaboration with Pakistan Embassy, also hosted a grand event today evening with Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance, as the chief guest.
Sheikh Nahyan will launch the Junior Brick for Pakistan Medical Centre, a first-ever not-for-profit healthcare facility to be built by any expatriate community in the GCC.