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India Day in Dammam draws 10,000 expats

Thursday, October 21, 2010 10:43:34 PM, ummid.com Staff Reporter

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Malegaon: More than 10,000 Indian expatriates and their family members turned up at the King Fahd Amusement Park in Dammam at the weekend to celebrate India Day, reports Arab News.

 

For a community which is scattered throughout the province, the India Day celebrations provided a good and unique opportunity to socialize, network and to understand little known cultural nuggets of their own country.

“The turnout was beyond expectations,” admitted Mirza Zaheer Baig, the key organizer who works as a scientist at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM). “When we thought of organizing such an event, we never knew we would attract these many people. This only indicates the sense of camaraderie that exists among the members of the Indian community in the Eastern Province.”
 

The main attractions during the massive celebrations were the pavilions set up to showcase different cultural aspects of India’s many states.
 

Of the two million Indians in the Kingdom, around 700,000 live and work in the Eastern Province cities of Dammam, Alkhobar, Jubail, Al-Hasa, Qatif, Hafr Al-Batin and Ras Tanura. In addition, many Indian families from Riyadh head to the Eastern Province during weekends to enjoy the picturesque beaches of Alkhobar and Jubail.
 

T.P.M. Fazal, from Kerala, who played an instrumental role in bringing Indians of all shades together, promised to make India Day celebrations an annual event. “It is rare for Indians from Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Rajasthan, Karnataka and other states to come together along with families for a day of fun.”

Managers at the park where the event was organized were overwhelmed by the large turnout and colorful extravaganza. “We have not had such a massive response to any event in our park in nearly 10 years,” Arab News quoted Abdul Rahman Alawi. “We would like to host such events in future as well.”

 

 

 


 

 

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