A close friend in Emaar Properties (the developers behind Burj Khalifa) disclosed to me that upon the completion of Burj Khalifa in 2009, I gazed on top of the Burj where I saw a Pakistani worker waving joyfully after finalizing his work on the tallest skyscraper of the world, thus, this story is reflecting the pivotal role played by our skillful Pakistani brothers in structural and economic development witnessed by UAE during the past five decades.
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The shores on both sides of the Arabian Sea – its deserts and weather conditions shaped a similar culture and common destiny for both nations, the ancient history reveals many intracultural and trade exchanges and travels. In recent history, the late Sheikh Zayed considered Pakistan as his second home, and even before the establishment of UAE he visited Pakistan many times along with other Sheikhs and companions.
These interactions resulted in Pakistan being the first country to recognise UAE as a nation in 1971 – eventually the Pakistani diaspora playing an important role in establishing and developing many institutions in UAE.
Emirates, which is one of the world’s leading airlines, is a shining example of the diaspora’s role in UAE, as PIA provided technical and administrative assistance to the new carrier and leased Emirates a new Boeing 737-300 and an Airbus A300B4-200. I was delighted to receive – in my office last month – Capt. Rtd. Fazl Ghani Mian, the pilot who lead the inaugural Emirates flight from Dubai to Karachi on October 25, 1985.
Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Alzaabi – The Ambassador of UAE in Pakistan.