By Tilusha Vyas in Sharjah, UAE
Numerous events were held this month in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to mark the strong unity among the seven states celebrating the 41st anniversary of the country’s National Day. Among the many events held on the day was the first ever celebration held by the Afghan community in the Emirates which also marked 41 years of deep friendship between the UAE and Afghanistan.
Unlike the UAE which has prospered immensely over the last four decades, Afghanistan today is facing a deep economic crisis. The ongoing turmoil and instability over the last 40 years has forced millions of Afghans to flee their homes and seek safety in many parts of the world including the UAE. The UAE has not only provided a safe haven and livelihood to some 300,000 Afghans who have settled there since the 1960s, but it has also been one of the major donor countries globally that has also given millions of US dollars towards the rebuilding of Afghanistan.
Under the guidance and initiative of Chief Ajmal Khan Zazai, the Chairman of the United Afghan Tribes in Afghanistan, this was the first ever celebration of such magnitude which he hosted on behalf of the Afghan community in UAE. The dual celebrations were held in the regal and one of the most opulent buildings, the Cultural Palace in Sharjah, which played host to over a thousand guests.