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02 December 2023

New Auditorium and Sports Complex for NRIs in UAQ

Indian Ambassador to the UAE TP Seetharam will inaugurate the new Auditorium and Sports Complex for Indian residents of Umm Al Quwain (Supplied)

By VM Sathish

The Indian Association in Umm al Quwain will shift to a new state-of-the-art building which will be inaugurated on Wednesday by the Indian Ambassador to the UAE TP Seetharam. 

Realising a long cherished dream of the Indian community in Umm al Quwain, the new Sheikh Saud Bin Rashid Al Moalla Auditorium and Sports is comprised of three badminton courts, a basketball court and gymnasium and can house 2,000 people.

The 1,400 square meter auditorium –cum-sports complex is built at a cost of Dh2.2 million on two acres of land with donation from the Indian Community Welfare Fund, the Indian Association Sharjah and from prominent NRI businessmen such as MA Yousuf Ali and Dr B R Shetty.

Speaking to Emirates 24|7, Nixon Baby, President of Indian Association and General Secretary Sajjat Nattika, said the completion of the project is a long cherished dram coming true for 25,000-plus strong Indian community of Umm al Quwain.

“We still need another Dh1 million to complete the remaining work in the complex including setting up air-conditioners and other facilities,” the official said.

“We conduct regular charitable drives including a regular annual free medical camp with free medicine supply for the residents. The annual medical camp has been helpful to most of the 10,000 plus labourers who are living in the Emirates of Umm al Quwain. In the last medical camp with 20 Indian doctors, more than 1,500 people attended the camp. Most of the labourers cannot afford to take expensive treatment in private hospitals and they benefit from our medical camps. After the free medical camp, we conduct regularly monthly consultation for about 150 patients, and there is free diagnosis of blood pressure and blood sure in our Association medical camps,” added Shanavas VM, Vice President of the Umm al Quwain Indian Association.