Riyadh: The Indian Hindu expatriate community celebrated Diwali with fervour in Gulf region with malls and gold shops abuzzed with visitors. The weekend added further cheer to the festive atmosphere. Interestingly, Pakistani Expatriates in Dubai visited the Indian Club to greet its members on the occasion. The Pakistani delegation led by PAD President Dr. Faisal Ikram visited the India club.
Emirates cabin crew members visited the Indian ethnic dominated Mina Bazar in Dubai and distributed sweet boxes. Many houses were decorated with traditional lights and ‘diyas’ in Burj Dubai and Rolla in Sharjah. Also, there were little fireworks as the local rules do not permit it. However, special arrangements were in place for fireworks show that witnessed huge crowd for the last two days. “Dubai is a cosmopolitan city. We welcome and celebrate all major festivals of India and around the world with its people,” said J Srinivas Rao, a native of Rajanna Sircilla district who lives in Dubai.
Meanwhile, the gold business has seen a significant business over the past few days not only in Dubai but across the region. In Bahrain, Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa has visited the houses of prominent Indian families to congratulate them on the occasion of Diwali, State news agency reported.