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UAE embassy celebrates Emirates' founding anniversary

posted on 04/12/2006: 1846 views



The UAE embassy in the Philippines celebrated Saturday the 35th founding anniversary of its country, with Ambassador Mohammed Ebrahim Abdullah Al-Jowaid citing strong bilateral relations between the two Asian states. The celebration was held at the Hotel Intercontinental Manila's grand ballroom in Makati City.



Ambassador Al-Jowaid said the strong ties between the UAE and the Philippines is anchored on their robust oil and non-oil trade, as well as the UAE's hosting of about 80,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).



Al-Jowaid, who recently received from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo the Presidential Award of Distinction, said that OFWs in the UAE are most welcome to participate in the UAE's celebration of its founding on Dec. 2, 1971.



"Foreign workers in the UAE, OFWs included, benefit from liberal compensation and benefits in accordance with the enlightened pro-labour policies of the UAE government headed by UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan," Al-Jowaid said. The UAE official noted that of the total number of OFWs hired by UAE companies and nationals in 2005, over 48,000 belonged to the re-hire category, while new hires were about 33,000.



"Based on the bigger number of re-hires, it means that OFWs who have worked in the UAE preferred to continue working in our country. We are indeed honoured because it speaks volume of how favourably OFWs view the UAE and its people," the ambassador said.



The UAE is the third biggest employer of OFWs, next only to Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong. OFWs in the UAE collectively send the seventh highest amount of remittances to the Philippines, totalling US$257 million last year.



Al-Jowaid said that OFWs' preference for the UAE may be due to its fair labour laws, the warmness of its people, its openness and understanding of other cultures and its progressive government. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)

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