Spirit of togetherness demonstrated in the UN International Day of peace celebration at Gurudwara Dubai….reports Asian Lite News
Guru Nanak Darbar Gurudwara, Dubai, celebrates UN International Day of Peace with a special event attended by prominent people from various sectors. With the theme “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All” the UN International Day of Peace has showcased tolerance and camaraderie among those who attended the event at the Gurudwara in Jebel Ali Village, Dubai.
H.E. Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Cabinet Member and Minister of State for Tolerance UAE; H.E. Mr. Navdeep Singh Suri, Ambassador of India to UAE; Mr. Frode Mauring, UN Resident Coordinator & UNDP Resident Representative for UAE, Oman & Qatar; Surender Kandhari, Chairman of the Gurudwara Board, were present.
“We all have a responsibility to promote tolerance, coexistence, harmony, peace, respect, safety and dignity. Tolerance is the backbone of all civilizations, religions and cultures. Peoples and nations need to keep connecting, as a key requisite to ensure the stability and prosperity of the world. I encourage all to work together to build more tolerant, peaceful and coexisting societies,” said by H.E. Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi.
“May this gathering bring us all closer together and enable us to cooperate into more constructive endeavors, while appreciating our own uniqueness and our friendships. Together, let us be role models and collaborate with the younger generation on both conventional and contemporary initiatives towards progressive peace. May we inspire everyone to do small acts of kindness, let us convert pressures into challenges – changing perspective from life’s pressures to growth opportunities to become better,” said Mr Surender Kandhari.
“The International Day of Peace is an important occasion, as it is not only a reminder of how we should want to live, but also of how actually we should organize ourselves to solve differences. Together, we can work towards a better world not through fear, but through understanding, tolerance and compassion,” remarked Frode Mauring of UNDP.
Diplomats, faith leaders, academia, senior youth students and business community composed the attendees who had the pleasure to hear speeches of reputable personalities. A video and production number about peace were also showcased.
The event was organised by Guru Nanak Darbar Gurudwara Dubai in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) UAE and supported by the Minister of State for Tolerance in the UAE. Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and people.
On 17th January 2012, the largest Gurudwara of Gulf region was declared open for over 50,000 devotees in UAE. The Guru Nanak Darbar is a multi-storey facility spread over 100,000 sq.ft building area, located at the T- Junction of two large accessible roads in Jebel Ali Gardens Dubai. The ultra-modern Gurudwara is a rare piece of architectural design – a blend of modern and traditional building style. It welcomes all within its warm embrace, irrespective of caste or creed – bringing peace, solace, and hope. Services offered are Akhand Path Sahib, Sehaj Path, Sukhmani Sahib Path, Kirtan, Langar, Child Naming Ceremony, Child Amrit Ceremony, Engagement, Anand Karaj – Wedding Ceremony, Matrimonial Services, House Warming Prayer, Birthday or Anniversary Prayer, and Condolence or Memorial Prayer. Temple facilities are Meditation Room, Library that is also used for Kirtan Classes and Gurbani Santhiya Classes, and a 140-car-capacity basement parking.