Indian Ambassador to the UAE Navdeep Singh Suri unfurled the national flag as national anthem was played.
Hundreds of residents gathered at the embassy in Abu Dhabi and as the sun blazed, the ambassador got candid and told commoners: “Our blue-collared workers spent entire day in the same sun.”
He reminded workers from various labour camps to approach the embassy in any issues faced by them.
“We have Open House from 9 am to 12.30 pm. None of you need any appointment.” Suri also urged those staying illegally in the UAE to make use of amnesty seekers.
The cultural programmes at the embassy started with artists from Indian state of West Bengal Troilee Dutta with tabla and Soumen Hazra with sarod leaving the capacity audience spellbound. It was followed by performances of folk singers from Indian state of Rajasthan and dance by members of Indian Ladies Association Abu Dhabi.