Pakistan Association Dubai into a prestigious institution that will be a source of utmost pride for every Pakistani residing in the United Arab Emirates. Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) is a volunteer, non-profit, social welfare and cultural organization of the expatriate Pakistanis, serving since 1963. The Pakistani diaspora in the U.A.E is the second largest overseas community and one of the oldest expatriate groups in the country. It is the sole representative body of approx. 1.4 million Pakistanis, residing in U.A.E. and is registered with the Community Development Authority, Government of Dubai. Currently there are 12 wings of the Association that work in diverse sectors and represent the Pakistani community positively in each of their respective professions.
The dream of having a designated place for the community was born in 1961 in a small garage where community members came together just for small talk. Then in 1963 a small office was rented near Makoli Hospital which was like a hub for community members to gather and connect. Initially the name Pakistan Association Dubai was never used, it was called ‘Pakistan Sports Club’. The idea was to have a spot where people from all ethnicities amass and call it a ‘mini – Pakistan’. A ‘mini – Pakistan’ miles away from Pakistan, a place where they can express their patriotism, share their joys and sorrows and find all kinds of help and relief from amongst community members. PAD has since its early years played an integral role in sorting out problems for its countrymen i.e. Financially, be it in the education sector, health sector, and repatriation of prisoners as well as helping people with issuing of passports and etc. The association has a history of serving its people in every possible way and takes pride in doing so. It’s landmark community project “Pakistan Center” was launched on August 14 last year, a first ever not-for-profit health care facility to be built by expatriates at their community center anywhere in the GCC.
The Niaz Muslim Library was inaugurated on Pakistan’s 77th Resolution Day by H.E. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance. The Niaz Muslim Library is established in memory of late Niaz Muslim, a Down Syndrome child as part of the Year of Giving 2017 initiative. Born on 13th November 1950 to Nazira and Abdul Sattar Muslim, Niaz was a special child with Down’s Syndrome and became the source of inspiration for establishment of pioneer institute in Pakistan called SCINOSA (Society for Children In Need of Special Attention) by his parents in 1960 at Karachi. Today, SCINOSA caters to over 135 children who under special teachers and instructors are provided free vocational and other training with the aim of making them as self-reliant as possible. Niaz Muslim passed away to his heavenly abode on 29th of April 2009 at Dubai leaving a big void in the Muslim family who have attributed this library and Symposia to his loving memory. The library has 2,500 books on the history of the UAE, Pakistan and Islamic history. In addition to that, it has books related to English literature and also the largest collection of Urdu literature in the UAE. The library is open to all nationalities and has access and links to various libraries in the UAE and outside. We are very much happy to announce that Koha and DSpace is successful installed in the PAD Library by the collaborations of Full Stack Solution Pakistan.