The Odias living in the UAE celebrated the Odisha Divas at the Indian consulate in Dubai on April 16. It was attended by India’s consul general Dr. Aman Puri who thanked Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for the Bhubaneswar-Dubai direct flight scheduled to start from May 15.
The counsel general said, “Today, it is a very special celebration. Today, we are celebrating India’s best kept secret being connected with Dubai, which is a shining example of how trade, tourism and investment can transform the lives of people. Today, we are connecting Bhubaneshwar with Dubai, which will enable people of Orissa to be connected to the world, through this amazing hub of Dubai not just for tourism, but also trade and the employment opportunities in different parts of the world and for seeking investments. We are also going to be enabling people living in the Middle East, our Emirati brothers and sisters and our brothers and sisters from over 200 nationalities, who consider UAE their second home, to have a seamless experience of visiting Bhubaneshwar, in India’s best kept secret.”
Dr. Puri welcomed the Tourism Minister Aswini Kumar Patra, Minister of Science and Technology Ashok Chandra Panda, the private secretary to the Chief Minister, the secretary and the delegation from Orissa. The consul general also welcomed delegates from the UAE, representatives of Indian community living in the UAE and the other countries in the Gulf region.