Saudi King, crown prince send best wishes to Pakistan on Independence Day

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A general view of the Metropolitan building illuminated with national flag, ahead of Pakistan's Independence Day in Lahore, Pakistan, on August 13, 2019. (REUTERS/Mohsin Raza)
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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan accompanies Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on a carriage to the President House in Islamabad, Pakistan February 18, 2019. Press Information Department (PID)/Handout via Reuters
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Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is greeted by King Salman in Jeddah in September 2019 as part of Khan’s first state visit overseas. (SPA)
Updated 14 August 2019

Saudi King, crown prince send best wishes to Pakistan on Independence Day

  • King Salman sends congratulatory cable to President Alvi, crown prince wishes for Pakistan’s “continued health and happiness“
  • UAE ambassador to Pakistan also posts congratulatory post on Twitter for August 14

ISLAMABAD: Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday congratulated Pakistan on its 73rd Independence Day in separate messages, the Saudi state news agency said. 
King Salman sent a congratulatory cable to Pakistani President Dr. Arif Alvi on August 14, Saudi Press Agency reported. The message read: “In our own name and on behalf of the people and government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, We express to you our best wishes, wishing you continuous health and happiness and the people of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan further progress and prosperity.”
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also sent a message of congratulation to President Alvi, saying, “I express to you my best wishes, wishing you continuous health and happiness and the people of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan further progress and prosperity.”
The ambassador to Pakistan of the United Arab Emirates, Hamad Obaid Alzaabi, posted a message of congrats on Twitter, wishing “all friends in Pakistan on the occasion of the Independence Day and for further progress, prosperity, stability, prosperity and development.”
Both the UAE and Saudi Arabia have strong ties with Pakistan and are economic, trading and defense partners.


Pakistan Property Show Dubai a 'source of pride' for expats, says property tycoon

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Pakistan Property Show Dubai a 'source of pride' for expats, says property tycoon

  • Economic reforms creating real estate opportunities in Pakistan, Zameen.com CEO tells Arab News
  • The two-day event provides visitors with a great opportunity to explore affordable property options

DUBAI: Pakistan’s economic reforms and tax implementation scheme have benefitted genuine buyers and developed their trust in the country’s real estate market, a senior property expert told Arab News on Friday.
Zeeshan Ali Khan, CEO of Zameen.com, said that despite the global economic downturn in the property business, there was still an opportunity for buyers in Pakistan.
Khan was speaking to Arab News on the sidelines of the two-day Pakistan Property Show (PPS) that kicked off at the Dubai World Trade Center on December 6.
He said that while bulk buying was not happening, buyers in the Gulf states were still interested in the property market of his country.

Exhibitors from across Pakistan at the Pakistan Property Show at Dubai World Trade Centre on Dec 6, 2019. (AN Photo by Asma Ali Zain)

The event in Dubai has offered overseas Pakistanis a chance to explore rewarding investment opportunities available in some of the most reliable and promising real estate projects.
In addition, since the exhibition features projects from several major cities of Pakistan, it provides visitors with a great opportunity to explore affordable property options.
Khan said that taking the property exhibition to an international level was a tough undertaking in the beginning, though he added that the PPS had gradually acquired its own brand recognition.
“The success story of this event is a source of pride for Pakistanis living in the Gulf,” he said.
“Increasing investment opportunities in the property sector is vital for setting the sector on track to progress, and the main objective of organizing such events is to circulate money in the investment sector, which, in turn, will benefit the overall economy of Pakistan,” he continued.
“The World Trade Center holds its own exclusive status in terms of trade and investment activities in the region where only the best corporates and business entities can stage their activities, and for a Pakistan-based company to organize such a grand event there is definitely a matter of national pride,” Khan noted.
He also highlighted the fact that most of the online traffic Zameen.com received was from Pakistani expatriates residing in the Gulf countries.

Exhibitors from across Pakistan particpating in the Pakistan Property Show at Dubai World Trade Centre on Dec 6, 2019. (AN Photo by Asma Ali Zain)

“The event thus offers great opportunities to Pakistanis living here to make solid, safe and rewarding investments in reliable real estate developments.”
Marwan Ahmed bin Ghalita, CEO of Real Estate Regulatory Agency, Dubai, inaugurated the event.
“I have seen a lot of [Pakistani] companies offering unique projects, sharing data and knowledge from Pakistan to Dubai and Dubai to Pakistan,” he said while interacting with various exhibitors and senior management of Zameen.com.
“Today there are no borders for investment and real estate is the biggest investment that everybody is looking for,” he added.
The PPS 2019 featured the biggest names from Pakistan’s most urban centers, such as Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Multan, Peshawar, Murree, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Raheem Yar Khan, Gwadar, Bahawalpur and DG Khan.
In the last two editions of the event, the property extravaganza attracted a combined audience of over 31,000. Prominent names among this year’s exhibitors included “Eighteen” and “Capital Smart City.”
The show is organized by Zameen.com and this is the company’s third consecutive annual property exhibition event in Dubai.
Zameen.com has so far held a total of 17 major property exhibitions in different countries, attracting over a million visitors.