UAE support for Pakistani youth employment 'deeply appreciated' — PM aide

The Pakistani PM’s special assistant on youth affairs, Muhammad Usman Dar, meets with Emirati Ambassador Hamad Obaid Al-Zaabi in Islamabad on Jan. 30, 2020. (Supplied)
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Updated 30 January 2020

UAE support for Pakistani youth employment 'deeply appreciated' — PM aide

  • UAE announced $200 million support for small and medium-sized Pakistani enterprises
  • A special pavilion to promote Pakistani talent will be established at Dubai Expo 2020

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani prime minister’s special assistant on youth affairs, Muhammad Usman Dar, expressed gratitude for the UAE’s financial support to create job opportunities during a meeting with Emirati Ambassador Hamad Obaid Al-Zaabi in Islamabad on Thursday.
The premier’s aide expressed appreciation for Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan’s announcement of $200 million support for small and medium-sized enterprises in Pakistan, a statement issued by Dar’s office said.
The crown prince visited Pakistan on Jan. 2 and announced the support package to help create jobs and enhance exports.
“Your support will surely help in enhancing economic activities at SME level that will also create jobs opportunities for our youth. Your assistance in the areas of health and education are also highly commendable,” Dar told Al-Zaabi.
According to the statement, the Emirati ambassador said the crown prince’s cooperation with Pakistan was focused on the youth, education and health sectors, and his government was planning special training for teachers at its school projects in South Waziristan, Khyber Pakhtunkhawa and Baluchistan.
“We are also working on establishing training centers in view to better equip teachers in these schools,” he said, as quoted in the statement, and told Dar that the UAE government had announced the establishment of a $20 million structure for Pakistan at Dubai Expo 2020 and a special corner for youth to showcase Pakistani talent.
He said that “1.7 million Pakistanis, including doctors, engineers and laborers working in UAE are part of our success,” the statement read.
Dubai Expo 2020 will begin on Oct. 20 and is the first mega-event of its kind to be held in the Middle East.


Pakistan International Airlines to expand flight operations to Saudi Arabia

Updated 17 min 12 sec ago

Pakistan International Airlines to expand flight operations to Saudi Arabia

  • Currently limited to 23 weekly flights to Saudi Arabia due to coronavirus, PIA spokesman says
  • Pakistan has sought permission from Saudi Arabia to add another 28 flights 

ISLAMABAD: A spokesperson for Pakistan International Airlines has said flight operations to Saudi Arabia would be expanded soon due to high demand.
Pakistan allowed outbound international flights to resume in May after largely closing its airspace to commercial flights to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in March. Domestic flights also resumed in May.
“PIA was limited to 23 weekly flights due to Covid,” PIA said, adding that it had sought permission from Saudi Arabia to add another 28 flights “due to the huge rush of bookings.”
“Permits are expected in a day or two, after which flight operations will be expanded,” the airline said. “In this regard, the PIA administration is in constant touch with the Saudi authorities.”