Dubai: Community Development Authority (CDA) officials visited the India Club in Dubai yesterday in a bid to promote good relations between the two organisations.

Indian Consul General Sanjay Varma and Dr Ram Buxani, the new Chairman of the India Club, welcomed CDA Director-General Khalid Al Kamdah and other CDA officials to one of the oldest social clubs in Dubai.

"The visit of the CDA delegation was aimed at further fostering the relations between CDA and social clubs in Dubai, and to extend our support to positive social trends that represent the cornerstone of overall social development," Al Kamdah, who the Indian Club invited to become an honorary member, said.

"We look forward to continuous cooperation with all concerned social institutions to achieve the vision of Dubai in strengthening community spirit, stability and harmony among all segments," he added.

Solidarity

Founded in 1964, the Indian Club is built on land given by the late Shaikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum to promote solidarity and a feeling of belonging among the country's large Indian expatriate community. The club has 6,500 members.

CDA officials also took the opportunity to explain to club members the importance of getting a CDA licence among social clubs.

"Through these regular visits to the various social clubs, we aim to explain to them the importance of obtaining a licence from the CDA, and encourage them to benefit from our experience in various social sectors through initiatives that target children, families, the elderly and people with disabilities," Dr Omar Al Muthanna, CEO of Social Regulatory and Licensing Sector in CDA, said.

The Government of Dubai issued the Executive Resolution No 4 in 2011 to regulate and license social clubs.