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The Indian community at the Consulate General of India in Dubai last year to celebrate Independence Day. Image Credit: Clint Egbert/Gulf News Archives

Dubai: The Consulate General of India (CGI) in Dubai will lead the celebration of the 74th Indian Independence Day on Saturday (August 15).

The commemoration will start with Dr Aman Puri, Consul General of India to Dubai and Northern Emirates, unfurling the tricolour at 7.30am, followed by the singing of the Indian national anthem and reading of message from the President of India.

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This will be followed by a short cultural programme, which, however, will be attended only by Indian Consulate officials.

“Due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and social distancing norms, it is not possible for the people to come to the Consulate to celebrate this day,” said a statement from CGI sent to Gulf News on Thursday.

“We look forward to celebrating this auspicious occasion virtually. We request people to join us virtually on Facebook page India In Dubai — Consulate General of India, Dubai (@IndianConsulate.Dubai) and our twitter handle India In Dubai (@cgidubai) for live updates,” the consulate added.