Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tourism and Overseas Pakistanis, said the UAE’s pioneering business conglomerate Galadari group has expressed interest to invest in the tourism sector of Pakistan. He added that Suhail Galadari, the co-chairman of Galadari brothers, has pledged to donate Rs.10 million for the repatriation of stranded Pakistani citizens in UAE.
According to the reports, Suhail Galadari will donate Rs.10 million ($60,000) to help the return of stranded Pakistani citizens that were stuck in UAE due to coronavirus lockdown.
Thanks @SuhailGaladari7 for your donation for repatriation of Pakistanis.
The Galadaris being pioneers in UAE’s 5star hospitality, it makes me extremely happy & proud to announce your family now expanding into 5star resorts in Pakistan.
I’m here for all kinds of assistance. pic.twitter.com/56DH17HiDm
— Sayed Z Bukhari (@sayedzbukhari) July 26, 2020
“I have the utmost gratitude for him (Galadari) to donate Rs10 million to help those people that will be repatriated back to Pakistan,” the prime minister’s aide, Sayed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari, said to the Arab news outlet.
Galadari: invest in tourism sector of Pakistan
Bukhari confirmed that the mighty Galadari group has expressed interest to invest in the tourism sector of Pakistan. Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari said the Galadari Group-the pioneers of five-star hotels across UAE wants to invest in the five-star hotels in Pakistan.
After pledging Rs10 mln to repatriate #Pakistanis stranded in the #UAE, #Emirati business tycoon, @SuhailGaladari7 plans to help boost Pakistan's #tourism says PM #ImranKhan's special aide @sayedzbukhari to #ArabNewsPk || @mophrd @ptdcpk
Read: https://t.co/C1gZbkteQ2 pic.twitter.com/jxY1CL8K1C
— Arab News Pakistan (@arabnewspk) July 27, 2020
“It’s wonderful news for us that the Galadari family who are pioneers in Dubai and the UAE in five-star hotels are looking to venture into Pakistan,” Bukhari said, “We hope to welcome them with open arms and hope that the Pakistani government and Galadari family can work closely together so that we can use their expertise and investment to promote five-star tourism in Pakistan as it has some of the most beautiful diverse landscapes in the world.”
About Galadari Brothers
Suhail Abdul Latif Galadari is an Emirati businessman. He is a Director at Galadari Brothers. He is a shareholder via Galadari Printing and Publishing in the UAE’s prominent English language newspaper Khaleej Times.
Galadari Brothers LLC has investments in print and online media in the Middle East. Other companies under the Galadari Group in the UAE include Mazda UAE, Baskin Robbins Ice Cream, Galadari Sri Lanka Hotel, Galadari Construction, JCB General heavy equipment. The group also has stakes in Galadari Cement in Karachi Pakistan. Suhail Galadari is also the founder of the trading company “Suhail Abdul Latif Galadari Trading Establishment” headquartered in Dubai, UAE.
Tourism in Pakistan
Meanwhile, Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari is working tirelessly to promote and bolster the tourism sector of Pakistan and resolve the issues of overseas Pakistanis. He is currently on an official trip to UAE to discuss with Emirate officials the situation of Pakistani workers amid the pandemic of COVID-19.
Earlier, this month he announced that Pakistani will host the 2021 World Tourism Forum. Tourism ministers from D-8 countries including Turkey are set to attend next year’s forum in capital Islamabad. Pakistan’s tourism industry is set to benefit from this massive recognition by the world community.
Pakistan will host the World Tourism Forum next year to tout the country’s tourism potential around the globe, especially among the countries of the D-8 (developing 8) bloc. Tourism in Pakistanis expected to increase, with many opportunities for the young nation to learn from other developing countries, in an industry that is still yet to grow and flourish.
“Pakistan has a huge tourism potential that we want to introduce to the world, especially the Muslim world,” Bukhari said, adding: “We are inviting the tourism ministers of D-8 countries, including Turkey, to learn from their experience promoting tourism. Pakistan, Bukhari added, had drawn up a five-year action plan to boost its tourism, badly hit by years of terrorism in the country following events related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US. Islamabad, he added, will launch a tourism e-portal by the end of this year to better attract foreign and local tourists.
From the snow-capped peaks in the north and glistening waters in the south, together with limitless opportunities to watch wildlife, sail in the mighty Indus river, and deep-sea diving in the Arabian Sea, Pakistan has a great deal to attract tourists.