Dubai Pravasi Yatra 2016: A Resounding Success

The Dubai Pravasi Yatra, one of the most awaited events of the year 2016, turned out to be a grand success with participation ranging from 70 international delegates to 600 local residents at various programs held from 7th to 11th October, 2016. The event was held under the auspices of WZCC, an organization that values building relationships with its key constituents comprising businessmen and professionals through a variety of programs across the globe.

Those who got together to explore business opportunities were happy with the leads and offers that fell into their lap in just 4 days’ time in the field of art, medicine, law and financial investment. The success can be attributed to the advance preparations made by the WZCCME
Team ensuring that all businessmen met top personnel in top companies in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Those who came on a visit to see Dubai and Abu Dhabi were mesmerized by the legendary hospitality that excelled to
new heights with this program.

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The WZCCME Team comprising Porus Guzder – President; Firdaus Irani – Chapter Chair; Nowshir Engineer – Business Development Director (WZCCME) ; Cyrus Debara – Youth Director (WZCCME); Kashmira Kotwal – Treasurer; and Wahbeez Wankadia – Secretary after a brief introduction of themselves, highlighted the twin objectives of hosting a game changer program for our community members worldwide, that successfully redefined travel and
tourism for families and leisure-cum commerce for businessmen.

Meher Bhesania, the founding director of WZCCME, speaking on the World Expo 2020 said, the Expo is expected to bring in 20 Dubai million visitors to Dubai in 2020. The government is investing heavily in infrastructure projects that includes the expansion of roads, Dubai Metro lines and airports.
Dubai’s theme of “Connecting Minds and Creating Future” with sub themes – Mobility, Opportunity and Sustainability, is set to create a new bench mark in the history of World Expos. She added, “the Dubai Pravasi
Yatra program in a way was also a salute to the Zoroastrians living in the GCC region, who came without any connections, braved difficulties and ultimately succeeded in their respective trades and professions.” While wishing a pleasant stay to all the delegates, she extended a hearty welcome to those who were on a business trip and said, “May this trip prove to be a turning point in each one’s life, just as Africa proved to be a turning point in the life of Gandhiji who began his journey as a common man and ended up being addressed by many of his followers as Mahatma”.

In a short span of four days the delegates saw the iconic landmarks such as the Burj Khalifa – the tallest tower in the world, the Dancing Fountains, the Palm, The Atlantis, Burj Al Arab, the Museum, Gold Souk and more… The evenings included the enjoyable Dhow Cruise, the Desert Safari and dinner theatre with Laughter Therapy Comedy Play at the Sh. Rashid Auditorium, attended by 700 businessmen and professionals. Be they millionaires, billionaires or youth they all laughed till the end. The Silly Point Productions team received rave reviews on their debut performance in Dubai.

The prestigious Dubai Pravasi Yatra Awards were presented to

  • Hon. Mr. Dadi Mistry (New Delhi)
  • Dr. Keki Turel (Mumbai)
  • Mr. Khodayar Attaie (Iran)
  • Mrs. Villoo Mirza (Ahmedabad); and
  • Mr. Manek Kalyaniwalla (Mumbai)

for their services to the community and the society at large.

An excursion to Abu Dhabi the capital of the United Arab Emirates proved to be a memorable trip. The delegates saw the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the corniche; the heritage village; the dates market and the Emirates Palace Hotel, the most sought after 7 star luxury hotel of the Emirati Capitol. The Dubai Pravasi Yatra program safely said delivered on its promise and more.

Summing up – the joy of seeing a new destination at an economically priced package; the generous gifts and delicious chocolates and fruit’n nuts bites every day; the comfort of being driven in air-conditioned coaches; the fine dining experience at different restaurants and the opportunity to mix and mingle with the Zoroastrians in the UAE presented a rewarding experience to all the delegates. The beauty and majesty of Dubai and Abu Dhabi captured the hearts of the visitors. Both destinations were presented in a totally new light.

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Weaving a vacation of their lifetime the delegates departed with a smile on their faces and large bags of heavy shopping on 11th October, 2016 to their respective destinations with a solemn promise to return to Dubai
in 2020 when the World Expo takes place in the sunshine state. Thank you messages are being received adding to the success of the event. What more can WZCCME organisers ask for?