Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
For the first time, Fijians living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), including some from Kuwait joined hands to celebrate Fiji Day this month.
Chief Guest at the event was Fiji’s Ambassador to the UAE and the Gulf Countries, Mr Robin Nair who was also accorded an i-Taukei ceremony of welcome before the celebrations began.
Ambassador Nair highlighted his role to the guests and the work undertaken by government.
“This is a proud day for me to be representing Fiji before my own people living so far away from home, on this very significant day”, Ambassador Nair said.
“My dear Fijians, I am here in the UAE and in the Gulf to represent proudly my Government which represents change, a new beginning for us all and a new dawn for our people… I do not hesitate to say that our path to independence began again, a second time, with the dawn of December 2006… Our Prime Minister, Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama has said that we will never again devote our energies creating divisions and segregation of our peoples for the benefit of politicians but we will devote all our energies together to build and live in a better Fiji for all. These are the words of a very brave soldier of our nation who has taken on the largest challenge of his life as a soldier, in the face of much deep-felt opposition from vested interests, who enjoyed the power for a few”.
This was the first Fiji Day celebrations for the new Fijian Embassy, something that has been welcomed by the Fijian community living in the Emirates and other Gulf countries.
The Master of Ceremonies at the event was Master Manu who teaches mathematics to senior level High School students in Al Ain and hails from Rotuma.
“This is a particularly proud and a historic Fiji Day for the Fijian community in the UAE in that the Fiji Government is represented at our function by the high Office of the Fijian Ambassador to the UAE and the Gulf States. We thank the Fiji Government for opening an Embassy in this important part of the world”, Mr Manu said.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs P. O. Box 2220 Government Buildings Suva, Fiji