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Aden - Yasmine El Tohamy - Expats celebrate in and Abu Dhabi on Sunday morning.

Hundreds of Indians from across the UAE gathered at the Consulate General of India in Dubai in the early hours of Sunday, January 26 to celebrate India's 71st Republic Day.

The Indian national flag was hoisted by Consul General of India to Dubai, Vipul, at the CGI at 7.40 am as residents and visitors sang patriotic songs and took pictures alongside the Indian flag.

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After the flag hoisting, Vipul greeted everyone gathered at the Consulate and read out President Ram Nath Kovind's speech to the nation. The address was followed by a cultural performance.

Following the festivities at the Consulate, hundreds of students and parents of the Indian High School gathered at the school grounds for the annual R-Day parade.

Reading from President Kovind's speech, Vipul said that the foundations of a sound education system were built in ancient times, with the setting up of great universities like Nalanda and Takshashila.

Celebrations in Abu Dhabi

"In India, knowledge has always been considered more valuable than power, fame or riches. In our tradition, educational institutions are respected as temples of learning. When our land was pushed into backwardness after the long colonial rule, it was education that emerged as a path to empowerment."

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