MALAYSIA: A prominent Dubai-based Sikh was one of the representatives sent by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government to an international interfaith seminar in Kuala Lumpur.
Surender Singh Kandari, a businessman and also chairman of the only gurdwara in Dubai, was one of the 11 member UAE delegation to the 4th International Seminar on Interfaith Harmony and Tolerance which ended yesterday (5 Feb 2015).
This is not the first time that Surender, who is also the chairman of Guru Nanak Darbar – the first and only gurdwara in the UAE – had joined interfaith delegations from the Emirates.
“They’ve invited me a couple of times before this,” he told Asia Samachar in an interview in Kuala Lumpur.
The 11-men UAE delegation also included two representatives from the Christian faith. They went under the umbrella of UAE Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan.
The two-day seminar was attended by 250 participants from 14 countries including Bangladesh, Myanmar, Indonesia, Turkey, Brunei Darussalam and the UAE, according to a Bernama report.
Surender helms the Al Dobowi Group, a business which was started by his grandfather in India. Its subsidiary Al Dobowi Tyre Company manufactures automotive products, including high performance tyres and high quality automotive batteries. It also distributes lubricants, motor oils and alloy wheels.
Al Dobowi services the domestic UAE market through its presence in all seven Emirates and the markets of East Africa, the CIS and Afghanistan through its dealer network, according to information on the company website. – ASIA SAMACHAR (6 Feb 2015)
[ASIA SAMACHAR is an online newspaper for Sikhs in Southeast Asia and surrounding countries. Go to www.asiasamachar.com]