Dubai gurdwara ‘Breakfast for Diversity’ breaks world record

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| Dubai, UAE | 14 April 2016 Asia Samachar |

RECORD BREAKFAST: (From left) Gurudwara Gurunanak Darbar chairman Surender Kandhari, Canadian Ambassador to UAE Masud Husain, UK Ambassador Philip Parman and Al Maya Group Director Kamal Vachani – PHOTO / KHALEEJ TIMES

The sole gurdwara in Dubai created a record of sorts when 600 people from 101 countries enjoyed the hour-long breakfast wearing their traditional outfits.

The officials from the Guinness Book of World Records confirmed that the gurudwara broke the previous record of 55 nationalities having a continental breakfast, organised by Nutella at the Milan Expo in Italy, on September 13, 2015, reports Khaleej Times.

Entry for the breakfast was through prior registration and included schoolchildren, diplomats, government officials and people from different walks of life and the chief guest at the event was Indian Ambassador to the UAE, Navdeep Singh Suri, the report added.

The gurudwara, which is known for serving free meals to all visitors through its community kitchen, caters to over 50,000 Sikh devotees in the UAE.

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“Sikhism has always embraced diversity as it has been part of our faith and belief, that we are all human beings to be treated with respect. The Gurudwara has been spearheading charity and volunteer work not only for the Indian community but for the entire UAE community as well. We feel blessed to give in any form, as this is our selfless service to the society,” the report quoted Gurudwara Gurunanak Darbar chairman Surender Kandhari.

The event was called “Breakfast for Diversity”.

“The Gurudwara serves approximately 1,000 meals on weekdays and 10,000 meals on weekends or holidays. It has served free meals to over 4 million people since its inception. This has been part of the Gurudwara’s service to the community and their way of embracing diversity,” Kandhari told the UAE newspaper. See report here.

“The gurudwara’s community kitchen serves free food to all visitors irrespective of their nationality, faith, caste, or creed. The gurudwara welcomes visitors from all faiths and of all nationalities, as ‘interfaith understanding’ has always been one of the pillars of the Sikhism faith.”

 

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