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IDF Gabqa a grand sucess
August 3, 2013, 10:51 am

The Indian Doctors Forum (I.D.F.) successfully celebrated their GHABQA 2013 on Wednesday 31st July 2013 at the Andalaus Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Hotel amidst a galaxy of Kuwaiti and Indian dignitaries.

The evening commenced at 10pm sharp when the Anchor DrSameer Humad (Finance Secretary - IDF) requested all to stand in honor of the Kuwaiti and Indian National Anthems. This was followed by recitation of verses from the Holy Quran by DrT. P. Abdulraoof.  The welcome address was delivered by the General Secretary of  I.D.F. Dr. Jaganath R C, wherein he welcomed the Chief Guest H.E. Shri Satish C Mehta and other officials of the Indian Embassy, the Guest of Honor Dr. Ali Al Mukhaimi, President - Kuwait Medical Association & other KMA officials, Kuwaiti doctors from the Ministry of Health, Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait Institute of Medical Specialization, Eminent Kuwaiti and Indian Businessmen & Government Officials and last but not the least, our IDF members & their families. Following the welcome, was the Presidential address by Dr. Amir Ahmed.He expressed his immense gratitude to all the attending Kuwaiti guests for being a part of this auspicious evening. Dr Amir stated that ‘Ghabqa’, is a local tradition celebrated by certain GCC countries  in the month of Ramdhan after taraweeh prayers. Ghabqa helps to foster strong ties amongst families and friends. This wonderful tradition of the locals has been adopted by IDF. We too are part of the society and use this opportunity to strengthen the ties between Kuwaitis and Indians and also to express our love and gratitude to the wonderful people of Kuwait.”

The Ramadan Message was then delivered by Dr. Syed Faroukh, Senior General Surgeon at Jahra Hospital. He strongly emphasized the importance of fasting during the Holy month of Ramadan and receiving its rewards.

Speaking on the occasion, His Excellency Mr. Satish C Mehta, Honorable Ambassador of India appreciated the various community welfare activities rendered by IDF. He expressed his happiness at the presence of large number of Kuwaitis at the event, which reflected the acceptance, love and respect they had for IDF.

This was then followed by a message from the Guest of Honor, Dr. Ali Al Mukhaimi, President – Kuwait Medical Association (K.M.A.), where he lauded the efforts taken by IDF in carrying out all its activities. He praised the vast appreciation, IDF has earned in the Kuwaiti community in such a short span of time.

Prof. Adel KhaderAyed, Prof. Ali Hussein Dashti& Prof. Fouad Al Alialso spoke on the occasion with kind words of grace and appreciation.

Dr. Vinod Grover, (Vice President of I.D.F.)then delivered the Vote of Thanks where he thanked all the Kuwaiti dignitaries for having come in such large numbers. He also thanked all the Kuwaiti and Indian businessmen present for all the support and assistance rendered towards various IDF activities. He acknowledged the sponsors of the event, particularly Al Mulla Exchange Company. He expressed his gratitude to all technical staff, media personalities and staff of the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Immediately after the vote of thanks, DrJasneetNarang(Cultural Secretary),announced the prizes for the Fancy Dress competition conducted for IDF children and judged by Dr. ArvindRaina and Dr. Kiran Sharma. The event concluded with a sumptuousdinner for one and all. After the dinner on their way out, each and every guest were gifted with lovely Girgiyans.

Photos by Riyas Moodadi

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