Dubai: Saying it with a song is how some Indian expats have chosen to express their love and gratitude to the UAE on its 45th National Day.
Gafoor Shas, who has a history of dedicating a song to the UAE on its National Day every year for 20 years, has teamed up with noted Emirati poet Abdullah Bin Shamma for his creation this time.
“I had started off with releasing audio cassettes in 1996. Majid Cassettes Audio Distribution Company, which is now known as Music Plus, used to help me bring out the albums. In all the editions, I used to include one song dedicated to the UAE,” said Shas, who now owns Team Arabia, a production company.
From cassettes, he moved to CDs and since 2010, Shas started posting his songs on YouTube. “Since it is the 45th anniversary of the UAE, I wanted to dedicate a song in Arabic on behalf of all Indian expatriates here,” said Shas.
Bin Shamma, who did the lyrics, music and direction for the song titled ‘Shukran’, said he jumped at the idea since he liked the passion and fluency with which Shas sings in Arabic. “I found it a unique collaboration between Indians and Emiratis. We have a long history of relationship with Indians. They are always thankful to the country for their life here. We are also proud that Indians have helped develop the country and we also want to thank them. As an Emirati, I am also saying thank you to my country.”