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http://www.panthic.org/news/126/ARTICLE/1074/2005-02-27.html

Thousands of Sikh workers without a place of worship

Sunday 27th February, 2005

Gurleen Kaur - Panthic Weekly Staff

Batala (KP) - Representatives of Shromani Akali Dal and Seva Singh, member of Shiromani Gurudwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC), held a press conference on the government closedown of three Sikh Gurdwaras in Dubai. They were made aware of this situation when they received a telephone call from a head sevadar of one of the Guru Ghars. These Gurudwaras were built for the 400,000 Sikhs that lived in the vicinity of ECC company, Asian Tank Company, and Ailber Company. These Gurudwaras followed proper Sikh Rehat Maryada and Paath and Kirtan were held regularly. The King of Dubai, however, without explanation, had the Gurudwaras closed, while Mandars and Masjidhs were untouched.

The Dubai government took further steps and has stopped the electricity and water supplies to three other Gurudwaras that were built on factory properties. Because of this Guru Ji's saroops had to be taken into houses where they are now kept. The reason that has been given is that the Gurudwaras can not be built at warehouse sites (underneath warehouses). Shockingly, these Gurudwaras have been open for many years now and no problems have ever arisen before.

The Sikhs of Dubai are asking for the help of Sikhs worldwide. The SGPC is fully involved with this matter now. Bibi Jageer Kaur is also to be informed about this matter as soon as possible. We need to take a stand against this kind of injustice and protect our Gurudwaras, thereby protecting our identities.

Gurleen Kaur can be reached at gurleen.kaur@panthic.org.

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i have been around Dubai since nearly 6 months and know of 3 Gurdwaras where regular keertan programmes are held...there are other Gurdwaras as well...which Gurdwaras are these people talking about? :roll: ...as for mandirs, there are just 2 from what i know, and atleast 1 is attended by people regularly...forget about closing masjids, its a Muslim country!

The Dubai government took further steps and has stopped the electricity and water supplies to three other Gurudwaras that were built on factory properties. Because of this Guru Ji's saroops had to be taken into houses where they are now kept. The reason that has been given is that the Gurudwaras can not be built at warehouse sites (underneath warehouses). Shockingly, these Gurudwaras have been open for many years now and no problems have ever arisen before.
well, the Gurdwara i go to is made inside a camp where construction workers (mainly Sikhs) live...and the Dubai government has granted permission for it, and the land is granted by the company. Could someone please provide more info, as to the names and locations of the Gurdwaras?
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  • 1 month later...

waheguru ji ka khalsa waheguru ji ki fateh

just got some info from a local sardar i know who is from dubai...he says that its true that 5 Gurdwaras were closed down some 3 months ago...but 3 of them re-opened shortly after, which is why there wasn't much uproar about it...however, 2 are still closed...dunno if anything is gonna be done about them as the actual culprits in most cases are the gurdwara committee members who mess everything up.

waheguru ji ka khalsa waheguru ji ki fateh

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