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Indonesian ?expats celebrate Independence Day.

Hundreds turn out for walk to mark occasion

Abu Dhabi A large number of Indonesians turned out for a walk organised by the Indonesian Embassy in Abu Dhabi on Friday. It was part of IndonesiaAEs 65th Independence Day celebrations.

oI didnAEt mind the tiredness although it was very humid, because everybody around me was in a celebratory mood,o said Lalan Purnama, 52, a computer engineer who took part in the event.

Indonesian Ambassador M. Wahid Supriyad pointed out that community members braved the summer heat to participate in the event. oAlthough the 65th Independence Day is on August 17, weAEre organising celebrations ahead of summer vacations and Ramadan,o he said. oMost of the community members will go on vacation in the coming months, so weAEre organising the events now to ensure maximum participation.o

Several sports and games competitions will begin this week for the community members as part of the celebrations.

Around 200 members of the community participated in the four-kilometre walk. oAbout 54 minutes and 40 seconds were allotted for the four kilometer walk,o said Lely Meliani, chairperson of the organising committee.

All of the participants stayed late into the night for an Indonesian food bazaar and karaoke competition at the embassy premises afterwards.

oEverybody was happy with the food bazaar because you cannot find these Indonesian foods like Mie Bakso [Indonesian noodles] anywhere else in Abu Dhabi,o said Purnama.

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Games competitions for Indonesian community members

Abu Dhabi

The Indonesian Embassy in Abu Dhabi is organizing the following games competitios for community members as part of the 65th Independence Day celebrations:-

Table Tennis on June 3 at Indonesian Embassy

Badminton at Al Khubairath on June 5, 12, 19 and 26.

Bowling at Zayed Stadium on June 11.

Tennis on July 2 and 9 (venue will be announced later)

Contact :- 02-445448. (embassy)

competitions

The Indonesian Embassy in Abu Dhabi is organising the following competitions for community members as part of the 65th Independence Day celebrations:

n Table Tennis on June 3 at Indonesian Embassy

n Badminton at Al Khubairath on June 5, 12, 19 and 26.

n Bowling at Zayed Stadium on June 11.

n Tennis on July 2 and 9 (venue will be announced later)

Contact : 02-445448. (embassy)

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I didnAEt mind the tiredness although it was very humid, because everybody around me was in a celebratory mood.o

Lalan Purnama

Computer Engineer

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