The unveiling of giant mock-up of Kabayan Weekly
The first Filipino weekly publication that will cater to more than 600,000 Filipinos in the UAE was launched yesterday in a festive celebration attended by Philippine government officials, UAE government representatives and Filipino community leaders, including expat businessmen targeting the Filipino market.
Kabayan Weekly is envisioned to be the main communications platform for the various UAE and Philippine government agencies to announce new regulations that will have a considerable impact on the lives of the Filipinos.
"I wanted the Filipinos to learn firsthand when there's a change in the labor or immigration laws to avoid getting into trouble,” expressed Atallah Habib, Kabayan Weekly publisher.
On hand to celebrate the occasion with the Filipino community were H.H. Sheikh Rashid Bin Mohamed Bin Ali Al-Nuaimi of Ajman, Juma Obaid Alleem of the UAE National Media Council, and Philippine Vice-Consul Geronimo Suliguin.
"I welcome the fact that Kabayan Weekly has decided to print most of the articles in Filipino, as this would make the publication easily accessible to the Filipinos across the seven emirates and hopefully help in encouraging interaction and strengthening camaraderie and unity among us," conveyed. Philippine Consul General Benito Valeriano in his speech read by Vice-Consul Suliguin.
Habib added: "I am confident that not only the Filipinos will benefit from the publication but also the advertisers who will be able to directly communicate with the fourth largest ethnic group in the UAE.”
Kabayan is a local word referring to a compatriot. The weekly publication is under the license of Al Hilal Publishing, Printing and Distribution.