British expats celebrate diamond jubilee in Dubai

07/06/2012 - Dubai Lifestyle News Posted by Neil King
British expats celebrate diamond jubilee in Dubai

While hundreds of thousands of people gathered in London over the weekend to catch a glimpse of the royal family as they celebrated Queen Elizabeth's diamond jubilee, British expats assembled in Dubai to mark the occasion in their new home in the UAE.The Khaleej Times reports that while the British contingent of well-wishers endured a cold and rainy few days in the UK capital city, those who have villas or apartments in Dubai had a rather different experience.Expats gathered at the British Embassy in the emirate to watch the river pageant live from London on two big screens set up in the sunny gardens of the official buildings, where families turned out for the occasion prepared with picnics and other treats to mark the important milestone for the monarchy.British consul-general in Dubai Guy Warrington told the newspaper that such occasions bring people together to share memories and celebrate the Queen's hard work over the decades."We're all great admirers of the queen for her longevity and hard work and her dedication and patriotism," he stated, adding: "But you know, the fact is she's been doing a very difficult job for 60 years and doing it very well. I think we're all very proud of her."David and Helga Ford were also celebrating the jubilee in the embassy gardens with their fellow Brits and had come to join in the party with their son James.Mr Ford said: "We've really enjoyed it and we're glad we came down here tonight. I think it's important to show our son, who was born in Dubai, a bit of Britishness."Mr Warrington claimed the celebration evoked memories of joining in at British fetes when he was small and thought it touching so many people were reminiscing about such traditions from back home over the weekend.He recalled marking the Queen's silver jubilee when he was a small child and the fact they paid homage to the monarch by having a party in the village where his family lived.The consul-general admitted the atmosphere and feeling of togetherness was the same among British expats this time around.