Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who is currently in Abu Dhabi as part of a four-day official visit on Tuesday urged the Bangladeshi expat community in the UAE to be law abiding residents.
‘We are proud of the hard work you are doing. Please follow the rules and regulations of the country that is hosting you,’ she said during a sit-down interview with Khaleej Times.
The premier also said Bangladesh is setting up vocational training centres for its citizens in order to encourage more semi-skilled workers to take up employment overseas.
Despite the burgeoning job market in Bangladesh, she said unskilled labour that want to migrate to the Gulf region will not be stopped from doing so.
‘If people want to go, it is up to them. We will not stop them.’
There are an estimated 700,000 Bangladeshi expats in the UAE.
Terming her visit "a successful one", Hasina said the UAE leadership pledged support for Bangladesh by promoting investments in the fast-growing economy in South East Asia.
‘I met the leaders of the country and they have shown interest in the development of Bangladesh.’
On Monday UAE crown prince Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Nahyan gave her a picture of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with his father, which was taken during Bangabandhu's visit to the UAE, as a gift.