Prime Minister Narendra Modi started his 2 Day visit to UAE on 16 August 2015. Narendra Modi is the first Prime Minister to visit the United Arab Emirates in last 30 years. UAE is having 2.6 million Indian people. The United Arab Emirates decided to allot land for building a temple in Abu Dhabi for the Indian community, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on a two-day state visit.
PM Modi’s 2 day UAE visit is packed with a wide range of business meets, interactions with Indian workers and visits to cultural icons of the country. Another concern that could come up in the talks between the ruler of Abu Dhabi and PM Modi is the forthcoming threat of IS or the Islamic State, that the UAE considers a threat to the region.
After landing at Abu Dhabi Airport on 16 August 2015, PM Narendra Modi visited Sheikh Zayed Grand mosque which is the third largest mosque in the world. PM Modi will also promote India as an attractive investment country. There was a ceremonial greeting for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was accompanied out of the airport by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.
He listened attentively as he was given a description about the mosque`s history and architecture. He further signed the visitors’ book, marking his presence as a visitor at the mosque and also took a selfie with the Arab leaders. At the end of day 1 of PM Modi’s visit to UAE, Celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor dished up a special vegetarian spread for the Prime Minister at the dinner.
High on the PM’s agenda is improving trade and investment relations between the two nations which already have trade ties pegged at $60 billion per annum – a dip from what it was in 2013 but significant nonetheless, as UAE is comes only third after US and China.
The UAE is home to 2.6 million Indian workers, of who around 20 percent are white-collar professionals. Indian expatriates comprise 30 percent of the UAE’s population and are the largest nationality group.
Given that late Indira Gandhi was the last Indian Prime Minister to have visited UAE in 1981, Modi’s trip is being seen as an opportunity to boost India-UAE ties in key areas of trade and security.
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