PM Modi visits Gulf state: UAE allots land to build first temple in Abu Dhabi
Modi thanked the UAE leadership for this "landmark" decision.
While there are two temples in Dubai, one of Lord Shiva and another of Krishna, there is none in Abu Dhabi.
"A long wait for the Indian community ends. On the occasion of PM's visit, UAE Govt decides to allot land for building a temple in Abu Dhabi," tweeted external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup.
Modi later reached out to Indian workers in the UAE to know their problems and discussed ways how the Indian government can help them.
Modi, the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the country in 34 years, interacted with Indian workers at their camps I-CAD Residential Labour Camp that houses thousands of migrant labourers from the Indian subcontinent in an area spread over one square kilometre.
There are nearly 2.6 million Indians in UAE, which constitutes 30 per cent of the total population.
Modi meets NRI investors
Modi also met leading NRI investors in UAE, who briefed him about various projects they are investing in India.
Businessmen led by Abu Dhabi Chamber Director board member, Yusuffali M A briefed the Prime Minister about the prevailing business scenario in the UAE and also about the challenges faced by them while investing in India.
In the meeting, Modi, the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the country in 34 years, appealed to NRI investors to renew their efforts to bring in more investments into the country especially in the infrastructure and related fields and highlighted the role of 'Make-in-India' for the future generation of Indians.
Kamal Vachani, Group Director, Al Maya Group and Regional Director (Middle East) of Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council (ESC) said the entire community is excited about the visit.
"This visit will further boost the relations between India and UAE as India is the 3rd largest trading partner with UAE," he said.
- Published in National