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Prime Minister Modi Speaks at Global Summit in UAE, Set to Inaugurate Grand Temple Later Today

IndiaPrime Minister Modi Speaks at Global Summit in UAE, Set to Inaugurate Grand Temple Later Today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second day in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is marked by a series of bilateral meetings and significant events, including the inauguration of a grand Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi.

The Prime Minister is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with Emir of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed ibn Rashid Al Maktoum. Following this, he will inaugurate Bharat Mart, a warehousing facility designed to showcase Indian products under one roof, similar to the concept of Dragon Mart for Chinese products in Dubai.

Later in the day, Prime Minister Modi will participate in the World Government Summit as the Guest of Honour, where he is expected to deliver a keynote address. Ahead of the summit, the iconic Burj Khalifa in Dubai illuminated with the words ‘Guest of Honor – Republic of India’.

Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum extended a warm welcome to India, highlighting the strong ties between the two nations as a model for international cooperation.

At around 6 pm local time, Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate the BAPS temple, UAE’s first traditional stone temple, located in Abu Dhabi’s Abu Mureikhah district. Spanning a 27-acre campus, the grand temple was constructed on land gifted by the UAE government. The temple’s construction, initiated in 2018, incurred an estimated cost of 400 million dirhams (approximately 900 crore rupees).

Expressing gratitude to UAE President Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his support, Prime Minister Modi acknowledged the temple’s significance as a symbol of India-UAE friendship and mutual trust.

Following the temple inauguration, Prime Minister Modi will proceed to the Qatari capital, Doha. The visit comes after India’s successful diplomatic efforts resulting in the release of eight Navy veterans imprisoned in Qatar. Scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Prime Minister is expected to return the following day.

During his first day in the Gulf region, Prime Minister Modi engaged in a bilateral meeting with UAE President Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, signing several Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs). He also attended a grand diaspora event, Ahlan Modi, expressing pride in the Indian community’s contributions and achievements.

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