FEBRUARY 13, 2024
Prime Minister Modi is set to inaugurate the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi, the ‘Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha’ (BAPS) Mandir, marking a historic moment for the Indian community in the UAE. Alongside the temple inauguration, he will address the Indian diaspora at an event in Zayed Sports City, underscoring the significance of cultural and community ties between India and the UAE.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United Arab Emirates heralds a significant chapter in the bilateral relations between the two nations. Scheduled for two days, this visit underscores the commitment to fortify the strategic partnership between India and the UAE. High-level discussions between Prime Minister Modi and UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan are anticipated to delve into avenues for further collaboration across various sectors while addressing pertinent regional and global issues.
In addition to the bilateral meeting, Prime Minister Modi’s itinerary encompasses engagements aimed at fostering cultural and economic ties. His participation in the World Government Summit 2024 in Dubai reflects India’s proactive engagement on the global stage. The inauguration of the BAPS Mandir in Abu Dhabi underscores the cultural affinity and the thriving Indian community in the UAE.
Moreover, Prime Minister Modi’s visit underscores the robust economic relationship between India and the UAE. The recent agreements, including the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement and the Local Currency Settlement System, aim to facilitate smoother trade and investment flows between the two countries. With bilateral trade touching 85 billion dollars and significant investments, both nations continue to strengthen their economic partnership.
Prime Minister Modi’s subsequent visit to Qatar underscores India’s multifaceted engagement in the Gulf region. The bilateral discussions with Amir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad are expected to further enhance cooperation in diverse fields, consolidating India’s ties with another key Gulf nation.