Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the first Indian PM to visit the UAE in 34 years was received by HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, along with his five brothers, at the airport.
Prime Minister Modi began his two-day trip to the UAE by visiting the historic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the world’s third largest mosque, that is known as a masterpiece of Islamic architecture. PM Modi wore a kurta and stole and spent nearly an hour at the mosque. He was given a guided tour by a minister in waiting for foreign affairs.
PM Modi expressed his delight at visiting the magnificent mosque that he said will be a symbol of peace, piety, harmony and inclusiveness that are inherent to the faith of Islam.
He also recalled the extraordinary vision of the late president of the UAE HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
The UAE minister of culture Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan and minister of state for foreign affairs Dr Anwar Gargash were also present at the mosque and several NRIs visited so as to catch sight of PM Modi.
UAE allots land for temple in Abu Dhabi
On the occasion of the visit of Prime Minister Modi, the UAE government announced its decision to allot land to build a temple in Abu Dhabi.
PM Modi thanked the UAE leadership for the landmark decision.
Later PM Modi interacted with Indian workers at their camps and discussed ways India can help them. The camps house thousands of migrant labourers from India.
About 2.6 million Indians constitute nearly 30 percent of the population of the UAE. A large percentage are from Bihar and many are Muslims.