UAE gears up to welcome first Indian PM since Indira Gandhi

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 10, 2015 00:59 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on August 16 and 17, his first trip to the Gulf region after assuming office in May 2014.

Modi will visit Abu Dhabi and Dubai during his two-day trip. Preparations are on in full-wing to give the Prime Minister a rousing public reception by the Indian community, rare for visiting leaders to the region.

This would be a key highlight of Modi’s visit to the UAE.

“An organising committee has been formed... Transport arrangements are being made to make this a grand success,” the Indian Community Welfare Committee said in a statement.

The reception is expected to be similar to events Modi addressed in the US, Canada, Australia and other countries he travelled to since assuming office.

The UAE is home to an Indian community of more than 2.6 million, the biggest expatriate community in the region.

A website and a Facebook page have also been set up to facilitate visits to the reception, which will take place at the Dubai international cricket stadium on August 17.

Modi’s visit will focus on energy, investment trade and security partnership between India and the UAE.

A bilateral trade of around $60 billion made the UAE India’s third largest trading partner in 2014 after China and the US.

The last Indian prime minister to visit the UAE was Indira Gandhi in 1981.

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and joint secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office Javed Ashraf had visited UAE on Sunday to firm up the agenda of Modi’s visit to the country.

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