Highlights: Seeing a mini-India in Oman, says PM Modi in address to Indian community

PM Modi addressed the Indian community in Dubai and delivered a keynote address at the World Government Summit. Later in the day, he flew to Oman where he addressed the Indian community in Muscat and met the Sultan of Oman. Below are the highlights of his visit:

india Updated: Feb 11, 2018 23:45 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the Indian community at Sultan Qaboos sports complex in Muscat on February 11.(Twitter/Raveesh Kumar)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday visited Wahat Al Karama, the war memorial in Abu Dhabi, and paid tribute to UAE’s martyrs.

He then travelled to Dubai to witness the foundation stone-laying ceremony for the first Hindu temple in the capital of the UAE and addressed the Indian community at the Dubai Opera.

Later on Sunday, PM Modi delivered a keynote address at the World Government Summit in Dubai where India is a guest of honour this year. He gave the inaugural address on the theme: ‘Technology for development’.

The Prime Minister arrived in Abu Dhabi from Jordan on the second leg of his three-nation tour on Saturday and was received by Mohammed Bin Zayed and other members of the Royal family at the airport.

He held wide-ranging talks with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as India and the UAE signed five agreements, including a historic pact awarding a consortium of Indian oil companies a 10% stake in offshore oil concession.

From the UAE, Modi flew to Oman, the last stop of his three-nation tour.

Here are the highlights:

11.39 pm: Modi led delegation-level talks with the Sultan of Oman. The two strategic partners discussed to strengthen cooperation in trade & investment, energy, defence & security, food security and regional issues.

11.35 pm: PM Modi meets Sultan of Oman Qaboos Bin Said Al Said.

9.55 pm:

9. 30 pm: I consider you to be an important part of nation’s development, a partner. The effect of your resolutions in fulfilling the dream of New India will also be seen in India: PM Modi to Indian community in Oman.

9: 25pm: Prior to 2014, the LED bulb was available for more than Rs 350. Now it is available for Rs 40-45. People who are using these bulbs are collectively saving around Rs 15,000 crore in their electricity bills: PM Modi

9.20 pm: Next generation infrastructure is being developed in the country keeping in mind the needs of 21st century. We are working towards making transportation sector co-dependent. Highway, airway, railway and waterway are being integrated together according to each other needs: PM Modi in Oman

9.17pm: In this year’s budget, we have announced the Ayushmaan Bharat policy through which 10 crore households, which means an estimate of 45-50 crore people, will be provided with health insurance: PM Modi.

9.15 pm:

9.12 pm: We are providing insurance at a premium of 90 paise per day and Rs 1 per month to poor people. One cannot get a cup of tea in 90 paise, I know because I was a tea seller: PM Modi

9.04 pm: Minimum Government - Maximum Governance- with this slogan we are working towards making common man’s life easy and simple: Modi.

9.01 pm: Today, every Indian is working towards realising a New India. We are working towards creating an India where the poorest of the poor can strive to achieve their dream: PM Modi

Making procedures simpler, abolishing unnecessary laws, listening to people’s problems with sincerity and taking action on them are involved in the culture of our governance: Modi

9.00 pm: PM Modi says the 8 lakh Indians in Oman are goodwill ambassadors who have contributed to the development of the country.

9:00 pm: His Majesty Sultan has an inseparable bond with India. He has given me the opportunity to speak from here (the stadium), this holds a huge significance. I’m extremely thankful to him for this gesture: PM Modi

8:50 pm: In the past 3 years, we have been strengthening our relation with Gulf nations and this has given a new leash of energy to India-Oman ties: Modi

8.47 pm: The relation between India and Oman is several thousand years old... Wooden boats would come to Lothal from Oman... there was a spell in between where we lost our freedom but our business ties and relations with Oman stayed strong: PM Modi.

8.48 pm: 10 years ago, I was to visit Africa as the chief minister of Gujarat. I passed by Salalah, stayed there for some time, met some people and today I again got the opportunity to meet them. I wanted to visit Oman since a long time: PM Narendra Modi in Muscat.

8.45 pm: Got the opportunity to give the keynote at World Government Summit in Dubai .... it’s reflects the respect India has earned at global state: PM Modi

8.40 pm: I welcome my country men who have assembled here in such huge numbers: PM Modi

If I start welcoming everyone in every language spoken in India, it will take hours. This diversity is not seen anywhere else: Modi

Today, I’m seeing a mini-India in Oman: PM Modi

7.26 pm: Prime Minister will be speaking from the royal box in Sultan Qaboos sports complex.

The royal box is used only by Sultan of Oman Qaboos bin Said al Said and PM will be first visiting dignitary who is being given honour of addressing the community from there, India ambassador to Oman, Indra Mani Pandey, had said on Saturday.

7.22 pm: PM greets Indian community outside Grand Hyatt hotel in Muscat.

Twitter/Raveesh Kumar

7.03 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets deputy prime minister for the council of ministers of Oman Sayyid Fahad bin Mahmood Al-Said.

6.25 pm: PM receives ceremonial reception on arrival.

6.20 pm: PM Modi reaches Muscat.

5.13 pm: PM Modi leaves for Muscat, Oman.

4.30 pm:

4.20 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets France Prime Minister Édouard Philippe on the sidelines of World Government Summit in Dubai.

3.30pm: Modi says, “We live in an interconnected, interlinked and interdependent world. In the coming times, we will need to face our problems together, and in this technology will play a big role.”

3.27pm: The Prime Minister says, “India’s Mars mission has been a greater success than what movies from Hollywood show.”

3.25pm: “I feel that the next technology revolution will be linked to solar energy. In the last three years, we have generated 62 gigawatts of renewable energy,” he says.

3.22pm: Modi says, “India’s unique identity programme (Aadhaar) is the largest in the world. My government’s motto is ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas’. With Aadhaar, we have plugged leakages worth $8 billion.”

3.18pm: “We need to follow the six ‘R’s that stand for reduce, reuse, recycle, recover, redesign and remanufacture, this will lead to rejoice meaning ‘anand’,” Modi says.

3.15pm: He says, “Despite these immense strides, we have not ended poverty or malnutrition. On the other hand, a huge amount of time and money is going to into making better missiles and bombs. We must remain vigilant that technology is used for mankind’s development and doesn’t destroy it.”

3.11pm: Modi says, “Technology has empowered the common man,which has given a fillip to minimum government, maximum governance. The ‘E’ in e-governance stands for effective, efficient, easy, empower and equitable.”

3.09pm: “Technology is changing at the speed of thought. Necessity is not the mother of invention anymore. Inventions are creating necessity,” he says.

3.07pm: Modi says, “In last 25 years the maternal mortality went down by 1/3rd in India and 1/2 across the world.”

3.06pm: The Prime Minister praises Dubai, saying it is unparalleled in its use of technology for development.

3.05pm: Modi says, “It is a matter of pride for not only me but also the 125 crore people of India that I have been called as the Chief Guest at the 6th edition of World Government Summit.”

3.01pm: PM Modi begins his keynote address at the World Government Summit in Dubai.

2.30pm: PMO tweets that Modi spoke to the business leaders at length about the economic opportunities in India and the series of reforms undertaken in the last three-and-a-half years.

2.20 pm: PM Modi meets Kyrgyzstan’s Prime Minister Sapar Isakov.

1.55pm: PM Modi meets with business leaders from Gulf Cooperation Council countries.


12.14pm: PM Modi tells the community, “The dreams you have here and in India, I assure you, we will make them reality before the set timeframe.”

12.12pm: On GST and demonetisation, the Prime Minister says, “When change has to be brought about, there will be difficulties.”

He assures the community that the “country is changing.”

12.10pm: “India’s leap in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Rankings from 142 to 100 is unprecedented. But we are not satisfied at this, we want to do better. We will do whatever it takes to make it possible,” he says.

12.08pm: On the construction of the temple in Abu Dhabi, Modi says, “I want to thank His Highness Crown Price on behalf of 125 crore Indians for the grand temple which will be constructed.”

“In our tradition, the temple is a conduit for humanity. I believe this temple will not be only unique in terms of architecture and splendour, but will also give a message of ‘Vasudaiva Kutumbakam’ to people across the world.”

12.01pm: Modi says, “I thank the Gulf countries which provided almost 30 lakh people from India a home-like environment, away from home, here.”

11.56am: The Prime Minister begins his address at the Indian community reception programme. “It is my honour to have the opportunity to speak to you again,” he tells the audience.

11.53am: PM Modi unveils a model of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Hindu temple and officially launches the project. The model of the temple was covered in palm leaves to symbolise the UAE.

Modi laid the foundation stone for the temple via video conferencing.

Temple Committee members had presented the temple literature to Modi and Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan last evening in Abu Dhabi. The temple will come up on 55,000 square metres of land.

The temple will be hand-carved by Indian temple artisans and assembled in the UAE. It will be completed by 2020, and open to people of all religious backgrounds. It will be the first traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East, said a spokesperson from the BAPS.

11.46am: Indian ambassador to UAE Navdeep Singh Suri welcomes the Prime Minister.

11.41am: PM Modi arrives at the Dubai Opera.

11.00pm: In Dubai, PM Modi will interact with the Indian community at an event at the Opera House.

10.30am: Prime Minister Modi at the Wahat Al Karama war memorial in Abu Dhabi to pay tribute to martyrs. After laying the wreath, Modi took a tour of the memorial and put his thoughts on the visitors’ book.

Literally meaning “oasis of dignity”, Wahat Al Karama comprises 31 massive aluminium-clad tablets, each leaning on the other, symbolising the unity, solidarity and mutual support that bind together the leadership and citizens of the United Arab Emirates with the servicemen and women who protect them, reports PTI.

The long spine at the rear of the memorial is engraved with the Pledge of Allegiance of the UAE Armed Forces and symbolically supports the other panels.

First Published: Feb 11, 2018 10:34 IST