Modi’s UAE visit: Indian PM arrives in Dubai

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Gulf News journalists bring you live reports and exclusive stories into Narenda Modi’s visit to the UAE. Follow our coverage here.

Narendra Modi is scheduled to give an inaugural address at the World Government Summit later today. Get live updates on everything at the World Government Summit here.

10.30am: Narendra Modi’s speech

“Honoured audience, I am blessed to be able to have this opportunity to meet you once again.

I had the opportunity to meet HH Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed in 2016 when he came to India, as an honoured guest at our Republic Day.

After many years we have been able to establish such a profound and strong bond. It is not just a business partnership but a meaningful and enduring relationship.

For thousands of Indians, UAE is their second home and I commend the rulers of UAE who gave them this opportunity. Indians have woven dreams here.

This unique human partnership I have witnessed and I want to express my deep gratitude on behalf of all Indians to HH Shaikh Mohammad bin Zayed granting permission to build a temple here.

The temple is a unique symbol of religious tolerance and the Indian principle of Vasudhaiv Kutumbkam- one world one family.

The onus on all us Indians is that we must uphold the principles of tolerance and peace. A mini India resides in UAE.

The world is our stage and millions of Indians are progressing to new heights.

India once embodied a resigned spirit where people had lost hopes of progress.

But now in the last four years Indians know that if progress has to happen it will happen only now. We now have moved to the forefront in ease of doing business and  jumped 42 points ahead.

We are going to march to global excellence and reach new heights.

And it is our responsibility to be inclusive in our success where the benefits reach the weakest nations on earth and we truly realize the. one world one family principle.

We want to choose work that has true value and credit. Maybe these moves I make like demonetization is not a popular move. Similarly the GST rule. Work that has true value will eventually be popular.

Even if we move to a new house we experience difficulty in navigating our way . So also it is difficult to change the ways of 70 years . But we must believe our country is changing.

I had a very eventful meeting in Abu Dhabi and am very touched by your rousing welcome.

It has been a hectic journey of five countries in five days but I want to tell you the dreams that you have we will all realize those dreams earlier rather than later. This is my promise.”

10.16am: Temple groundbreaking ceremony

Indian Ambassador to UAE, Navdeep Singh Suri, welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He announced the commencement of the live groundbreaking ceremony of the Hindu temple now.

10.10am: Modi arrives at the Dubai Opera

The Indian PM is greeted by Vande Mataram slogans as he enters the iconic Dubai Opera. The auditorium erupted with Bharat Mata ki Jai and Modi chants.

The national anthems of both countries played to a pin drop silence of an emotionally rapt audience – who began singing the Indian national anthem in chorus.

 

9.42am: Understanding India’s soft power narrative

9:15am: Modi visits heroes’ memorial

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the Wahat Al Karama, a memorial for UAE martyrs in Abu Dhabi to pay tribue to the UAE’s fallen heroes.

About Wahat Al Karama

Wahat Al Karama is a memorial site built to honour the UAE’s martyrs that opened to visitors in 2016. The monument is open every day from 9am to 7pm – except on national occasions, events and visits from official delegations. Spanning across 46,000sqm. the monument is symbolically located between the Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the General Headquarters of the UAE Armed Forces.

8:52am: Indian musical show enthralls crowd

A large crowd of 1,700 people invited at the Dubai Opera were treated to an Indian classical music performance ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled appearance at the venue. The show featured Indian percussionist Bikram Ghosh.

8:01am: Indian community ready to give warm welcome

Members of the Indian diaspora braved the fog and the cold to welcome Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Dubai Opera on Sunday.

Crowd gathers at Dubai Opera

Modi, who is on his second visit to the UAE in two years, arrived in the country on Saturday.

The Indian prime minister will be witnessing the groundbreaking ceremony of a historic Hindu temple being constructed in Abu Dhabi through a live feed at the Dubai Opera on Sunday. 

The event, dubbed The Millennial Moment, is being attended by a 1,700-strong audience on an “invite-only” basis.

Modi is expected to address the audience at 9.30am.

Meanwhile, an instrumental Indian classical music programme is to be presented soon. 

7:29am: Crowd gathers at Dubai Opera

Ahead of Narendra Modi’s arrival in Dubai on Sunday, a crowd had started building up at the Dubai Opera where the Indian prime minister is expected to interact with the Indian community.

Dr Shyam, an Ayurveda practitioner in the UAE, tells Gulf News he is excited about the Indian prime minister’s visit and that he hopes Modi will talk about Ayurveda, a holistic treatment that originated in India, which he said is popular in the UAE.

About the Dubai Opera

Even by Dubai’s usually tall standards, its opera house is exceptional.

The 2,000-odd multi format theatre – it turns into a theatre, concert hall and has a ‘flat floor’ mode — Dubai Opera debuted in 2016 to the chords of Spanish tenor Placido Domingo. It has since played the roles of everything from audition house (for the recently concluded West End-production-with-UAE-talent Evita) to fine dining restaurant, to movie theatre with a difference; Harry Potter spun spells with a live orchestra in the backdrop in December.

Paying homage to the UAE’s maritime traditions, the dhow-design exterior of Dubai Opera, by architect Janus Rostock, does not belie what lies inside. A hall where snow may fall come winter (it did for the Nutcracker), where a cherry blossom blooms for the broken-hearted (Puccini’s Madame Butterfly) and where it’s possible to dance on rooftops (Mary Poppins).

What to expect from Day 2 of Modi’s UAE visit

Abu Dhabi/Dubai: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit Wahat Al Karama, a memorial for UAE martyrs in Abu Dhabi, and pay his respects to the fallen heroes on Sunday morning before leaving for Dubai.

The premier will interact with the Indian community at Dubai Opera later where he will also participate in the ground-breaking ceremony of the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi through livestreaming.

Modi’s other high-level engagements include a bilateral meeting with His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and a keynote address at the World Government Summit in Dubai on Sunday, in which India is the guest of honour.

Modi arrived in Abu Dhabi for a two-day official visit on Saturday, affirming long-standing historical ties between the UAE and India.

The Indian leader, who is on a four-nation Middle East tour, received a warm welcome from His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

As it happened on Saturday 

11.14pm: Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed tweets about a boost to the strategic ties between UAE and India. 

9.35pm: Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed and Indian Prime Minister Modi witness the signing of an agreement and three memoranda of understanding between the two countries to promote bilateral partnerships.

9.25pm: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed hold bilateral talks.

Indian PM Narendra Modi holds bilateral talks with Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. — Twitter

Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed tweets: “The Indian Prime Minister’s visit reflects our longstanding historical ties and is testament to our friendly bilateral relationship. His visit also demonstrates the approach embraced by the two leaderships to bolster our cooperation in all domains and follow up this strategic approach through effective mechanisms to ensure the fulfilment of their visions.”

8.25pm: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi oversees the signing of a number of agreements: On manpower; cooperation in railways; cooperation in inland waterways; and a deal between Bombay Stock Exchange and Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange. 

8pm: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the newly opened Presidential Palace. The ceremony is set to start any minute now. But first, he meets the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

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 Indian PM Narendra Modi is the first world leader to be hosted in the new Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi. – Binsal Abdul Kader / Gulf News

Modi is the first world leader to be hosted in the new Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, according to officials. 

7.45pm:  Dr Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, explains UAE-India strategic relations.

7.15: Iconic UAE buildings light up in Indian tricolour

LED lights on the skin of the ADNOC building in Abu Dhahi displays the Indian tricolour. The Burj Khalifa and other iconic buildings in the UAE also display the Indian flag on giant LED screens on Saturday for the Indian premier’s visit. — AFP

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in the UAE for two-day official visit.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, other shaikhs and senior officials welcomed Modi.

 

The prime minister held a bilateral meeting with Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed at Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, officials told Gulf News.  

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Agreements

Several agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) were signed between both nations on Saturday.

The most important agreements will be in the energy and manpower sectors, diplomatic sources told Gulf News on Saturday.

Shaikh Mohammad will host a banquet in honour of Modi after the bilateral talks and signing of the MoU.

Modi’s other high-level engagements include a bilateral meeting with His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and a keynote address at the World Government Summit in Dubai on Sunday, in which India is the guest of honour.

Modi reached the UAE after a historic visit to Palestine as the first Indian prime minister to visit the country, as part of a four-nation tour covering Jordan and Oman.

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UAE leaders set to welcome Modi to UAE

Modi is expected to visit Wahat Al Karama, a memorial for UAE martyrs in Abu Dhabi, and pay his respects to the fallen heroes on Sunday morning before leaving for Dubai.

The premier will interact with the Indian community at Dubai Opera later where he will also participate in the ground-breaking ceremony of the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi through livestreaming.

He will also have a meeting with Arab CEOs in Dubai. The prime minister will leave for Oman from Dubai to conclude the visit to the region.

This is Modi’s second visit to the UAE in two-and-a-half years, following his maiden visit in August 2015, which was the first official visit of an Indian prime minister to the UAE in 34 years after Indira Gandhi’s visit in 1981.

Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan also visited India twice in the same period: in February 2016 and January 2017.

The intensive high-level interactions elevated the bilateral relations into a comprehensive strategic partnership between the two nations.

 

With inputs from Binsal Abdul Kader, Senior Reporter





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