Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit zero-carbon Masdar City in Abu Dhabi tomorrow (Monday) as part of a two day visit to the UAE, aimed at strengthening ties between the nations.
He will also be visiting a camp housing Indian workers during the high-profile trip.
Modi is the first Indian leader to visit the Emirates in 34 years and he will be holding talks with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi on trade and investment opportunities.
He is visiting Masdar in order to observe the concept of a “smart city” – which is part of his vision for the future of idea. He called it “an effort towards creating a cleaner and greener tomorrow”.
In a Facebook post, Modi said: ” The economic strides taken by UAE are extremely admirable. UAE is a global economic success story that has attracted people from all over the world. UAE has also emerged as an important logistics hub. UAE and India’s strong partnership goes back several years. Both are multicultural societies that respect and celebrate plurality and diversity.
“During my visit, I seek to enhance cooperation in energy, trade and will talk to investors on why India is an attractive destination to invest. I am certain my visit will boost people-to-people ties between our nations.
“UAE and India’s strong partnership goes back several years. Both are multicultural societies that respect and celebrate plurality and diversity. During my visit I seek to enhance cooperation in energy trade and will talk to investors on why India is an attractive destination to invest. I am certain my visit will boost people-to-people ties between our nations.”
India is currently the UAE’s second largest trading partner and UAE is India’s third largest, after China and the USA. There are also approximately 2.5 million Indian workers in the Emirates.
Modi said: “They [the workers] have contributed immensely to the progress of UAE and also given back to India at every occasion.
“No words will be enough to appreciate their hard work and sweat over many years.”
Modi will also be visiting Sheikh Zayed Mosque and making a speech at Dubai Cricket Stadium with an estimated audience of 50,000 set to attend.