Modi in UAE











By Dr Utpal Kataky from  Dubai  


As soon as the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s   two-day  visit to UAE was announced, on-line registration by the Indian  diaspora to attend a rally had started.

In  Abu Dhabi, on the 16th, the P.M. had a tight schedule when he, not only visited the Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the  Masdar  City  (world’s first sustainable eco-city) but also interacted with some blue-collar workers at a labour camp to understand their grievances if any.

On the 17th, In  Dubai, “Marhaba welcome NaMo”, organized the  rally in the International Cricket Stadium attended by over 51,000  Indians.

The event was of a magnitude unprecedented in the history of  this country. Since the stadium had a capacity of only 30,000, two giant  LCD screens were arranged for the spill over enthusiasts.

Interestingly, with soaring outside temperature,   temporary cooling system had been installed inside the stadium.

Preceeded by a colourful ethnic Indian cultural programme, the Prime  Minister was greeted with loud cheers by the crowd as he entered.

Mr.Modi used his oratorical diction for over an hour enthralling and  captivating the listeners with frequent rounds of applause.   Besides  narrating his government’s achievements in the past one year, the Prime Minister spoke about investment and trade potentials between  India  and  the UAE.

He touched on various developmental   schemes he had planned for the benefit of the common masses in  India  as well as plans for welfare schemes for the blue-collar NRIs in UAE. The highlights in his speech were   the stress to fight terror jointly by  India  and the UAE and settlement of burning issues with neighbouring countries through dialogue.

The Prime Minister concluded his visit by striking a deal on  India-UAE’s infrastructure investment fund and promoting bilateral peace  and stability in the region.   Mr. Modi thanked the UAE leaders and  the people for the ”˜unforgettable’ welcome bestowed on him.

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