NEW DELHI: PM Narendra Modi will visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi during his two-day visit to UAE starting on Sunday. The third largest mosque in the world, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is known to symbolize the cultural diversity of the Islamic world.
Modi had visited a dargah during his visit to Turkmenistan in June, and a photograph of him standing at the shrine alongside two Muslim clerics became popular on social media. The visit by Modi to UAE, one of India’s top trading partners, will be the first by an Indian PM to that country in 34 years.
Modi is expected to reach Abu Dhabi on August 16. The Prime Minister will begin his engagements in UAE with a visit to the upcoming Masdar city on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi. This is said to be significant in light of Modi’s own smart city initiative.
Modi will also visit Dubai on August 17 where he will address the Indian community at the Dubai cricket ground. According to local organizers, more than 48,000 have already registered for the event.
Modi said on his facebook page Thursday that he was sure the visit was going to further boost people to people ties between the two countries,
“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,” said Modi. With investments worth over $3 billion, UAE is already the tenth biggest investor in India.
According to the government, UAE is home to an Indian expatriate community of more than 2.6 million. About 20% of the community is professionally qualified.