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India’s PM Modi to Inaugurate BAPS Temple during UAE Visit, Followed by Bilateral Meeting With the Qatar Emir in Doha  The Prime Minister will participate in the World Government Summit 2024. He will be the Guest of Honour and is expected to deliver a special keynote address.

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to visit the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on February 13-14, 2024. This will be PM Modi’s seventh visit to the UAE since 2015 and the third in the last eight months, Foreign Secretary, Vinay Kwatra said on Saturday.

During his two-day visit, PM Modi will inaugurate the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi on February 14. “The inauguration programme of BAPS temple is one of the key parts of PM Modi’s UAE visit…,” Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra said on Monday. Besides this, the Prime Minister will also address the Indian community in the UAE at an event in Zayed Sports city in Abu Dhabi.

PM Modi will hold bilateral meetings with UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The two leaders will discuss ways to further deepen, expand and strengthen the strategic partnership between the countries and exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest. PM Modi will also meet Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the vice president, prime minister and defence minister of the UAE.

The Prime Minister will participate in the World Government Summit 2024. He will be the Guest of Honour and is expected to deliver a special keynote address.

He is also scheduled to address the Indian community in the UAE at an event in Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi on February 13. According to news agency, the ‘Ahlan Modi’ event in Abu Dhabi has witnessed an unprecedented response, with over 65,000 registrations received. However, the event was scaled down due to inclement weather conditions. Now, between 35,000 and 40,000 persons, including those presenting cultural programmes, will attend the event.

He will later will inaugurate the BAPS Mandir, the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi on February 14. BAPS Hindu Mandir is set to become the Middle East’s first traditional Hindu stone temple. The temple sits on 27 acres of land that was generously gifted by the UAE leadership. The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, donated 13.5 acres of land in 2015 to construct the mandir.

PM Modi to visit Qatar

“After completing his UAE visit on February 14, the PM will travel to Doha on February 14 afternoon. During the visit, PM Modi will hold bilateral with Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad, the Emir of Qatar, and high dignitaries in Qatar … this will be the PM’s second visit to Qatar… strong bilateral trade between India and Qatar, currently stands at $20 billion,” the foreign secretary said.

Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said Prime Minister Modi had personally supervised developments in the case. “We are gratified by Qatar’s decision to release the Indians,” he said.

The foreign secretary said Modi and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, will hold wide-ranging talks to further expand bilateral ties.

The Indians returned 46 days after their death sentences handed last October were commuted to jail terms of varying duration. The eight ex-Navy men reportedly faced charges of espionage but neither Qatari authorities nor New Delhi made the charges against them public.

Earlier to this, in Abu Dhabi, Sunday , Indian Ambassador to the UAE, Sunjay Sudhir also expressed the high enthusiasm among people to hear Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for a developed India, termed as ‘Viksit Bharat.’ The ‘Ahlan Modi’ event, scheduled for February 13 during PM Modi’s UAE visit, has garnered immense interest, prompting the closure of registrations after reaching the capacity of 65,000 attendees. The Indian diaspora eagerly anticipates PM Modi’s address during this significant gathering.

-With Agency Input

Dr. M Shahid Siddiqui (PhD), Follow via X (Twitter) @shahidsiddiqui

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