ABU DHABI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently addressing the much-anticipated ‘Ahlan Modi’ event in Abu Dhabi. This event is possibly one of the largest diaspora gatherings, with a staggering 65,000 individuals registered to attend it at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi. According to the organisers of the event, the event will feature the participation of 150 Indian community groups from various regions of India. Additionally, approximately 700 local performers will showcase a vibrant “cultural extravaganza” for the audience. The gathering serves as a tribute to the Indian ethos of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,” which espouses the belief in global brotherhood and inclusivity.
Here Are The Live Updates On PM Modi’s UAE Visit:
-Your energy is resounding, and I am overwhelmed by the love shown by all of you. I want to thank each and every one of you: PM Modi
-I have come to meet my family members. I have brought the fragrance of the soil where you were born and have brought the message of 140 crore people. The message is that Bharat is proud of you: PM tells the Indian diaspora
-Every breath in this stadium is saying India-UAE ‘Dosti Zindabad’ (Long live India-UAE friendship),” PM
-Today you have created history in Abu Dhabi. You all have come from various parts of the world but everyone’s heart is connected: PM
-India’s National anthem is being played ahead of the Ahlan Modi event at Zayed Sports City Stadium
-UK MP Priti Patel also joins ‘Ahlan Modi’ event in Abu Dhabi, calls it ”a celebration of diaspora”
-Incredibly honoured by the warm welcome from the Indian Community in Abu Dhabi today. The vibrancy of our diaspora never ceases to amaze me: PM Modi after meeting members of the Indian diaspora in Abu Dhabi
-PM Narendra Modi arrives at the Zayed Sports Stadium in Abu Dhabi, UAE for the ‘Ahlan Modi’ event. The PM will address the Indian diaspora here, shortly
#WATCH | PM Narendra Modi arrives at the Zayed Sports Stadium in Abu Dhabi, UAE for the ‘Ahlan Modi’ event.
-A huge crowd awaits PM Modi at Zayed Sports Stadium in Abu Dhabi for the ‘Ahlan Modi’ event
Abdulnasser Alshaali, the UAE’s Ambassador to India, emphasized the significance of PM Modi’s visit, describing it as “very important” for fostering stronger bilateral ties between the two nations. During his visit, Prime Minister Modi is slated to engage in discussions with President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, focusing on avenues to bolster and broaden their strategic partnership.
Inauguration of BAPS Hindu Temple
Adding to the significance of the visit, Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate the first Hindu temple, Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Mandit, in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. This inauguration underscores the growing cultural exchanges and religious tolerance between the two countries.
Shortly after his arrival here, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked UAE President Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for the BAPS Hindu Temple that will be inaugurated tomorrow and said that it reflects his love and respect for India. The two leaders also held a bilateral meeting in Abu Dhabi, during which MoUs were exchanged.
He also thanked the UAE President for accepting his invitation to be the Chief Guest at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in January.
“Brother, firstly, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to you for your warm welcome…Whenever I come to UAE, I have always felt as if I have come to my own home, to meet with the members of my own family,” PM Modi said during the bilateral meeting.
Expressing gratitude for the BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi, PM Modi said that this couldn’t have been possible without his love and support. “I consider the construction of BAPS temple here as a reflection of your love for India and your vision for the bright future of UAE. This couldn’t have been possible without your support. During our first meeting, I had just put up a simple request for you to look into it and you took a prompt decision, asking me to ‘Put your finger on any piece of land, you will get it’. Perhaps, this level of love and trust showcases the unique relationship,” PM Modi said.
Earlier, upon his arrival at the airport, PM Modi was welcomed by UAE President Al Nahyan. The two leaders shook hands and hugged each other. “Immensely grateful to my brother, HH @MohamedBinZayed, for taking the time to receive me at Abu Dhabi airport. I look forward to a productive visit which will further strengthen the friendship between India and UAE,” said PM Modi in a post on X.
PM Modi will be in the UAE from February 13-14 after which he will proceed to Doha.