Ahead of the mega 'Ahlan Modi' event in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday expected to host between 35,000 and 40,000 attendees, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the Indian diaspora and said he was proud of "their efforts to deepen India’s engagement with the world". He will also inaugurate the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi.
In a post on X, the Prime Minister said, "We are very proud of our diaspora and their efforts to deepen India’s engagement with the world".
"This evening, I look forward to being among UAE’s Indian diaspora at the #AhlanModi programme! Do join this memorable occasion,' he added.
'Ahlan Modi' is Welcome Modi in Arabic.
The highly-anticipated event is being dubbed as one of the biggest diaspora events of Prime Minister Modi. It will take place at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
The UAE currently hosts a significant Indian community, with approximately 3.5 million individuals constituting a vital part of the Indian workforce in the Gulf nation.
Before leaving for his trip to the United Arab Emirates today, the Prime Minister, in another post on X, said that over the next two days, which will also take him to Qatar, said he will "attend various programmes, which will deepen India's bilateral relations with these nations".
This will be the Prime Minister's seventh trip to the UAE since assuming office in 2014, and the second to Qatar.
He will hold talks with UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, whom he referred to as "my brother" in the post on X.
According to an official statement, the two leaders will engage in wide-ranging discussions to take forward the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.
While in the UAE, the Prime Minister will also inaugurate the BAPS Mandir, the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi.
"The BAPS temple will be an enduring tribute to the values of harmony, peace and tolerance, which both India and the UAE share," he said.
In Qatar, the Prime Minister will meet Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, as well as other high dignitaries in Qatar.