New Delhi,August 17:Prime Minister Narendra Modi today visited Masdar City, a zero carbon city and will now meet a business delegation in Abu Dhabi as part of his UAE visit, the first by an Indian PM in 34 years.
He is on a two-day visit to the UAE to hold talks on enhancing cooperation in trade and security. On the first day, he visited an iconic mosque in Abu Dhabi and later interacted with Indian workers.
After lunch with the Ruler of Abu Dhabi, PM Modi will leave for Dubai where he will address the Indian diaspora at a cricket stadium. 50,000 people have registered for the event, whereas the capacity of the stadium is 40,000.
The PM also posed for a selfie at the mosque, which is constructed with marble brought in from all across the globe, including from India.
PM Modi then visited a residential camp that is home to some 28,000 Indians workers, where he interacted with nearly 300 of them.
Mr Modi was received by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi at the airport, in a departure from protocol.
Earlier, the PM had described the Gulf country as a "mini-India" close to his heart.
About 2.6 million Indians live in the UAE. "India and UAE have everything to be a top priority for each other. This is the way I look at the UAE. The Gulf region is vital for India's economic, energy and security interests," said PM Modi.
Improving trade and investment ties between the two nations is high on the PM's agenda and his trip is packed with business meetings. Trade with the UAE is pegged at $60 billion a year, down from 2013 but still third highest after trade with the US and China.
UAE's concern over the spread of Islamic State in the region is also expected to feature in talks.
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