PM Modi lays foundation for first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi – Trend Socially

PM Modi lays foundation for first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday visited Wahat Al Karama, the war memorial in Abu Dhabi, and paid tribute to UAE’s martyrs.

He then travelled to Dubai to witness the foundation stone-laying ceremony for the first Hindu temple in the capital of the UAE and addressed the Indian community at the Dubai Opera.

The Prime Minister arrived in Abu Dhabi from Jordan on the second leg of his three-nation tour on Saturday and was received by Mohammed Bin Zayed and other members of the Royal family at the airport.

PM Modi held wide-ranging talks with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as India and the UAE signed five agreements, including a historic pact awarding a consortium of Indian oil companies a 10% stake in offshore oil concession.

Later today, PM Modi will deliver a keynote address at the World Government Summit in Dubai where India is a guest of honour this year. He will make inaugural address on the theme: ‘Technology for development’.

From the UAE, Modi will travel to Oman.

Here are the live updates:

3.01pm: PM Modi begins his keynote address at the World Government Summit in Dubai.

2.30pm: PMO tweets that Modi spoke to the business leaders at length about the economic opportunities in India and the series of reforms undertaken in the last three-and-a-half years.

1.55pm: PM Modi meets with business leaders from Gulf Cooperation Council countries.



12.14pm: PM Modi tells the community, “The dreams you have here and in India, I assure you, we will make them reality before the set timeframe.”

12.12pm: On GST and demonetisation, the Prime Minister says, “When change has to be brought about, there will be difficulties.”

He assures the community that the “country is changing.”

12.10pm: “India’s leap in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Rankings from 142 to 100 is unprecedented. But we are not satisfied at this, we want to do better. We will do whatever it takes to make it possible,” he says.

12.08pm: On the construction of the temple in Abu Dhabi, Modi says, “I want to thank His Highness Crown Price on behalf of 125 crore Indians for the grand temple which will be constructed.”

“In our tradition, the temple is a conduit for humanity. I believe this temple will not be only unique in terms of architecture and splendour, but will also give a message of ‘Vasudaiva Kutumbakam’ to people across the world.”

12.01pm: Modi says, “I thank the Gulf countries which provided almost 30 lakh people from India a home-like environment, away from home, here.”

11.56am: The Prime Minister begins his address at the Indian community reception programme. “It is my honour to have the opportunity to speak to you again,” he tells the audience.

11.53am: PM Modi unveils a model of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Hindu temple and officially launches the project. The model of the temple was covered in palm leaves to symbolise the UAE.

Modi laid the foundation stone for the temple via video conferencing.

Temple Committee members had presented the temple literature to Modi and Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan last evening in Abu Dhabi. The temple will come up on 55,000 square metres of land.

The temple will be hand-carved by Indian temple artisans and assembled in the UAE. It will be completed by 2020, and open to people of all religious backgrounds. It will be the first traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East, said a spokesperson from the BAPS.

11.46am: Indian ambassador to UAE Navdeep Singh Suri welcomes the Prime Minister.

11.41am: PM Modi arrives at the Dubai Opera.

11.00pm: In Dubai, PM Modi will interact with the Indian community at an event at the Opera House.

10.30am: Prime Minister Modi at the Wahat Al Karama war memorial in Abu Dhabi to pay tribute to martyrs. After laying the wreath, Modi took a tour of the memorial and put his thoughts on the visitors’ book.

Literally meaning “oasis of dignity”, Wahat Al Karama comprises 31 massive aluminium-clad tablets, each leaning on the other, symbolising the unity, solidarity and mutual support that bind together the leadership and citizens of the United Arab Emirates with the servicemen and women who protect them, reports PTI.

The long spine at the rear of the memorial is engraved with the Pledge of Allegiance of the UAE Armed Forces and symbolically supports the other panels.



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