Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit the United Arab Emritaes (UAE) on 16 and 17 August. His first stop will be at Abu Dhabi, where he will visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and then travel to Dubai to address the Indian community.
Modi will close a gap of more than three decades since an Indian prime minister last visited the UAE. Former PM Indira Gandhi visited the Emirates in 1981.
The trip has obvious economic dimensions given that the UAE is India's third largest trade partner, while the latter is second on the former's list.
Modi will hold discussions with the UAE on trade, energy and security and fast-track investments, especially in areas such as infrastructure.
"During my visit, I seek to enhance cooperation in energy, trade and will talk to investors on why India is an attractive destination to invest. I am certain my visit will boost people-to-people ties between our nations," Modi said in a statement on his Facebook page.
The highlight of the trip will be Modi's visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which is known as the third largest mosque in the world.
Equally significant will be his address to Indians living in the UAE, with almost 50,000 people having already registered for the event to be held on 17 August at the Dubai Cricket Association (DCA) Stadium.
While in Abu Dhabi, Modi will also visit the Masdar City, which is known as a zero carbon city that runs on solar energy. The visit is expected to provide inputs for Modi's for his 'Smart Cities' initiative.
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You can also check live streaming on Modi's personal website.
The details about Modi's address to the Indian community are available on the website www.namoindubai.ae developed by the Indian Community Welfare Committee that is organising the mega event.
The committee has also set up a YouTube channel for the event, where it is likely to show the live streaming of Modi's speech.
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My visit to UAE will boost ties between our nations & will enhance economic as well as trade relations. http://t.co/MLcGL9nNMz
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 13, 2015