Dubai cricket stadium to host Modi: It’s now official. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to the UAE has ben confirmed by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs,
A brief statement posted on the ministry’s website on Tuesday said: “At the invitation of His Highness General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will pay an official visit to UAE on August 16-17, 2015.”
“The Prime Minister will also meet with His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai during the visit,” it added.
The Ambassador of India to the UAE T.P. Seetharam told Gulf News: “We are delighted that Prime Minister Modi has decided to come to the UAE. In fact, we have been preparing for this visit for a very long time. We really hope that this historic visit will transform the already strong ties between India and the UAE into a stronger bond and take it to the next level.”
Despite the short notice, Modi can expect a rock star-like reception at the public event being organised on August 17 at the Dubai International Stadium (DIS) in the Dubai Sprots City (DSC).
The DSC staff is working round-the-clock to handle the logistics and orchestrate the variables to make the event a success. The stadium’s central ground, dubbed the ‘Ring of Fire’ because of the 350 special floodlights that are fixed around the circumference and light up the centre in a series that does not allow a single shadow, is the place from where Modi will address the 30,000-strong Indian expat crowd.
Dorothee Petz, Event Manager of DSC, told Gulf News of the logistical arrangements being made. “The stadium has a seating capacity of 25,000. However, we lose seats in grandstands for security reasons and camera angles, hence the seated capacity will be 20,000. We are covering the centre area on the pitch with event tiling to have another 10,000 seats in theatre style. Capacity at the venue will be for 30,000 people on that day. There will be an area for public viewing outside the stadium for people who do not have registrations.” Read More