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Narendra Modi Dubai to Abu Dhabi – High Expectations from NaMo

Narendra Modi Dubai to Abu Dhabi News Update: High expectations from Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he heads to Dubai and Abu Dhabi for a two day Emirates getaway. Team Niti rounds it all up.

Manoj C G wrote for The Indian Express as to why PM Modi’s visit to the UAE could be among his most significant foreign visits so far. He states that it is Mr. Modi’s maiden visit to an Islamic country and also mentioned that the profile of the expatriate Indian Population in the UAE is very different from the one in the US or Germany or in China.

It is added that the typical Indian expat in the UAE is a blue-collar worker. Some 50% are in unskilled or semi-skilled jobs, and 30% are in medium-skilled professions. Only about 20% Indians are highly skilled professionals. Also almost no one is a permanent resident of the UAE. Unlike the Indians in the US sooner or later, they will all return to India.

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The Times of India while quoting B R Shetty, member of the organising committee for Mr. Modi’s public reception in the UAE during his visit to the nation mentioned that,

“As soon as we opened the registration, we received over 15,000 requests. The numbers swelled quickly and this (Wednesday) afternoon we had over 42,000 registrations completed successfully. We expect over 50,000 to register and our estimate on that day is an audience of 40,000 people, considering some of the registered people may not turn up.”

The New Indian Express quoting from PM’s statement ahead of his UAE visit mentioned that,

“India is UAE’s second largest trading partner and the UAE is India’s third largest trade partner.”

The news report also mentioned that the India-UAE trade crossed $59 billion in 2014-15, making the country India’s third largest trading partner after China and the US.

Gulf News General mentioned about PM Modi visiting UAE and meeting His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai during his visit. The report also mentioned that the focus during the visit would be on energy, trade and security partnership between the two nations. The report also mentions that Mr. Modi’s predecessor Manmohan Singh had planned to visit the UAE twice but cancelled his travel plans due to domestic engagements.

The report also mentions that,

“Meanwhile, Modi is expected to visit a labour accommodation, in addition to his official engagements, and attend a public reception hosted by members of Indian community at Dubai Cricket Stadium on August 17.”

The Diplomat carried a piece by Harsh V Pant where Mr. Pant mentions that

“India’s policy toward the Middle East has often been viewed through the prism of Indian–Iranian relations. The international community, and the West in particular, has been obsessed with New Delhi’s ties to Tehran, while missing India’s much more substantive simultaneous engagement with Arab Gulf states and Israel. India’s engagements with Arab states in the Middle East have gained momentum in the last few years, even as Iran continued to hog the limelight. India wants to secure energy supplies and consolidate economic and trade relations with the Gulf States, while those states (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, or the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council) have adopted a “Look East” policy that has allowed them to carve out a much more substantive relationship with India than in the past.”

Ketki Angre wrote for NDTV that,

“It will be a packed two day visit for Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he travels to Abu Dhabi and Dubai this Sunday. It’s the first visit by an Indian PM to the United Arab Emirates in 34 years, the last one being late Indira Gandhi who travelled there in 1981.”

Suhasini Haider wrote for The Hindu as to how PM’s sudden UAE’s trip took many by surprise. She mentions that,

“The decision has left many wondering on whether there is a “big ticket” announcement expected to be made on either investments or on security cooperation.”

Gulf News in a report quoted PM Modi talk about his UAE visit,

“I will hold extensive talks with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, whose enlightened vision and farsightedness has taken UAE to new heights of development. I will meet His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE. One of the places that I will visit in UAE is the Masdar City, a zero carbon city, which is an effort towards creating a cleaner and greener tomorrow.”

Arabian Business also quoted PM Modi say that on his visit to the UAE he is keen on meeting Indians who work there in huge numbers.

“I specially look forward to meeting the large community of Indian workers based in UAE. No words will be enough to appreciate their hardwork and sweat over the last many years.”


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