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Narendra Modi arrives in UAE for 2 day visit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Abu Dhabi on Sunday (August 16) on a two-day visit to the strategically-important UAE during which he will hold talks with the country’s top leadership to enhance cooperation in key areas of trade and security and address the Indian diaspora. Modi, who is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit this strategic Gulf nation in 34 years, was received by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, at the airport, in a departure from protocol. The Crown Prince was also accompanied by his five brothers. The last dignitary to be received by the Crown Prince, who is also the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, at the airport was King of Morocco in May this year. After the ceremonial welcome at the airport, Modi went to his hotel, Emirates Palace. His first public engagement is a visit to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a key place of worship in the UAE and known as a masterpiece of Islamic architecture. The mosque is third largest in the world after the ones in Mecca and Madina in Saudi Arabia. It is named after the founder and first President of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. However, the timing of Prime Minister’s visit to the mosque has been kept in such a way that it does not coincide with the evening prayers there.

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