Abu Dhabi (UAE), Aug 16: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on his maiden trip to the United Arab Emirates, visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque where he was greeted by a multitude of Indians chanting “Modi Modi”.
The Prime Minister entered the mosque, accompanied by his entourage where he was given a guided tour of the entire mosque. He listened attentively as he was given a description about the mosque’s history and architecture.
Some of the Indian staff members accompanying the Prime Minister into the mosque were, Padma Shree winner Yusuf Ali, Zafar sareshwala and Shamsheer Vayalil.
The UAE Emirates Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Sheikh Nahyan al Mubarak and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr Anwar Gargash were also seen accompanying the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister was seen laughing and sharing quips with the UAE officials and to cap it off, he took a selfie with the entire staff which he posted on his twitter account. At the end of the tour, he signed the visitors book, marking his presence as a visitor at the mosque.
As he stepped out, he was greeted by a throbbing crowd of Indians waiting to see the Prime Minsiter, chanting ‘Modi Modi’ loudly. Although he could not interact with the crowds he waved to them before finally entering his car and leaving the mosque.
Later in the day, the Prime Minister interacted with Indian workers at the ICAD Residential City here. He spoke with the Indian migrant labourers and their representatives and discussed issues of their working conditions.
The ICAD Residential City is a labour camp housing workers mostly from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.
The visit was seen as the Prime Minister’s attempt to reach out to the Indian migrants in an attempt to reassure them of the government’s support. Most Indians living in the camp hail from Bihar, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Around 500 Indian migrant workers interacted with Prime Minister Modi in a small sports hall in the camp known as ICAD Workers’ Village.
Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum will meet Prime Minister Modi on Monday. Their talks will most centre on investment, trade and energy. Terrorism is a common threat faced by both countries and there will be in depth discussion on that as well.
The Prime Minister will then interact with the Indian diaspora at the Dubai cricket stadium where around 50,000 people have registered to attend.
(With Agency Inputs)