India's PM Modi to have packed schedule during 2018 UAE visit
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have a busy schedule in the UAE, with meetings lined up with the country's leaders, the Indian community and businessmen, India's envoy here has said. Modi will reach here on Saturday from Palestine and then will have bilateral engagements in Abu Dhabi followed by a banquet, India's ambassador to the UAE Navdeep Singh Suri said. This would be Modi's second visit to the country. He had visited the UAE in 2015.
On Sunday, the prime minister will go to Dubai where he will watch the live streaming of a Hindu temple inauguration ceremony and then address the Indian community gathered at the Opera House. He has meetings lined up with Gulf business leaders.
"PM Modi is visiting the UAE on 10 February. There would be a state visit and during that visit 12 agreements will be signed between our countries," UAE Ambassador to India Ahmed Al Banna said.
The Prime Minister will deliver keynote address in the 6th World Government Summit in Dubai on February 10-11 in which India is a partner country. "(At the Summit) PM Modi will address a gathering of over 2,000 people, more than 26 heads of state, the Prime Minister?s ministers and more than 2,000 delegates from all over the world," Banna said. According to the Ambassador, these visits are important for enhancing and strengthening the bilateral relations.
"If we look at the investment from UAE to India, it exceeds USD 11 billion, about USD 4-5 billion in the format of FDI (foreign direct investment)," Banna said.
He pointed out that around 2.8 million Indians are living harmoniously in the UAE and repatriating USD 13.6 billion a year from the Gulf nation to India.