As part of a hectic overseas schedule in 2018, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit the UAE on February 10 and 11. He will also address the sixth World Government Summit in Dubai, reported Khaleej Times.
The Indian Prime Minister will first visit Abu Dhabi and then proceed to Dubai. He will be in Abu Dhabi on February 10 and will pay tribute to the UAE martyrs at the Wahat Al Karama monument.
Modi will be the guest speaker at the World Government Summit which will be organised in Dubai from February 11 to 13.
Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, the minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future in the UAE Cabinet, and chairman of the World Government Summit highlighted the detailed agenda and key highlights of the World Government Summit.
The Minister informed that the three-day annual event will see India as the guest country. He said, “India has had a big role in space, digital revolution and human resources. We want to benefit from India's experiences to be able to develop people's quality of life.”
Modi is expected to showcase the country's emerging economic growth, highlight valuable knowledge, skills, and capabilities and elaborate on the country's unique culture.
Later, Modi will also address a gathering of 2,000 invited guests at the Dubai Opera.
Notably, this will be the Indian Prime Minister’s second visit to the UAE. He first visited the country in August 2015 and his trip was hailed as a grand success that heralded a new beginning for India-UAE bilateral relations.
His visit saw India and UAE strengthening cooperation in security, energy and investment through various strategic alliances.
Following Modi's visit, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, visited India in February 2016 and January 2017. He was also the chief guest at the Indian Republic Day celebrations on January 26, 2017.
The upcoming visit by Modi in February is seen by many as cementing the close relationship he shares with the UAE leadership, and also furthering cooperation in diplomatic, economic and security issues.