Prime Minister Narendra Modi held wide-ranging talks with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed bin Zayed
Al Nahyan on Saturday as the two sides signed five agreements including a historic pact awarding a
consortium of Indian oil companies a 10% stake in offshore oil concession.
The Prime Minister who is visiting the United Arab Emirates for the second time after his 2015 trip to
the country was personally received by Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and
other members of the Royal family.
“PM @narendramodi arrives in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates to a ceremonial welcome. In a gesture of
warmth and goodwill, PM was personally received by Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and other members of the
Royal family. UAE is a valued partner in an important region of the world,” tweeted Ministry of
External Affairs (MEA).
Prime Minister Modi, who is here on his second visit to the UAE, held wide-ranging talks with and
Mohammed Bin Zayed.
After their talks, the two sides signed five agreements related to energy sector, railways, manpower
and financial services.
An MOU between Indian Consortium (OVL, BPRL & IOCL) and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) was
signed for the acquisition of a 10 percent participating interest in the Abu Dhabi’s offshore Lower
Zakum Concession, a statement issued by the Indian embassy here said.
The Prime Minister will have a busy schedule with meetings lined up with the country’s leaders, the
Indian community, and businessmen. He will hold talks with the top leadership of the Gulf nation and witness
signing of nearly a dozen agreements to bolster political and economic ties.
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.
“The first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi will come up on 55,000 square meters of land and the
the groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday will be a historic event,” said Indian Ambassador to the UAE Navdeep
The Indian Prime Minister will flag off laying of the temple’s foundation stone during the community
“On Sunday, you will see a groundbreaking ceremony, which is going to be live-streamed into Dubai Opera
House. It’s going to be tradition meeting technology,” Suri said.
The UAE is home to over three million people of Indian origin.
He will proceed to the venue of the World Government Summit where he will deliver a keynote address.