PM Modi, who is here on a two-day official visit, was received by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the airport and accorded a ceremonial welcome.

In a significant gesture, five brothers of the crown prince were also present at the Abu Dhabi Presidential Airport to receive Modi, according to tweets by External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the UAE after three decades. In 1981, the then PM Indira Gandhi visited Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the biggest mosque in Abu Dhabi.

In a significant development, the UAE decided to allot land for building a temple in Abu Dhabi for the Indian community. “A long wait for the Indian community ends. On the occasion of PM's visit, UAE Govt decides to allot land for building a temple in Abu Dhabi," tweeted Swarup.

The crown prince emphasised the UAE's 'keenness to further broaden its scope of joint cooperation with India'. Later, Modi also visited the ICAD Residential City here, a labour camp housing about one lakh migrant workers from India and other countries of the subcontinent.

PM Modi interacted with a select group of Indian migrant workers at the ICAD city. The ICAD camp, spanning about 14 sq km, is also known as the ICAD Workers' Village, and was built three years ago for workers.

The PMO tweeted: "Team India in UAE, interacting with PM @narendramodi." In the evening, he discussed investment opportunities during a dinner hosted by the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), that controls the USD 800 billion sovereign wealth fund of the oil-rich Gulf country.

Star chef Sanjeev Kapoor was flown to Abu Dhabi to dish up a special vegetarian fare for Modi, a strict vegetarian, by the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. "Discussing invest opprts over high level dinner. HH Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, MD of Abu Dhabi Inv. Authority hosts PM," tweeted Swarup.


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