The United Arab Emirates Sunday decided to allot land for building a temple in Abu Dhabi, the first in the Emirati capital after Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his two-day visit to the strategic Gulf nation.
PM Modi thanked the UAE leadership for this “landmark” decision that came hours after visited the historic Sheikh Zayed grand mosque, the world’s third largest.
There are a few temples in Dubai, but none in the capital city. Among the other temples in Dubai, one is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the other to Lord Krishna.
The Indian community here has been seeking land for building a temple for some time now. There are nearly 2.6 million Indians in UAE, making them 30 per cent of the country’s population and the largest expat community in the country.
“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,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.
“PM @narendramodi thanks UAE leadership for this landmark decision,” he added.
Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister after Indira Gandhi to visit this strategic Gulf nation in 34 years.