Indian PM Narendra Modi to make history in UAE

Modi will be the first Indian Prime Minister in 34 years after Indira Gandhi to visit the Emirates. (AP)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to make history when he visits the United Arab Emirates (UAE) later this month.

Modi’s visit on August 16 and 17, will be the first by an Indian prime minister in 34 years - the previous being by Indira Gandhi in 1981.

The visit is expected to focus on strengthening trade and investment between the two countries.

Official engagements will also be held in Abu Dhabi and Dubai that will concentrate on energy, trade and security partnership between the two countries.

A reception has also been arranged in Dubai, which is expected to be attended by more than 40,000 Indians.

Dr Shamsheer Vayalil, member of the organizing committee said: “Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit is of great significance for the bilateral relations and social ties that exist between the UAE and India. We are not leaving any stone unturned to show our support and love for our homeland to our Prime Minister.

“We are making all the possible efforts to ensure that the entire Indian community can become a part of this historic visit. We are hoping that this is a first of many visits by the Indian PM to the Emirates.”

The Indian expatriate community is regarded as one of the largest ethnic communities in the UAE making up almost 30 percent of the country’s population.

“I truly believe that PM Modi’s visit will open a number of doors for the Indian Community to not just feel but rather indeed be closer and more connected to our mother country,” added Dr Shamsheer.

Last Update: 17:12 KSA 20:12 - GMT 17:12