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Day after Modi begins visit, UAE allots land for first temple in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi: The UAE has decided to allot land for building a temple in Abu Dhabi, the first in the Emirati capital as Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday began his two-day visit to the strategic Gulf nation.

Narendra Modi in the UAE. Image courtesy: PTI

Narendra Modi in the UAE. Image courtesy: PTI

Modi thanked the UAE leadership for this "landmark" decision.

While there are two temples in Dubai, one of Lord Shiva and another of Krishna, there is none in Abu Dhabi.

"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 external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

"PM @narendramodi thanks UAE leadership for this landmark decision," he said.

There are nearly 2.6 million Indians in UAE which constitutes 30 per cent of the total population.

PTI


Updated Date: Aug 17, 2015 08:39 AM

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