Prime Minister Narendra Modi, currently in the UAE, is scheduled to address the ‘Ahlan Modi’ event at Zayed Sports City Stadium on Tuesday. Despite adverse weather conditions, more than 2,500 individuals are expected to participate in full ground rehearsals and volunteer briefings.
Nishi Singh, head of communications for Ahlan Modi, informed ANI, “Despite heavy rains, the enthusiasm of Indians in the UAE remains undiminished, with over two and a half thousand turning up for full-ground rehearsals of the cultural program and volunteer briefings yesterday.”
“The weather is not going to hinder the unique community-driven summit celebrating Indo-UAE friendship and giving a warm welcome to PM Modi.”
Here’s a summary:
The ‘Ahlan Modi’ event has garnered immense enthusiasm from the Indian diaspora, prompting organizers to close registrations last week with over 65,000 attendees. To adhere to UAE directives, participation on February 13 will be limited based on the stadium’s seating capacity.
Singh stated, “Following UAE authorities’ directives, attendance on the 13th will be limited by the seating capacity of Zayed Sports City Stadium, along with realistic traffic and parking management, as attendees are coming from all seven Emirates to Abu Dhabi.”
The Indian expatriate community, comprising approximately 3.5 million people, constitutes the largest ethnic group in the UAE, making up around 35 per cent of the country’s population.
The event will feature India’s cultural diversity through an exhibition showcasing over 700 artists. More than 150 Indian community groups will participate, emphasizing regional diversity and including thousands of blue-collar workers from across the emirates.
The ‘Nari Shakti’ (women power) of the Indian community has shown remarkable support and enthusiasm, registering in significant numbers and actively promoting the event, reflecting the spirit of women’s empowerment, communal harmony, and participation, as highlighted by the organizing committee.
PM Modi’s visit to the UAE marks his seventh since 2015 and the third in the last eight months. During the visit, he will hold bilateral meetings with UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to discuss further strengthening the strategic partnership between the two countries and exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest.