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Modi witnesses temple foundation stone laying in UAE

IANS  |  Dubai 

on Sunday witnessed via video-conferencing the foundation stone laying ceremony of a temple in the UAE while attending a community event here.

According to Raveesh Kumar, witnessed laying of the foundation stone for the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) temple on the highway.

"The first in being built on a generous gift of land by the Crown of reflects UAE's commitment to tolerance and harmony," Kumar tweeted as Modi, along with a large number of people from the Indian community watched the event from the Opera House.

The first in will come up on 55,000 square metres of land, according to India's to the (UAE)

The temple's construction will be completed by 2020, and open to people of all religious backgrounds.

It will be the first traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East, said a from the BAPS that is entrusted with the design, construction and management of the temple.

The temple will be hand-carved by Indian temple artisans and assembled in the UAE, said the

The UAE has two Hindu temples which are located in Devotees from Abu Dhabi and other emirates have to drive to Dubai for prayers and offerings.

The temple compound will include a visitors' centre, prayer halls, exhibition centre, learning areas, sports area for children and youths, thematic gardens, water features, a food court, a books and gift shop and other facilities.

The UAE is home to around 3.3 million expatriate Indians.

Earlier in the day, paid tributes at the UAE war near Abu Dhabi.

After visiting Palestine earlier on Saturday, Modi arrived in Abu Dhabi later in the evening on the second leg of his three-nation tour of and the Gulf.

Following delegation-level talks between Modi and Crown of Abu Dhabi and of the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the UAE signed five agreements on Saturday, including a historic one on that awarded a consortium of Indian companies led by a 10 per cent interest in Abu Dhabi's offshore Lower Zakum concession.

This is Modi's second visit to the UAE after his visit in 2015.

Later on Sunday, the will deliver the keynote address of the Sixth World Government Summit, in which is the guest of honour country this year.

After completing his engagements in Dubai, Modi will leave for on the third and final leg of his tour.



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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 13:56 IST