The First Hindu Temple, a Mandir is inaugurated in Abu Dhabi,United Arab Emirates as requested by the Indian PM Narendra Modi. Land for the temple was donated by the Prince of UAE. The Indian government has lauded a decision by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to allocate land for the building of the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi.
There are currently two Hindu temples and one Sikh Gurudwara in Dubai, but none in Abu Dhabi. Indian and Nepalese Hindus have welcomed the decision to allot land for a temple in Abu Dhabi.
It has been announced during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to the UAE that Abu Dhabi is set to open its first Hindu temple.
The Indian embassy said that the UAE Government’s promise to allot land for a Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi was a first step and it would take time for the project to be completed. The Indian PM Modi has also thanked the UAE leadership for this "landmark" decision. “I am very thankful to the UAE Govt for their decision to allot land in order to build a Temple in Abu Dhabi. This is a great step”, tweeted the Indian PM Narendra Modi.
Importantly, during August last year, Modi became the first Indian premier to visit the country in 34 years, meeting with Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The UAE is home to around 2.6 million Indian workers, of who around 20% are white-collar professionals. Indian expatriates comprise 30% of the UAE`s population and are the largest nationality group. India is also UAE's second-largest trading partner and the UAE is India's third largest trading partner behind the US and China, with the trade between the two reaching around $60bn last year. Annual Indian remittances from the UAE are estimated at around $14bn.