Prime Minister Narendra Modi today arrived here on a two-day visit during which he will hold talks with top leadership of the Gulf nation and witness signing of nearly a dozen agreements to bolster political and economic ties.
Modi, who arrived here from Jordan on the second leg of his three-nation tour, was received by Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and other members of the Royal family at the airport.
"Reached UAE. This visit includes a wide range of programmes which will have a positive impact on India-UAE ties. I thank HH Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for the special gesture of receiving me," Modi tweeted.
"We warmly welcome our state guest and valued friend, the Indian Prime Minister H.E.@narendramodi to the UAE. His visit reflects our longstanding historical ties and is testament to our friendly bilateral relationship," Mohammed Bin Zayed tweeted separately.
The Prime Minister, Shri @narendramodi being welcomed by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of U.A.E. Armed Forces, General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on his arrival, at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates pic.twitter.com/YFqIIvyKkT— MIB India (@MIB_India) February 10, 2018
Soon after his arrival, Prime Minister Modi left for the presidential palace for a meeting with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Mohammed Bin Zayed.
Modi, who is here on his second visit to the UAE since 2015, has several meetings lined up in the evening and will also attend a banquet in the UAE capital.
Various buildings in Abu Dhabi were lit in tricolor as the city was decked up to welcome Prime Minister Modi.
Nearly a dozen agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) are expected to be signed between the two countries.
Modi is scheduled to address the Indian community tomorrow in Dubai after witnessing the groundbreaking ceremony of a temple in Abu Dhabi.
Prime Minister Modi will also deliver a keynote address at the World Government Summit in Dubai where India is a guest of honour this year.
On the first led of his trip, Modi travelled to Ramallah, becoming the Indian prime minister to make an official visit to Palestine.
From the UAE, Modi will travel to Oman.