New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today left for the UAE on a two-day visit packed with a string of engagements high on substance and symbolism, including talks with the country's leadership and an address to the Indian diaspora.
During the visit, Modi, who will be the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the UAE after Indira Gandhi in 1981, will seek to boost cooperation in energy, trade, people-to-people ties and more investments in India.
Terrorism will also be high on the talks agenda.
He will reach Abu Dhabi in evening. Tomorrow, he will go to Dubai.
On the first day, Modi will hold official talks with the leadership of Abu Dhabi and later visit Masdar City, a city project in Abu Dhabi where he is expected to spend time watching presentations.
Later, he will meet business people and focus on investments.
The following day, he will first visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and then travel to Dubai where, after meeting Dubai's ruler, he will attend a grand public reception hosted for him at the Dubai Cricket Grounds.
The Prime Minister has said that during his visit, he will seek to enhance cooperation in energy and trade and talk to investors on why India was an attractive destination to invest.
Over 2.5 million Indians who have made the UAE their home "contributed immensely to the progress of the UAE and also gave back to India at every occasion.