India's Modi to visit UAE on August 16-17

Modi is expected to kick off his two-day visit on Sunday in Abu Dhabi.
Modi is expected to kick off his two-day visit on Sunday in Abu Dhabi. PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi will head to the United Arab Emirates this weekend, New Delhi's foreign ministry said Tuesday, in the first visit by an Indian premier in more than three decades.

Modi will visit from August 16 to 17 and plans to meet his UAE counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum as well as Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, a foreign ministry statement said.

His visit comes more than 34 years after then prime minister Indira Gandhi visited the UAE in May 1981.

Modi is expected to kick off his two-day visit on Sunday in Abu Dhabi and will deliver an address to the large Indian diaspora at Dubai's Cricket Stadium Grounds the following day.

UAE is home to an Indian expatriate community of more than 2.6 million, many of them labourers who have been behind the region's construction boom.