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45K Indians ready to say “Hello, Modi” at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi

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45K Indians ready to say “Hello, Modi” at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi
45K Indians ready to say “Hello, Modi” at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi immediately addresses the World Government Summit in Dubai after which meets tens of 1000’s of NRIs in Abu Dhabi for the occasion titled ‘Ahlan Modi’. He can also be set to inaugurate the BAPS Hindu Mandir Abu Dhabi tomorrow in a significant ceremony.

Narendra Modi meets NRIs in Dubai
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets NRIs in Dubai in December 2023. Photo courtesy: X/ @narendramodi

Excitement ranges are excessive amongst Indians of all ages in the United Arab Emirates, says longtime Dubai resident and funding skilled Amitava Majumder, who’s spending the day in Abu Dhabi immediately.

A member of a number of skilled and cultural teams in the UAE, Majumder tells Connected to India concerning the temper: “‘Ahlan’ or ‘Hello’ is the buzzword going across the UAE, with weeks of preparation to guarantee a flawless execution to bathe love, respect, and adulation on our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as he addresses [NRIs] in the most important stadium in the UAE — Zayed Sports City Stadium — on February 13, 2024.”

Ahlan Modi signage in Abu Dhabi
Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi ready for Ahlan Modi on February 13, 2024. Photo courtesy: Facebook/ Ahlan Modi

Modi, who has been to the UAE a number of occasions now, was in Dubai for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) in December 2023. Indian expats gathered in giant numbers to meet him on that event. Describing the interplay, an X submit dated December 1 by the deal with @narendramodi says: “Deeply moved by the nice and cozy welcome from the Indian group in Dubai. Their assist and enthusiasm is a testomony to our vibrant tradition and robust bonds.”

Majumder, who has a really shut relationship along with his nation of origin regardless of the many years spent overseas, says that the ‘Ahlan Modi’ occasion can be the third Modi-related occasion he has attended in the UAE, the earlier two being COP28 in Dubai and one other 2015 occasion additionally in Dubai.

Having travelled the world extensively as a Global Polar Ambassador — 58 international locations and all continents, together with Antarctica, lined — Majumder attended the local weather change convention in Dubai to observe the contribution of countries to mitigate world warming.

His travels have helped him see, says the NRI along with his roots in the jap Indian metropolis of Kolkata, that the status accorded to Modi displays the rising status of India on the worldwide stage.

Technological prowess and world diplomacy are two areas in which India has been very profitable, feels Majumder.

He calls Narendra Modi “a visionary chief”, who has as soon as once more given India a win with the discharge of the eight former Indian Navy personnel imprisoned in Qatar.

“As India’s development story turns into larger and larger, our roles and contributions will get larger, too, as we turn into vishwa guru (world mentor) with digital finance and funding companies to the world, thereby [becoming] a USD 7 trillion financial system and the third largest in the world,” says Majumder.

The Modi authorities, which had earlier set the aim of turning into a USD 5 trillion financial system by 2025, has now set its sights on the USD 7 trillion goal by 2030.

These developments are a matter of nice satisfaction for Majumder — as an NRI who has attended virtually each Pravasi Bharatiya Divas since 2003, he has seen the rise of India over the previous 20 years. This yr didn’t have the occasion, however Majumder was current at Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2023 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, in January 2023
Dubai-based NRI Amitava Majumder being welcomed to Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, in January 2023. Photo courtesy: Amitava Majumder

He recollects, “It was in 2003 that fifty of us from the UAE have been delegates for first Pravasi [Bharatiya] Divas held in Delhi. There have been 800 delegates from all around the world, as India gave its NRIs a rousing welcome.”

It was the senior statesman Atal Bihari Vajpayee who was the nation’s chief then; Narendra Modi headed the state of Gujarat.

Welcome signage for Indian expats in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, for Kumbh Mela 2019
Welcome signage for Indian expats in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, for Kumbh Mela 2019. Photo courtesy: Amitava Majumder

“One Pravasi day adopted one other, and I attended most of them. The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas gave us an understanding of the heartbeat of the leaders and their imaginative and prescient,” says Majumder.

During the yr of India’s G20 presidency — it ended with the worldwide summit in Delhi in September 2023 — the Dubai-based expat was intently related to the tourism sector in India.

A Hanuman mural in India
Amitava Majumder with a Hanuman mural on a current journey to India. Photo courtesy: Amitava Majumder

“I used to be requested to be a Jan Bhagirdar by [G20] Chief Sherpa Dr Amitabh Kant, and selected ‘Travel and Tourism’ as a driver of financial system beneath the ‘One world one household one imaginative and prescient’ theme,” says Majumder.

He travelled far and extensive throughout India — Amarnath to Tamil Nadu and North Bengal to Dwarka — and submitted his proposal to the Government of India “which they appreciated”.

About Indians in the UAE, who kind the most important phase of expats in the nation, Majumder says, “Yes, the UAE is sort of a magnet, and Indians proceed to achieve success [here].”

Proud of what the nation of his start represents, Majumder says that “India was excellent throughout Expo 2020 in Dubai”, one of many landmark occasions in the Middle East in current years.

After ‘Ahlan Modi’, he’s trying ahead to the opening of the BAPS Hindu Mandir Abu Dhabi, including that to his bouquet of experiences together with the current Ayodhya Ram Temple opening, the place Majumder was current.

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