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PM Modi to be honoured with UAE's highest civilian award for boosting ties

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Photograph:( ANI )

WION New Delhi Aug 24, 2019, 07.03 AM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

Indian Prime will be conferred with United Arab Emirates's highest civilian award--the Zayed medal on Saturday. The award was announced in April this year. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in UAE yesterday evening.

In a tweet the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed said that PM Modi has been conferred the award for boosting India-UAE ties.

He tweeted, “We have historical and comprehensive strategic ties with India, reinforced by the pivotal role of my dear friend, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who gave these relations a big boost. In appreciation of his efforts, the UAE President grants him the Zayed Medal.”

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He will also be initiating work for early adoption of the RuPay card that will help Indian tourist and businesses. After Singapore and Bhutan, UAE and Bahrain will be soon adopting the RuPay card.

Recent years have seen several high-level engagements between India and UAE.

Modi first visited the country in August of 2015 which was followed by the visit of Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in 2016.

The following year the Crown Prince was the chief guest at India's republic day parade and again in 2018 PM Modi visited the country and was the chief guest at the sixth World Government Summit in Dubai. 

His next stopover will be neighbouring Bahrain, his first visit to that country.

Other than meeting the top leadership, Modi will be addressing the Indian diaspora.

350,000 Indian nationals are living in the west Asian country.

Modi will be also leading a ceremony for the renovation of the 200-year-old Shree Krishna temple, the oldest temple in the Gulf on Sunday.

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In a tweet the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed said that PM Modi has been conferred the award for boosting India UAE ties.