UAE's Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan conferred the honour acknowledging PM Modi's distinguished leadership.
The award was announced in April this year.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in UAE yesterday evening. Earlier in the day, both the leaders held delegation-level talks in Abu Dhabi today.
During the talks, the Crown Prince and PM Modi discussed the growing convergences between the two nations.
"Crown prince referred very warmly to our relations and to the level we have reached. He stressed the importance of India and UAE working even more closely to overcome challenges," Secretary ER Tirumurti noted.
Tirumurti added that the Crown Prince talked about the "bridges we have built should be made even stronger" and "stressed the importance of continuing to work closely towards deradicalisation".
UAE is the first country in the Gulf to adopt the RuPay card and the third country globally after Singapore and Bhutan to adopt it.
RuPay Card will be accepted at 175,000 merchant acceptance locations and 5,000 ATM and cash access locations within the UAE.
The adoption of RuPay card will help Indian tourist, who will be visiting the country, and businesses there. The UAE receives close to 3 million Indian tourists annually and the adoption of RuPay card in the West Asian country will lower the charges as Indians tourists will save on the exchange rate.
Abu Dhabi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi conferred with Order of Zayed, UAE's highest civilian award by Crown Prince, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. pic.twitter.com/tezAhEDtJU
The RuPay card was launched in the presence of the Indian community who pledged support to invest in Kashmir Investment Summit.
"At the business roundtable in Abu Dhabi with NRI businessmen based in the UAE, PM urged them to invest in India, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir and Laddakh, in view of the recent changes. The NRI business community demonstrated their enthusiasm in this regard." External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
Indian PM and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi also released postage stamps on Mahatma Gandhi to commemorate his 150th birth anniversary in the UAE. This is PM Modi's third visit to the UAE.
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.
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.”
Ministry of External Affairs: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first engagement in the United Arab Emirates was the launch of Rupay card, it is the first time the Rupay card is being launched in the Middle East. pic.twitter.com/epGqhm3W2h
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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in UAE yesterday evening. Earlier in the day, both the leaders held delegation-level talks in Abu Dhabi.