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PM Modi Attends Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony For First Hindu Temple In Abu Dhabi

| February 11 , 2018 , 12:55 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a trip to the United Arab Emirates on Sunday attended the Foundation Stone laying ceremony for the first Hindu temple in the capital of UAE, Abu Dhabi.

The Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Temple project is spread across 55,000 square metres of land and is expected to be completed by 2020.

Addressing a massive gathering of Indian community members, PM Modi thanked the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on behalf of Indians.

"I want to thank His Highness Crown Price on behalf of 125 crore Indians for the grand temple which will be constructed," said PM Modi in Abu Dhabi.

"I believe this temple will not be only unique in terms of architecture & splendour, but will also give a message of 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' to people across the world," he said.

"I thank the gulf countries which provided almost 30 Lakh people from India a home like environment, away from home, here," said the PM.

"India's leap in World Bank's Ease of Doing Business Rankings from 142 to 100 is unprecedented. But we are not satisfied at this, we want to do better. We will do whatever it takes to make it possible," he added.

"I assure you that we will work together to bring to reality the dreams you see, here and in India,"  PM Modi said.

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According to a spokesperson from the BAPS, a socio-spiritual Hindu organisation that runs more than 1,100 temples around the world, this would be the first traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East.

The temple would be hand-carved by Indian temple artisans and assembled in the UAE, replicating BAPS temples in New Delhi and the one under construction in New Jersey.

The UAE is home to more than 3 million people of Indian origin and the investment from the UAE to India exceeds $11 billion.