India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the World Government Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates February 11, 2018. REUTERS/Christopher Pike
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi started the second day of his visit to the United Arab Emirates Sunday by unveiling a model of the first Hindu temple that will be built in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi, a testament to strong ties that both countries seek. Standing on stage at the Dubai Opera, Modi spoke before hundreds of diplomats and Indian expatriates about the historical ties linking India with the small, but oil-rich and increasingly influential UAE, where more than 3.3 million Indians reside – far outnumbering the country's native local population.The historically Muslim country already has one Hindu temple in the nearby emirate of Dubai.On his first visit to the UAE as prime minister in 2015, Modi announced that the Abu Dhabi government had allotted land for the first Hindu temple there.Modi left the UAE Sunday afternoon for neighboring Oman, home to nearly 800,000 Indians.
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