PM Modi inaugurates project for first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi

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He will also speak at the World Government summit which is happening in Dubai right now. Technology is changing at the speed of thought. In E-governance, "E" stands for effective, efficient, easy, empower and equity, he points out.

He said it was for governments to ensure that technology was used for development and raising people's quality of life. "We will do whatever it takes to make it possible", he added.

Mr. Modi begins his speech thanking the government of UAE for such warm welcome. "But those who lost their sleeps, are crying even two years after the move", he said, even as he pointed that his government has made Goods and Services Tax a reality, which had been languishing for past seven years.

A day after visiting the Palestinian city of Ramallah and meeting President Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now in Dubai for the second leg of his three-nation visit.

PM Modi with the replica of the temple in Dubai.

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The temple, which will be built in stone, will come up off the Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway over 55,000 square meters of land.

Modi said that 65 per cent of India's population is under 35 and the dream of a new India will be achieved by empowering the youth with technology.

Temple artisans from India will be hand-carving the stones and assembling them in the UAE.

At a meeting here with GCC corporate leaders, Modi outlined the changes that had resulted in India climbing 30 places a year ago in the World Bank Ease of Doing Business rankings to break into the top 100 countries.

PM Modi will initiate the temple project and address Indian expatriates at the Dubai Opera House. Interestingly, the temple will be open to people of all religious backgrounds and beliefs. Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, met Modi on arrival at the airport and had talks with him, according to the state-run WAM news agency. The temple compound will also have a food court. Modi was previously in Abu Dhabi where he iaugurated a temple, and signed close to five MOUs with the UAE. BAPS spokesperson, Sadhu Brahmaviharidas said the gift sends a strong message to the world "that cultural and spiritual inclusiveness is the way forward for global harmony".

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