Amidst an electrifying atmosphere, Dubai was all set to give PM Narendra Modi a grand welcome. Chants of 'Modi-Modi' and 'Marhaba NaMo' was heard from every corner of the Dubai cricket stadium throughout the event.
The programme began with cultural performances and the National Anthem 'Jana Gana Mana' being recited by young children. Soon as the PM reached the venue, the chants grew louder. The crowd of thousands was gripped in enthusiasm. Beginning his address Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked Crown Prince and other leaders of the United Arab Emirates. He dedicated the warmth and immense love showered by the UAE to the 125 crore Indians back home.
Shri Narendra Modi recalled the exemplary role that the Gulf region played on former PM Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee's call to give back to the nation post-Pokhran.
Talking about terrorism, the Prime Minister noted that India has been a victim for over forty years.
The Prime Minister thanked UAE for its support to India for permanent membership of the country in the United Nations Security Council. He expressed joy over the Joint Statement signed between India and the UAE that would enhance this between both the nations strategically as well as economically.
He talked at length about the good governance initiatives over the last year.