Abu Dhabi,UAE. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the project for the first Hindu temple to be built in UAE capital Abu Dhabi. While launching the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha or BAPS Temple project via video conference, Modi emphasized on ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ message to people across the world. The temple, which will come up on 55,000 square metres of land, will be hand-carved by Indian temple artisans and assembled in the UAE. According to the BAPS sources, It will be completed by 2020 and will be open to people of all religious backgrounds. It will also be the first traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East.
The ceremony was live streamed to the Dubai Opera House where PM Modi was interacting with the Indian community. He also thanked Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on behalf of 125 crore Indians for the construction of the temple. Temple Committee members had presented the temple literature to Modi and Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Saturday evening in Abu Dhab
PM Modi, who made his first trip to UAE after assuming office in 2015, thanked the gulf countries which provided a home like environment to almost 30 lakh people from India who are living there and hope to build more constructive environment by the Indian community.