Vibrant Gujarat: Roadshow showcases burgeoning India-UAE economic ties

By Shweta Aggarwal

GANDHINAGAR: India and the United Arab Emirates, the Gulf powerhouse, have advanced their economic ties by signing four pacts in diverse areas, including renewable energy, healthcare, food parks and logistics in the presence of the leaders of the two countries in Gujarat.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United Arab Emirates President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan met for the fourth time in less than seven months on January 8 in the capital of Gujarat. The two leaders reviewed the progress in Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and focused on further advancing economies ties, which are already scaling new frontiers.  The two leaders had last met in Dubai on the margins of the COP 28 global climate summit in December 2023.

The pacts signed included a crucial MoU between the Gujarat government and DP World, a Dubai-based global port operator and logistics company, which aims to develop a multi-modal logistics park and a free trade zone in the state. “These MoUs reflect the shared vision and commitment of the two leaders to enhance cooperation in various sectors and create new opportunities for mutual benefit,” said Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal in a post on social media platform X.

India-UAE Roadshow

The highlight of the visit of Al Nahyan, who is also the ruler of Abu Dhabi, for the Vibrant Gujarat summit was a roadshow helmed by the two leaders, with enthusiastic crows lining up the streets of the city. “Welcome to India my brother, HH @MohamedBinZayed. It’s an honour to have you visit us,” Modi tweeted.

“Reaffirming the strong bonds of friendship! In a special gesture, PM @narendramodi warmly received HH @MohamedBinZayed, UAE President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi as he arrived at the Ahmedabad airport. HH @MohamedBinZayed is the Chief Guest of the 10th @VibrantGujarat Summit,” Jaiswal wrote on X.

Al Nahyan, who is the chief guest at the 10th edition of Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, lauded Modi for his leadership and vision and thanked him profusely for the hospitality. “I am delighted to be in India, a country that is very close to my heart. I thank PM @narendramodi for his invitation and his warm reception. We look forward to strengthening our bilateral relations and exploring new avenues of cooperation for the benefit of our peoples,” Al Nahyan tweeted.

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