50,000 people expected to attend Indian Prime Minister Modi's public reception in Dubai
Indian expatriates interest in attending the public reception for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Dubai Sports City on August 17 has been overwhelming, according to reports.
Other arrangements for the event include a cultural show to welcome Modi, and there is a plan to air-condition the open air stadium as well as distribute free food and water to the audience.
Entry is on a first-come-first-serve basis and people are advised to take their seats at least an hour before the start of the event scheduled for 6.30pm.
According to reports in Emirates 24/7, transport arrangements have been made from various metro stations to the venue of the event. Sources have said that around 200 buses have been arranged to provide shuttle bus service and parking spots have also been arranged.
The gates of the stadium will open much in advance and will close at 6.30pm, to be followed by the official programme which includes a one-hour cultural show followed by Modi’s speech at around 8pm.
Modi, who will be the first Indian PM to visit the UAE in 34 years, said he seeks to enhance cooperation in both energy and trade, and will talk to investors on why India is an attractive destination in which to invest.
According to reports, India is the UAE's second largest trading partner and the UAE is India's third largest trade partner while there are over 2.5 million Indians who are residents of the UAE.