If your evening commute involves going by Dubai Sports City, you could be in for a ride home that’s longer than usual tonight.
Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, will address a massive gathering of over 50,000 Indian expats at Dubai Cricket Stadium, so expect the roads and public transport to be particularly congested.
The stadium can only seat 25,000 and from 3pm 200 buses began to ferry people to the venue from the Metro station. Gates will open from 4pm and close at 7pm before the speech begins and hour later.
To keep the audience busy while they wait, 35 Indian performers have been brought to the UAE and food will be available to buy but it cannot be brought in.
Those in attendance will be surrounded by full security forces and fans are being handed out to help keep people cool. If you’re planning on going along, you can bring your mobile phones along but camera equipment is prohibited while bags are best left at home to keep things moving.
Those interested in witness the talk had to register online and will get to sit on a first-come-first-served basis.
In this trip he held extensive talks with UAE-based businessmen, both Emirati and Indian, in order to promote India as an attractive investment destination.
‘During my visit, I seek to enhance cooperation in energy, trade and will talk to investors on why India is an attractive destination to invest. I am certain my visit will boost people-to-people ties between our nations,’ he wrote on Facebook.
With India-UAE trade valued at $60 billion, the UAE is India’s third-largest trading partner for the year 2014-15, after China and the US, while India was the largest trading partner for the UAE in 2014, the Indian Embassy in the UAE revealed.
So far on his trip, he has also confirmed plans have been announced to build a Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi.
‘I am very thankful to the UAE Govt for their decision to allot land in order to build a Temple in Abu Dhabi. This is a great step,’ he wrote on Twitter.