Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hello Modi event has been scaled down, with the number of participants reduced from 80,000 to 35,000 due to bad weather. Authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have called on private sector companies to take ‘necessary measures’ in view of the inclement weather. In a post on Twitter, the UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) also asked companies to take care of the health and safety of their employees. The ministry said that if necessary to resume outdoor work, necessary measures should be taken by companies to ensure compliance with occupational health and safety requirements. Companies must also ensure the health and safety of workers traveling to and from external work locations.
Will the weather affect PM Modi’s visit?
The ‘Ahlan Modi’ (Hello Modi) event, which the Prime Minister will address during the day, has already been scaled back, with officials having to reduce the participation number from 80,000 to 35,000 due to bad weather. “Preparations for one of the biggest expatriate events of Prime Minister Modi at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi were going well, but the weather reduced participation,” said community leader Sajeev Purushothaman. Around 60,000 registrations were received for the conversation. However, now 35,000 to 40,000 people are expected to attend, including those presenting cultural programmes. The Gulf country is home to an approximately 3.5 million (35 lakh) strong Indian community.
PM Modi’s schedule
The Prime Minister’s visit to the UAE will be his seventh since 2015 and his third in the last eight months. His engagements included bilateral meetings with his host President Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; The former UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Defense Minister will also meet Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Additionally, the Prime Minister will participate as the guest of honor at the World Government Summit 2024. He will later inaugurate the UAE’s first Hindu temple, the BAPS Temple, in the capital Abu Dhabi.