Abu Dhabi: For the first time in the Indian as well as in Dubai history, an Indian Prime Minister decides to build a Hindu temple in a Middle Eastern country. Earlier on Sunday, via video conference Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the project for the first Hindu temple, the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), in UAE capital Abu Dhabi.

During the video conference, Modi said, “I believe this temple will not be only unique in terms of architecture and splendour, but will also give a message of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ to people across the world.”

The launching ceremony was live streaming from the Dubai Opera House where PM Modi was interacting with the Indian community. He also thanked the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on the behalf of all the Indians for accepting the project.

As per the sources, the temple will come up on 55,000 sq mtr of land and will be craved by Indian temple artisans. It will assemble in the UAE. A BAPS spokesperson said that the temple will be completed by 2020 and the committee has decided that it will be open for all religious backgrounds’ people.

While speaking to the ceremony, the PM Modi also thanked the gulf countries to provide a home like environment to almost 30 lakh Indian people. In his thanking speech, Modi said, “India’s jump in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Rankings from 142 to 100 is unprecedented. But we are not satisfied with this, we want to improve even more. We will do whatever it takes to achieve it. I assure you that we will work together to bring to reality the dreams you see, here and in India.”



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