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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi departs for a two-day state visit to Bahrain from Abu Dhabi, UAE. Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan accompanied him to the Airport.

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    Modi in UAE LIVE: RuPay Cards are acceptable at 175,000 merchant acceptance locations and 5,000 ATM and cash access locations within UAE. Acceptance of Rupay card in UAE will lower the charges as tourists will save on exchange rate. UAE receives close to 3 million Indian tourists annually.

    PM Modi swiped his Rupay card for buying Indian sweets. 500 million RuPay cards in circulation in India and adopted by Bhutan, Singapore, UAE and next country will be Bahrain.
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    Modi in UAE LIVE: RuPay card officially launched in the UAE today. UAE is the first country in the Gulf where Indian RuPay card has been launched.

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    Modi in UAE LIVE: His Highness Crown Prince said, “I am so grateful that my brother (PM Modi) is coming to his second home.”
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    Modi in UAE LIVE: During the visit, PM Modi will discuss bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual interest with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and also launch RuPay card to expand the network of cashless transactions abroad.
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    Modi in UAE LIVE: PM Modi reached UAE capital Abu Dhabi from Paris on the second leg of his three-nation tour to France, UAE, and Bahrain.

Dubai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday arrived in the UAE for his two-day State visit, where he on Saturday he discussed bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual interest with the top leadership including Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

PM Modi was conferred with UAE’s highest civilian award the ‘Order of Zayed’.

“Reached Abu Dhabi. Looking forward to holding talks with His Highness Crown Prince @MohamedBinZayed and discussing the full range of friendship between India and UAE. Deepening economic relations will also be on the agenda during this visit,” PM Modi tweeted.

It must be noted that PM Modi reached UAE capital Abu Dhabi from Paris on the second leg of his three-nation tour to France, UAE, and Bahrain.

From Abu Dhabi, Modi will visit Bahrain where he will hold talks with King Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and also witness the formal beginning of the re-development of the temple of Shreenathji — the oldest in the Gulf region before returning to France on Sunday to attend the G7 Summit meetings.

Modi’s visit to Bahrain is significant as it will be the first visit of an Indian Prime Minister to the country. He would also meet and interact with the Indian diaspora during the visit.

In February 2018, Modi had visited UAE as Chief Guest at the World Government Summit while the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan visited India in February 2016 and then in January 2017 as the Chief Guest at the Republic Day celebrations.