The UAE is the home to 2.6 million India about 30 percent of the total population, figures from Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi. There are only two Hindu temples and one Sikh Gurudwara in Dubai, but none in Abu Dhabi. People travel to Dubai, more than 100 km away, to pray.
The UAE government has now allocated the 20,000sq metres of land in Al Wathba, in the outskirts of Abu Dhabi city for the temple. This first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi will be ready to welcome worshippers by the end of the next year.
NRI Billionaire businessman BR Shetty also the Chairman of Temple Coordination Committee, said: “The UAE is a great example of religious tolerance with the people of different nationalities living in Harmony”.
First Hindu Temple in Abu Dhabi
UAE Government allocated 20,000 sq meters of land in Al Wathba, in the outskirts of Abu Dhabi city
Temple project to be funded privately, said Indian billionaire businessman BR Shetty, chairman of the Temple Coordination Committee
Modi lauded UAE government by tweeting on Sunday “a great step”
“The temple will have a good vrindavan (garden) and a waterfront,” Shetty said while adding that till date, they only had permission for the temple. It was only on October 10 that the land was allotted.
The project of the temple will be funded privately, said Shetty.
During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in August 2015, the UAE Government announced to allocate land for Abu Dhabi’s first ever Hindu temple.
Modi lauded this decision and further tweeted that he was thankful to the UAE government, describing the move, “a great step”.