Indian President’s visit schedule announced

ABU DHABI — Indian President Pratibha Patil will officially meet President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on November 22, Indian embassy in Abu Dhabi announced.

By Anwar Ahmad

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Published: Tue 16 Nov 2010, 12:42 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:00 PM

M.K. Lokesh, Indian Ambassador to the UAE, unveiled on Sunday the details of the forthcoming official and community events to be held during the visit of the Indian President.

Patil will arrive the UAE on November 21 and will meet top level officials and dignitaries of the country. Official meetings during the four-day visit will be started from November 22.

Patil will meet with His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai on November 23 as she will be visiting Dubai and Sharjah on November 23 and 24, the ambassador said.

Patil will inaugurate the Indian Islamic Centre in Abu Dhabi, the foundation stone for which was laid by former prime minister of India, Indira Gandhi during her visit in May, 1981.

This will be the fist UAE visit by an Indian President in seven years, as the last Indian President who arrived here was APJ Abdul Kalam, Patil’s predecessor, in 2003.

The ambassador said she would also attend the reception by the Indian Social and Cultural Centre in the Capital and would interact with the students of the Abu Dhabi Indian School and other Indian schools.

In Dubai, she will hold meetings with officials of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Patil will inaugurate the Indian Worker’s Resource Centre in Dubai, which is an initiative of Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

The resource centre will be a facilitating centre for Indian workers and will provide the services including a help line to receive, register and monitor grievance petitions, conduct awareness classes and counseling sessions on legal, financial and medical issues and process attestation of employment documents relating to Indian workers.

She will inaugurate India Trade and Exhibition Centre in Sharjah and is expected to visit Dubai Academic City in Dubai, the ambassador said.

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