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Modi meets Indian workers at ICAD camp in Abu Dhabi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi choses to interact with Indian workers at the residential labour camp in Abu Dhabi soon after his arrival in the UAE on a two-day visit.

INDUSTRIAL CITY ABU DHABI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a two-day visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Sunday evening reached out to the Indian workers soon after his arrival to listen to their problems and had a discussion with them about what the Indian government could do for them.

Modi, the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the country in 34 years, interacted with about 300 selected Indian workers at the Industrial City Abu Dhabi (ICAD), the residential labour camp that houses nearly a lakh of expatriates from different countries - his first stop-over.

About 80 per cent of the population of the UAE are migrants, 30 per cent of whom are Indians, mostly from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Bihar.

Modi also showed keen interest in taking selfies and group photos with the blue-collar workers. The interaction lasted 20 minutes. A basketball court was the venue and there was jostling to shake hands with him.

The sprawling housing campus is spread over 14 sq km. There are 28,000 Indians in the camp which has different categories of accommodation like studio apartments and dormitories. Several workers are crammed into each room.

Their problems are manifold, from extremely hot climate to uncertain wages and travel issues, cruel economic conditions back home having pushed them over here. The privilege of a sight of an Indian Prime Minister among them was their life's blessing!

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