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Abu Dhabi will get its First Hindu Temple by 2017, will have Idols of Lord Krishna, Maheshwara, Ayyappa and more

When will the government of UAE take measures to improve the conditions of Indian laborers at the Emirates bonded with Kafala?

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October 12, 2016: The first Hindu temple of Abu Dhabi will be ready by the end of 2017. The temple is being constructed on the property donated by the government of Muslim Abu Dhabi, the capital of United Arab Emirates, said a business working on the project on Tuesday.

According to the Reuters report, the temple will come up on 20,000 square meters of land at Al Wathba. BR Shetty, Head of the Temple Coordination Committee said,” Al Wathba is just 30 minutes away from Abu Dhabi city. It will be close to the highway on Abu-Dhabi-Al road. The temple will be ready within one year. The temple will have idols of Lord Krishna, Maheshwara, Ayyappa and more. It will have a good Vrindavan and a waterfront.”

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Last year, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit, UAE government announced its decision to allocate land for first Hindu temple of Abu Dhabi.

The meeting with Abu Dhabi’s crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was seen as an important step in escalating trade dealing between the two countries and the decision to construct a Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi. This was to strengthen the strategic vision of the two nations.

Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince will be the chief guest at India’s annual Republic Day parade next year, mentioned Reuters.

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Indians constitute for about one-third of the population of UAE, which exceeds the local Emirati population. But the condition of the Indians community is dismal in the UAE.

According to the press agency, almost 80% of the Indians are laborers who are bonded to Kafala (the contract system) which seizes all their human rights. The unfair and abusive conditions of the Indians were completely ignored during the Modi’s visit.

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Building a temple is fine but wouldn’t it have been better if Modi’s visit has resulted in some changes in the Kafala that would have bought the poor laborers some happiness. But unfortunately, the people, who really needed help in surviving at UAE, were sweating at a construction site or were not even allowed inside the stadium.

– prepared by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: diksha_arya53

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Foundation-Stone Laying Ceremony of First Traditional Hindu Temple in Abu Dhabi

The temple will be built in phases with all the pink stones and marble being transported from Rajasthan to the UAE capital, the Khaleej Times said

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The temple is being built on 13.5 acres (55,000 square metres) of land gifted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Indian community. Wikimedia

The historic foundation stone-laying ceremony of the first traditional Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi was performed on Saturday in the presence of officials from India and the United Arab Emirates as well as thousands of members of the community.

The ceremony was presided over by Mahant Swami Maharaj — the spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha — the organisation building the temple, along with other priests. Indian Ambassador Navdeep Suri attended the event in the presence of over 2,500 Indians from the UAE and across the world, according to Gulf News.

Suri and BAPS Hindu Mandir committee head and community leader B.R. Shetty were among those who laid foundation stones. Some 50 priests from India were part of the ceremony, the Khaleej Times reported.

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Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Wikimedia

UAE’s Minister of Climate Change Thani Al Zoyoudi and Ahmad Bilhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Sciences, were among the attendees.  The temple will be built in phases with all the pink stones and marble being transported from Rajasthan to the UAE capital, the Khaleej Times said.

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The stones of the temple will be hand-carved by artisans in India and then transported to Abu Dhabi. Once completed, this will be the first traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East.

The temple is being built on 13.5 acres (55,000 square metres) of land gifted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Indian community. (IANS)