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Kerala Tourism to organise promotion event in Abu Dhabi to attract cash-rich Arab Travelers

Kerala Tourism Department, along with retail chain Lulu is about to organise an event at Mushrif Mall, Abu Dhabi, to appeal to Arab tourists

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Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 18, 2017: To attract cash-rich Arab travelers, the KeralaTourism Department along with retail chain Lulu Group, is organising a four-day ‘Explore Kerala@ Abu Dhabi’ event from February 22.

“Considering tourist arrivals to Kerala from the Middle East, UAE is the second biggest market after Saudi Arabia. KeralaTourism has identified the potential of the ever growing UAE tourism market,” said State Minister for Tourism Kadakampally Surendran.

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According to Kerala Tourism figures, in 2015 more than one lakh tourists from the Middle East visited Keralaand it included 71,500 from Saudi Arabia 20,000 from the UAE and 17,924 from Oman.

The event, being conducted at Mushrif Mall in Abu Dhabi, will also feature colourful cultural performance including Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, Theyyam and Thayambaka.

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Head of Lulu group, Keralite businessman M.A. Yusuf Ali said they will engage in promotion of KeralaTourism at all their Lulu Hypermarkets and shopping malls in the Middle East.

Leading tourism players from Keralawill show case their products in the event which will be inaugurated by Executive Director of Abu DhabiTourism Sultan Hamad Al Mutawa Al Dhaheri, Indian Ambassador to UAE Navdeep Suri, among others. (IANS)

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Indian PM Narendra Modi Given Highest Civilian Honour By UAE

Modi conferred UAE's highest civilian honour

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A commemorative stamp of Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary was also released in the presence of government officials and Indian businesspersons, the Khaleej Times reported. Pixabay

The UAE honoured visiting Indian PM Narendra Modi with its highest civilian honour, the “Order of Zayed”, on Saturday.

The award was conferred to the Prime Minister by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the Presidential Palace here.

A commemorative stamp of Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary was also released in the presence of government officials and Indian businesspersons, the Khaleej Times reported.

Earlier during an interview with the Khaleej Times, Modi said: “I feel very honoured to receive the United Arab Emirates’ highest civil honour, the Order of Zayed. It is a testimony to our growing partnership and also an honour for the entire Indian nation of 1.3 billion people.”

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Modi also launched the RuPay Card, an Indian indigenous equivalent of Mastercard or Visa, here earlier in the day and bought 1 kg of laddoo using the card. Pixabay

Modi also launched the RuPay Card, an Indian indigenous equivalent of Mastercard or Visa, here earlier in the day and bought 1 kg of laddoo using the card.

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The UAE is the first country in the Middle East where the RuPay card has been launched.

Modi, who is on a tri-nation tour to France, the UAE and Bahrain, reached Abu Dhabi on Friday from Paris. From Abu Dhabi, he will visit Bahrain before returning to France for the G7 summit. (IANS)