Authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have asked private sector companies to take “necessary measures” in the face of inclement weather, with the heavy rains also coinciding with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to the country , which will begin on Tuesday. .
In a post on X, the UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MoHRE) also asked companies to ensure the health and safety of their workers.
“Businesses should take necessary steps to ensure that outdoor work, if it needs to be resumed, meets occupational health and safety requirements. Businesses should also ensure the health and safety of workers traveling to and from from outdoor workplaces,” the ministry said. in his statement on the social media platform.
Additionally, schools will continue with distance learning and online classes due to the weather, the Emirates Schools Establishment announced.
Will weather affect PM Modi’s visit?
The ‘Ahlan Modi’ (Hello Modi) event, which the prime minister will address later in the day, has already been scaled back, with bad weather forcing officials to reduce participation from 80,000 to 35,000, according to PTI.
“Preparations for one of Prime Minister Modi’s biggest diaspora events at Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Sports City stadium were going well, but participation was reduced due to weather,” community leader Sajeev Purushothaman told PTI.
Initially, around 60,000 registrations had been received for the interaction. Now, however, between 35,000 and 40,000 people are expected to attend, including those presenting cultural programs.
The Gulf nation is home to an Indian community of around 3.5 million (35 lakh).
Prime Minister Modi’s agenda
The prime minister’s visit to the UAE will be his seventh since 2015 and his third in just the last eight months. His engagements include bilateral meetings with his host, President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; The former will also meet Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of the United Arab Emirates.
In addition, the prime minister will participate in the 2024 World Government Summit as its Guest of Honor. Later he will inaugurate the BAPS Mandirthe first Hindu temple in the UAE, in Abu Dhabi, the capital.