Although they may have never met each other, the Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammad and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi could well be brothers with different mothers!!
Almost of the same age, both are dynamic,determined and have a clear vision on how to take their respective regions to the top of the world.If Sheikh Mohammad wants to make Dubai one of the best tourist destination in World by targeting 20 million tourists to visit Dubai per year by 2020. Back in India, Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, A countrywide mission to clean the streets,roads and infrastructure.
Both the leaders are tech savvy, dress sharply, groom handsomely and make special efforts to connect with the youth, who in turn adore their SheikhMo and Namo !!
It’s no surprise that NaMo has over 14.5 million ( thirds largest amongst the world’s political leaders, after Pope Francis and President Obama) and SheikhMo has over 4.57 million followers on twitter !
If Modi in his speeches exhorts the world to,’ Come,Make in India “, Sheikh Mohammad quietly ensures that only the
‘ biggest,tallest and largest get made in Dubai’. Be it The world’s tallest building-Burj Khalifa, World’s biggest Mall- Dubai Mall, World’s biggest Airlines-Emirates, World’s largest flower garden-The Miracle Garden etc etc. The Ruler of Dubai makes sure that the whole world invests and stays invested in Dubai.
Today, Dubai must rank as one of the most recognized ‘ Brand ‘ in the world and much of the credit for this goes to Sheikh Mohammad.
Since,becoming the Prime Minister in May 2014,NaMo has travelled to 26 countries including USA, Canada, Germany, Australia, Brazil, France, Japan, Russia, Singapore,South Korea and China with the sole objective of boosting the trade and increasing investments from these countries into India.
In FY 2014-15, trade between India and UAE crossed US$ 59 bn, making India UAE’s second largest trading partner and UAE, India’s fifth largest trading partner.
To say that NaMo’s visit is 34 years’ overdue would be an understatement. Why and How did No Indian PM visited UAE for so long would remain one of the biggest mysteries of our time.It’s a measure of Namo’s popularity that over 40,000 people are expected to attend NaMo’s public reception in Dubai’s criket stadium on August 17.
Last time an Indian Prime minister travelled to UAE in 1981, SheikhMo was UAE’s minister of defence while NaMo was pracharak in-charge of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the RSS.
Although the two leaders would officially meet only only on Knowing their penchant for technology and information it would not come as surprise to learn that SheikhMo and NaMo regularly like each other’s facebook posts and follow each other on twitter!!