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Indian prime minister Modi makes his 1st visit to UAE, will meet rulers of Abu Dhabi and Dubai

  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, middle, takes a selfie next to Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, left, as they tour the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque during the first day of his two-day visit to the UAE, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015.  The UAE is home to over two million Indian expatriates and this is the first visit by an Indian premier in over three decades. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, middle, takes a selfie next to Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, left, as they tour the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque during the first day of his two-day visit to the UAE, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015. The UAE is home to over two million Indian expatriates and this is the first visit by an Indian premier in over three decades. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, visits the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque with Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, second left, during the first day of a  two-day visit to the UAE, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015. The UAE is home to over two million Indian expatriates and this is the first visit by an Indian premier in over three decades. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, visits the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque with Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, second left, during the first day of a two-day visit to the UAE, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015. The UAE is home to over two million Indian expatriates and this is the first visit by an Indian premier in over three decades. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indian expatriates wait in the courtyard of  the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque to see their Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, during the first day of a two-day visit to the UAE, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015. The UAE is home to over two million Indian expatriates and this is the first visit by an Indian premier in over three decades. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Indian expatriates wait in the courtyard of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque to see their Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, during the first day of a two-day visit to the UAE, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015. The UAE is home to over two million Indian expatriates and this is the first visit by an Indian premier in over three decades. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in the United Arab Emirates on the first official visit by an Indian premier in 34 years.

Modi's two-day visit is his first ever to the UAE and will include stops in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, where he will meet its rulers Monday. The UAE is home to about 2.6 million Indian expatriates who comprise a third of the total population and outnumber the local Emirati population.

Many Indians living in the UAE are wealthy businessmen while others are poor migrant workers helping build the country's dazzling skyscrapers and shopping centers.

Modi, who has come under fire for his party's affiliation to hard-line Hindu groups, is scheduled to visit Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and meet with Indian migrant workers on Sunday.