UAE presented its highest civilian award 'Order of Zayed' to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday.
The award was presented by Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The award, which is named after Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE, was presented to Modi in the birth centenary year of Sheikh Zayed.
The award has earlier been bestowed on several world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Queen Elizabeth II and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
"The award in the name of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE, acquires special significance as it was awarded to Prime Minister Modi in the year of the birth centenary of Sheikh Zayed," Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement ahead of his visit.
In a tweet in April, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said, "We have historical and comprehensive strategic ties with India, reinforced by the pivotal role of my dear friend, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who gave these relations a big boost."
With an annual bilateral trade of about USD 60 billion, the UAE is India's third-largest trade partner. It is also the fourth-largest exporter of crude oil for India.