The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, said India's relations with the UAE was much more than that of a buyer and a seller as he hailed the country's growing ties with the Gulf countries as 'deep, broad and vibrant.
Addressing the members of the Indian community at the Dubai Opera House here on the second day of his two-day visit to the UAE, Modi said his government was trying to bring India to a global benchmark.
'Today, be it the UAE or other Gulf nations, our relations with them is not just that of a buyer and a seller. It has become much more,' he said.
The Prime Minister assured the Indian community that his government will work to bring to reality their dreams. 'India's leap in the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business Rankings from 142 to 100 is unprecedented, he pointed out. .
'But we are not satisfied at this, we want to do better. We will do whatever it takes to make it possible,' he said and hailed the government's bold decisions like demonetisation and implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST).
'The GST had been languishing for seven years, but now it is a reality,' he said.
Taking a dig at his detractors, Modi said even the poor people agree with the fact that demonetisation was a right move. But some people lost their sleep and they are still mourning.
Modi also thanked the UAE which has provided almost 30,00,000 people from India a home like environment, away from home. Earlier, Indian High School student and Guinness Record Holder Sucheta, who has the unique ability to sing in 107 languages, performed a medley of regional Indian language songs ahead of his arrival at the Dubai Opera.