India and UAE are going through a ‘golden era’ as both countries continue to explore deeper cooperation in the new areas. Addressing the august gathering on the occasion of the 70th Republic Day reception hosted by the Indian Consulate in Dubai, Ambassador Navdeep Suri said that the bilateral relationship between the two countries have matured and transformed into a comprehensive strategic partnership over the last few years and are at their best ever.
The deepening of the energy ties, the Ambassador said, was a highlight of last year, as the relationship transformed from a buyer-seller relationship to that of a strategic partnership in energy security. He Continued, with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) is delivering the crude oil for storage in Mangalore Strategic reserve and a consortium of Indian oil companies is acquiring 10 per cent stake in Lower Zakum Offshore oil field in Abu Dhabi.
The Republic Day Reception was attended by a large number of diplomatic corps, prominent expat Indians including the three Pravasi Bhartiya Samman awardee Dr Zulekha Daud, Surender Singh Kandhari and Social Worker Girish Pant.
UAE Minister for Environment and Climate Change Thani Al-Zeyoudi was the chief guest at the event. The cultural mosaic of India was beautifully showcased for the guests at the Reception.
Consul General of India Sh Vipul also addressed the gathering and highlighted some of the major milestones in the India UAE relationship over the years.