This post was originally published on 11 October 2016.
The first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi will come up on 20,000 square metres of land in Al Wathba, Khaleej Times has reported.
“We took delivery of the land on Monday. Within one year the temple will be built,” businessman BR Shetty, who heads the temple coordination committee, said on Monday night.
“Al Wathba is just 30 minutes from Abu Dhabi City. It will be close to the highway on Abu Dhabi-Al Ain road,” Shetty, who is the CEO of NMC Healthcare and UAE Exchange told the daily.
It was during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in August last year that the UAE Government announced its decision to allocate land for Abu Dhabi’s first Hindu temple.
Facts about the temple
- Fully sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Government
- Built on 20,000 square metre (4.95 acres) of land
- Estimated construction time : 8-9 months
- Idols of Lord Krishna, Lord Maheshwara, Lord Ayyappa and more
- Foundation stone to be laid before Sheikh Mohammed leaves for India
- Temple to have a good garden and a water front
Shetty said that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces was keen on this temple.
According to Shetty, “Sheikh Mohammed has written a special note saying ‘Urgent’. He had also passed the order for allotment of the land.”
The UAE-India ties are going from strength to strength, especially with Sheikh Mohammed set to be the chief guest at the Indian Republic Day in January.
At present, there are two Hindu temples and one Sikh gurudwara in Dubai. Temples in Dubai are dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna.