29-January 2024: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Abu Dhabi’s BAPS Hindu Mandir, the first traditional stone temple and the largest Hindu temple in West Asia, on Basant Panchami (February 14, 2024). While in Abu Dhabi, don’t miss the stunning natural vistas, beaches and seascapes – all set against a backdrop of understated luxury.
The Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the largest of the seven emirates, sits by the Persian Gulf, where the sands of time seamlessly blend with modern marvels, creating a memorable experience for the visitor. The name Abu Dhabi translates to ‘the land of the gazelle’ in Arabic. It is rooted in the legend that a young antelope guided a nomadic tribe to a wellspring of freshwater on an island with less than 300 palm frond huts, a handful of coral structures, and a formidable fort. This unassuming island settlement birthed the present-day, sophisticated, and soaring metropolis that proudly stands as the capital of the UAE.
After the consecration of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, the focus has now turned to Abu Dhabi as the BAPS Hindu Mandir, the first traditional stone temple and the largest Hindu temple in West Asia, is set to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 14, 2024 which happens to be Basant Panchami. But quite apart from the temple, visiting this city is bound to unfold a rich tapestry of culture and heritage, painted with stunning natural vistas, beautiful beaches and captivating seascapes. All set against a backdrop of understated luxury. So if you have a day a half in Abu Dhabi, here are some things not to miss.