This will be the first visit by an Indian PM to the Gulf country in 32 years. The last visit was by Indira Gandhi in 1981.
Singh will visit Abu Dhabi en route to Durban where is scheduled to attend the BRICS summit in the fourth week of March.
Government has been contemplating a bilateral investment promotion and protection agreement with UAE and it is possible that the agreement will be signed during Singh’s visit. India and UAE have an annual trade volume of over 72 billion dollars.
UAE is also home to almost 2 million- strong Indian expatriate community. About 65 per cent of these are into blue collared jobs and the government is hoping to finalize a grievance redressal mechanism with UAE for them.
Singh will also hope to address investor concerns there considering how telecom major Etisalat was forced to shut operations in India last year after Supreme Court cancelled 122 telecom licences following the 2G scam.