The first copy of a book in Arabic titled India and the UAE: In Celebration of a Legendary Friendship was presented to H.H. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al-Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, UAE by the author Mr. Venu Rajamony, former Consul General of India in Dubai and currently Press Secretary to the President of India at a function organised by the Embassy of India in Abu Dhabi today (May 4, 2014).
Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador TP Seetharam said that the book documents the historic and contemporary aspects of the multifaceted relations between India in UAE in a very attractive format for Emirati readers.
Introducing the book, Mr Venu Rajamony said this was the first time a comprehensive and detailed account of the India - UAE relationship was being published in the Arabic language. Describing India - UAE relations as extra-ordinary and unique, he said very few countries can claim such a close and intensive bond since ancient times. UAE is home to one of the largest Indian communities outside of India and is the largest trading partner and a major source of Foreign Direct Investments. Remittances sent by the Indians living in UAE and the energy supplied from UAE are important factors that strengthen the Indian economy. At the same time, the full potential of the relationship is still to be explored. There is much more that can be achieved. The younger generation in both countries need to be educated of the importance of this relationship and their energies harnessed to take India - UAE relations to new heights.
The English version of the book India and the UAE: In Celebration of a Legendary Friendship which has a foreword by H.H. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was relased in February 2010. An updated edition of the book in Malayalam was released in January 2013, by H.E. Oommen Chandy, the Chief Minister of Kerala, in the presence of H.E. Vayalar Ravi, Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, H.E. E. Ahmed, Minister of State for External Affairs of India, in Kochi, Kerala.
The book has been translated and published in Arabic by the National Centre for Documentation and Research, Ministry of Presidential Affairs, Abu Dhabi.
The book is a treasure trove of facts, figures and stories of the ancient, yet modern and dynamic ties that India and the UAE share. It takes you on a journey through time, where glittering vistas of ancient and contemporary narratives and interviews, rare and present-day photographs and statistics are artistically juxtaposed to provide the reader with a fascinating and comprehensive glimpse of this strong and well-preserved association.