India's Congress Party has set up a special website to register for the historic visit
India’s Congress Party expects 25,000 expats to attend the public rally hosted by its president Rahul Gandhi at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday.
Bolstered by a strong showing in India’s state assembly elections earlier this month, Gandhi will look to garner more expat support in the UAE ahead of the 2019 Indian general elections in April-May at the event.
The event themed ‘Gandhi 150 years: The idea of India’ is free and will take place from 4pm to 8pm.
The third generation scion of India’s most prominent political dynasty, Gandhi’s visit will mark the first time in more than three decades that a leader of the country’s second biggest party has visited the UAE.
Congress Party’s All India Secretary and in-charge of Indian Overseas Congress, Himanshu Vyas revealed that 15,000 people have registered for the event through the special website created for the historic visit.
“It will be a historic event, not just because this is Rahul Gandhi’s first outreach programme to meet the Indian diaspora in the UAE, but the love and admiration shown by the Indians living in the UAE will make it historical,” Vyas said.
In addition to the 15,000 who have register, Vyas thousands of members of several Indian community groups in the UAE have also confirmed their attendance.
Gandhi will arrive in Dubai on January 11 and visit Abu Dhabi the following day.