“On behalf of the people of the UAE, I wish [Indian Prime Minister] Narendra Modi and all who are celebrating Diwali a happy and joyful festival,” Sheikh Mohammed tweeted.


"May the light of love and hope shine on us all. I encourage you to share your pictures of Diwali celebrations in the United Arab Emirates!"

Sheikh Mohammed used the hashtag #UAEDiwali so residents could use it too when sharing images.


The Indian Prime Minister later responded in Arabic and thanked Sheikh Mohammed for his message.


“ Your Highness, Sheikh Mohammed, I would like to thank you for your great wishes on the occasion of Diwali, I share with you the same wishes, wishing you a Happy Diwali as well. Your personal keenness to strengthen our relationship adds a great significance to our bilateral relations


More than three million Indians live in the UAE and Diwali is a great opportunity for them to bedeck their love of their country’s culture up in lights.