The Indo-Emirati relations have been on the ascendance since Narendra Modi became prime minister and between 2014 and early 2018, the two leaderships have met as many as four times. If the Indian leader visited the UAE in August 2015 and February 2018, Vice-President and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (also the de facto ruler of the UAE) visited India twice, in February 2016 and in January 2017. This, indicative of the emerging bond between the two leaders, is even reflected in some of the economic agreements between the two countries. During 2017, the UAE agreed to award 10 per cent participation for an Indian consortium in the Lower Zakum offshore oil field, which has a production capacity of 3.5 million barrels a day and offered to help in the strategic oil reserves in Mangalore. The crowning moment came in January when the Crown Prince al-Nahyan attended India’s Republic Day celebrations as the chief guest.