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RSP to build Abu Dhabi's first Hindu temple

Award-winning Singaporean architecture practice RSP, which has offices in Dubai and elsewhere, has been appointed to lead the construction of Abu Dhabi's first Hindu temple. 

RSP will be working with Mandir Limited, the legal entity registered with the Abu Dhabi government on the project, as well as BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, a global organisation that manages Hindu temples. 

According to Gulf News, an agreement regarding the appointment of RSP was signed by Dr B.R. Shetty, chairman of Mandir Limited, and Lai Huen Poh, global managing director of RSP Architects, Planners and Engineers

Traditional architects from BAPS Swaminarayan Sansth, known as sompuras, will design the stone temple, which will feature pink sandstone from Rajasthan for the exterior and white marble, handcrafted by artisans in India, for the interior.  

Consisting of seven towers to represent the seven emirates of the UAE, the temple complex will span 14 acres at Abu Mureikhah of the Al Rahba area on Abu Dhabi-Sweihan-Al Ain Road. 

RSP will form a team with BAPS' core team, as well as other sub consultants, like Ramboll, to future develop the spiritual centre.

“India, and the Indians here in the UAE, recognise that the UAE shares in our values of inclusiveness and mutual progress, and today’s event is representative of that," said Navdeep Singh Suri, the Indian ambassador to the UAE. "Our Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made his commitment so we must honour our ability and efforts. The UAE has the highest spirit of tolerance and allows people of all faiths and cultures to coexist."