The world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, lit up on Wednesday night in tricolours – saffron, white and green – on the eve of India’s 68th Republic Day. The official Twitter account of Burj Khalifa tweeted out in both English and Arabic languages: “Tonight we celebrate India’s 68th Republic Day with a spectacular LED illumination of the Indian National flag on #BurjKhalifa! #India.”
This will continue on Thursday as well.
— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) January 25, 2017
The LED shows were held on both days along with complimenting Dubai Fountain shows, the Khaleej Times reported today. The building in Dubai, which stands at 823 metres, was named in honour of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the UAE.
The lighting comes as the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is the guest of honour for India’s Republic Day on Thursday. He was ceremonially welcomed by President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday and held talks in New Delhi with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Both sides inked a number of agreements.
Speaking at a joint press conference, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said earlier in the day he discussed trade, terrorism, Islamic radicalisation as well as threats in the region. “UAE is one of our most valued partners and a close friend in an important region of the world… We are working to connect the institutional investors in UAE with our National Investment and Infrastructure Fund,” Modi said, expressing gratitude to the UAE Crown Prince for taking care of Indian nationals living in the UAE as well as for granting land to build a temple in that country. “We also feel that our growing engagement in countering violence and extremism is necessary for securing our societies,” he added.