Dubai honors New Zealand’ PM Jacinda Ardern by illuminating her image on Burj Khalifa
A handout image obtained from Dubai’s Public Diplomacy Office on March 23, 2019 shows the Gulf emirate’s Burj Khalifa tower lit with an image of New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in appreciation of her solidarity position with her country’s Muslim community following the March 15 massacre of 50 worshipers in a mosque in Christchurch by an Australian white supremacist.
Jacinda is the first present world leader who has been honored by the government of Dubai by casting her image on Burj Khalifa.
The 828-metre Burj Khalifa edifice was lit up with the image on Friday and Sheikh Mohammed, Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of the emirate of Dubai, shared a pic on Twitter thanking Ms Ardern for her support.
New Zealand today fell silent in honour of the mosque attacks’ martyrs. Thank you PM @jacindaardern and New Zealand for your sincere empathy and support that has won the respect of 1.5 billion Muslims after the terrorist attack that shook the Muslim community around the world. pic.twitter.com/9LDvH0ybhD
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) March 22, 2019
He posted a photo of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, lit up with an enlarged image of Ardern adorning a head scarf, embracing a woman and the Arabic word “salam” and the English translation “peace” above them.
“Thank you @jacindaardern and New Zealand for your sincere empathy and support that has won the respect of 1.5 billion Muslims after the terrorist attack that shook the Muslim community around the world,” he said on Twitter.
The Christchurch mosque shootings were two consecutive terrorist attacks which happened during Friday Prayer on 15 March.
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