The United Arab Emirates has shown their solidarity with South Africa, as they draped the tallest skyscraper in Dubai, the Burj Khalifa, with the South African flag on Freedom Day.
On Monday, 27 April 2020, the Burj Khalifa was lit with the South African flag, to commemorate Freedom Day. Amidst the coronavirus pandemic which has riddled countries around the world, South Africans took time to pay tribute to Freedom Day, which celebrates the country’s entry into democracy in 1994.
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) took to social media to share the sighting of the Burj Khalifa, stating, “The United Arab Emirates is commemorating Freedom Day 2020. The South African flag has been draped on the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. This is great testament to the unity between South Africa and the UAE. Thank you.”
In a tweet today, 28 April 2020, the UAE stated, “On behalf of the UAE Gov and the Emiratis people, I have the honour to extend to our sincere felicitations and best wishes to the Republic of SA and her peoples on the occasion of Freedom Day. This is how we raise the people we love on the highest peak of human construction.” The public shared messages of praise towards the UAE for their grand gesture, with many claiming that it reminded them that the whole world is experiencing the same struggle, together.