UAE lights up Burj Khalifa in Indian tricolor, part of Republic Day celebrations
By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 29, Jan 2020, 19:51 pm IST | UPDATED: 04, Feb 2020, 10:28 am IST
Coinciding with India’s Republic Day celebrations on January 26 of each year, UAE has lighted up its most important landmarks in the various emirates with the colors of the Indian flag, as the UAE capital Abu Dhabi lighted up the Sheikh Zayed Bridge with the colors of the Indian flag as well as the Al Ain city of the capital Abu Dhabi also lighted up its main building with the colors of the Indian flag.
The most important landmarks of the Emirate of Dubai were decorated with the colors of the Indian flag. Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower, was lighted up in Indian tricolor. The three million plus strong Indian community residing in UAE bind the two countries that rose up to the level of strategic partnership in all fields.
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, sent a message of congratulations to the President of the Republic of India. Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, also sent similar messages of congratulations to the President of the Republic of India, Ram Nath Kovind and to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In addition, UAE Ambassador to India Dr. Ahmed Al-Banna attended the Republic Day celebrations of India and witnessed the parade of the Indian forces. He also attended the reception organized by the President of India and the Prime Minister on this occasion.
In the economic field, the trade relations between the two countries are witnessing remarkable growth and development. UAE is the third trade partner of India after China and the United States of America. The bilateral trade between the two countries is expected to reach up to 100 billion dollars in 2020. During August 2019, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi conferred the ‘Order of Zayed’ on the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in recognition of his role in strengthening ties of friendship and cooperation between the two countries. The Zayed award is the highest medal awarded by the UAE leaders to the leaders and heads of states.
On the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi a postage stamp was issued in addition to the inauguration of the Zayed Gandhi Digital Museum, as an initiative to strengthen relations and cultural heritage between the two countries.