Beirut: How the UAE is showing solidarity with Lebanon after deadly blast shakes the capital city

Sophia Dyer
Aug 5, 2020

Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa building was lit up with the Lebanese flag last night following Tuesday’s explosion in Beirut

Standing in solidarity with Lebanon, the Burj Khalifa was lit up with the red, white and green colours of the Lebanese flag. The sky scraper’s social media accounts shared the picture and wrote, “Burj Khalifa lights up in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Lebanon.” This comes after a fatal explosion at Beirut’s port sent huge blast waves throughout the city, shaking buildings and taking the lives of 70 people at the time of writing, with thousands more injured.

Residents and citizens of the UAE have taken to social media to show their support with Beirut. HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai posted the Lebanese flag on his Instagram in an action of solidarity. The Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum shared his father’s post onto his Instagram stories.

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, took to Twitter to share his condolences and prayers with the citizens of Lebanon. He wrote, “Our thoughts and prayers are with our Lebanese brothers and sisters during these trying times. We pray that God grants you patience and solace. God bless Lebanon and the Lebanese people,” sharing the message in both Arabic and English.

Lebanese TV personality and UAE resident Alanoud Badr took to Instagram to urge fans to help the citizens of Beirut. The fashion mogul wrote, “Don’t just #prayforlebanon plz help donate blood if you’re there and help in any way possible يا رب لطفك و عفوك . My Family are safe hamdellah but shaken and broken . My heart goes out to everyone in Beirut, stay safe.”