Dubai, UAE; November 28, 2013
Celebrating the success of the UAE in winning the global bid to host the World Expo 2020 in Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, raised the UAE national flag at the top of the spire of Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building.
In an inspiring video that has become an online sensation and posted on his Facebook page, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan is seen waving the national flag from the highest point of Burj Khalifa, 828 metres (2,716.5 ft) high, a celebratory moment that also coincides with the UAE's 42nd National Day celebrations.
In his message, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan said: "We congratulate our wise leadership and the people of our beloved country on this achievement. Winning the bid is proof of UAE's leading status globally in competing on events of this magnitude. We draw success from the spirit of the union that dwells deep within our people."
Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, said: "By raising the UAE national flag at the highest point in our city, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan not only coveys to the world our happiness in winning the bid, but also the leadership's commitment to deliver the best Expo ever. Coming just as we celebrate National Day, the Expo win further inspires us to work towards achieving our leadership's vision to establish the UAE among the best nations in the world by 2021 when we mark 50 years of our country's formation."
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan scaled the spire, took position on its outer core before unfolding the National Flag that fluttered at the highest man-made point on earth. The crowning touch of Burj Khalifa, the telescopic spire is over 200 metres (700 ft) high, and is an integral part of the tower's overall design.
Burj Khalifa, developed by Emaar Properties, is a global icon and the national pride of the UAE. The tower, today a full-fledged lifestyle community, underlines the spirit of global collaboration and the ability of the city to accomplish challenging projects.
Emaar is marking the UAE National Day celebrations on December 1, 2013, with the 'The Parade - Downtown Dubai, UAE National Day,' the vibrant event saluting the 'Spirit of the Union,' at the spectacular Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard in Downtown Dubai.
Photo credit: Ali Essa
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