International insult to Pakistan! Clear refusal to display the Pakistani flag on Burj Khalifa

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale  - Senior Editor
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A Message from Burj Khalifa: UAE’s Gesture on Pakistan’s Independence Day

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has conveyed a significant message to Pakistan on its Independence Day, reflecting a mirror of consciousness. While the iconic Burj Khalifa did not display the flag of Pakistan this year, it illuminated with the Indian tricolor at midnight. The sequence of events and reactions that followed highlighted the complex dynamics between nations and their symbols.

The Display Incident

Amidst anticipation, the flag of Pakistan was eventually displayed on Burj Khalifa, but not without controversy. The delayed display led to a sense of disappointment and the erosion of respect. The incident ignited a wave of emotions, with social media capturing hundreds of people in Dubai, UAE, protesting against the absence of their national flag on Burj Khalifa during their Independence Day celebrations on August 14.

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Outrage and Response

The outrage among Pakistanis was palpable, with many expressing their frustration and anger through various channels. A video that went viral captured a woman’s voice lamenting the perceived insensitivity, stating that a ‘joke’ had been played on all Pakistanis. The public outcry compelled a belated raising of the Pakistani flag on the iconic structure.

In an attempt to address the situation, Burj Khalifa’s official Instagram page posted a conciliatory message: “Let the people of Pakistan celebrate their country’s heritage and great achievements with pride, unity, and prosperity. Happy returns of the day. We hope that there will be more success and happiness for Pakistan, the country and the people in the future. Happy Independence Day!”

India-UAE Friendship and Implications

The conspicuous absence of Pakistan’s flag, juxtaposed with the timely display of the Indian tricolor, emphasized the burgeoning friendship between India and UAE. The gesture served as a reminder to Pakistan that its respect might not be universal. This year’s Independence Day holds significance for both India and UAE as they embarked on a new chapter of economic cooperation. The initiation of business between the two nations in local currency symbolizes a step towards financial autonomy. Notably, India’s purchase of crude oil from UAE in Rupees marks a departure from the conventional dollar-dominated trade, hinting at a shift in dynamics.


The incident involving Burj Khalifa and the contrasting flags underscored the intricate blend of emotions, geopolitics, and economic considerations that define relationships between nations. The spectacle serves as a reminder of the nuanced interactions that shape international affairs, reinforcing the adage that symbols hold the power to convey messages beyond words.

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