Dubai Supports Australia With Burj Khalifa Display: #MatesHelpMates

Dubai Supports Australia With Burj Khalifa Display: #MatesHelpMates

Dubai displayed a message of support for Australians on the world’s tallest tower. Last week, the UAE also promised to extend support to Australia for tackling its wildfire crisis

Dubai expressed solidarity with the people of Australia via a Burj Khalifa display on Wednesday, 15th January. To highlight the ongoing wildfire crisis in Australia, the world’s tallest tower lit up at 8 pm local time with the message, “We can all help", and the hashtag MatesHelpMates. The video was shared on Burj Khalifa’s official Twitter account with the following caption, “In collaboration with @expo2020dubai #BurjKhalifa lights up for Australia to spread hope, strength and support to its people during these trying times to get back stronger. #MatesHelpMates.”

The official Twitter account of the Australian Pavilion at Expo 2020 posted a thank you note, which read, “Heartfelt gratitude to the UAE for this symbol of solidarity with Australia this evening.”

Australia’s wildfire crisis began in September 2019 and has led to massive destruction in the country over the last couple of months. The raging fires have consumed about 10 million hectares of land, killed around 23 people as well as a billion animals, and forced thousands of people to abandon their homes. New South Wales and Victoria are the worst hit states. 

Many celebrities and well-wishers have pledged donations and other support to tackle the crisis. Last week, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed discussed the crisis in a telephone call with Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, and promised support. UAE’s Minister of State for International Cooperation, Reem Al Hashimy also stated the country would help raise funds for Australia. Emirates Red Crescent is leading the fundraising campaign in the UAE. Secretary General Emirates Red Crescent, Dr Mohammed Al Falahi has said talks have been held with the Australian Red Cross to determine how best to help those who have been affected by the fires burning across Australia.

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By Ayesha Hoda
Ayesha Hoda is a senior communications professional and writer, currently based in Dubai, UAE.