Kobe Bryant Remembered in Dubai: JLT Basketball Court Pays Beautiful Tribute
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Kobe Bryant Remembered in Dubai: JLT Basketball Court Pays Beautiful Tribute

Kobe Bryant had inaugurated the basketball court in Jumeirah Lake Towers in 2013. Fans of the NBA legend gathered at the venue on Monday to remember his work

As the world mourns the loss of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant, fans in Dubai have also been paying tribute to the basketball legend. Kobe and Gianna passed away in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday, 26th January 2020. To remember the contributions of the sports icon, free zone authority DMCC organised a candle lighting ceremony at a basketball court in Jumeriah Lake Towers on Monday, 3rd February. Kobe had inaugurated the basketball court during his trip to the UAE in 2013. His fans gathered at the venue to remember his love for the game.

The Executive Chairman of DMCC, Ahmed Bin Sulayem has been a big fan of the NBA legend. In 2013, he gave a full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times, paying tribute to Kobe. He also hosted Kobe during his visit to the UAE that same year and presented him with a DMCC Free Zone license.

Kobe Bryant Remembered in Dubai: JLT Basketball Court Pays Beautiful Tribute

Kobe Bryant Remembered in Dubai: JLT Basketball Court Pays Beautiful Tribute

Kobe Bryant Remembered in Dubai: JLT Basketball Court Pays Beautiful Tribute

Kobe Bryant Remembered in Dubai: JLT Basketball Court Pays Beautiful Tribute

Kobe Bryant Remembered in Dubai: JLT Basketball Court Pays Beautiful Tribute

Kobe Bryant Remembered in Dubai: JLT Basketball Court Pays Beautiful Tribute

Prior to the DMCC candle lighting ceremony, Ahmed Sulayem had also arranged for the Burj Khalifa to be lit up in memory of the basketball star, with the world’s tallest towers showing pictures of Kobe and his daughter. The Emirati businessman shared the following message, “My deepest condolences to Vanessa Bryant, and the family of Kobe Bryant. Number 24 will forever be with us. Here is to my greatest of all time.”

Kobe is being praised globally not only for his sports performance but also for being a fantastic dad. A video of Kobe with his daughter has gone viral with the hashtag #GirlDad. Sharing the video on Instagram, Oprah Magazine wrote, “Since the passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, many have paid tributes to the superstar athlete. @sportscenter’s @elleduncan shared a touching story about the time she met Kobe and asked him for advice on raising girls since she was expecting one. The sweet anecdote quickly spread throughout the internet and now has people sharing their stories of being a #GirlDad.” 

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

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