India and Indians all over the world celebrated 68th Republic Day, today. Even the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, in Dubai was lit up in the tricolour of the Indian National flag, to gear up the spirit of nationalism on the special occasion.
“Tonight we celebrate India’s 68th Republic Day with a spectacular LED illumination of the Indian National flag on #BurjKhalifa! #India,” the official Twitter account of Burj Khalifa tweeted in both English and Arabic languages.
The building in Dubai, which stands at 823 metres, was named in honour of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the UAE.
The design of Burj Khalifa is derived from patterning systems embodied in Islamic architecture, incorporating cultural and historical elements particular to the region, such as in the Great Mosque of Samarra. The Y-shaped plan is designed for residential and hotel usage. A buttressed core structural system is used to support the height of the building, and the cladding system is designed to withstand Dubai's summer temperatures. It contains a total of 57 elevators and 8 escalators.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he and the visiting Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan exchanged views on developments in West Asia and the Gulf, where both countries have a shared interest in peace and stability.
On the eve of the Republic day, today, President Pranab Mukherjee addressed the nation, in a speech broadcasted on the national network of the All India Radio and telecasted in all channels of Doordarshan. Starting his address with tributes for the martyrs of the country, the President said that India is one of the fastest growing economies and the country’s economy is growing smoothly despite global conditions.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to Twitter to greet the nation on Republic Day