New Delhi, January 25: You can’t get bigger than this. On Wednesday evening Burj Khalifa, world’s tallest tower was illuminated in the tricolour – the saffron, white and green – Indian national flag, to mark India’s Republic Day celebration. The 2,722 feet long building will be illuminated for next two days – on Wednesday and Thursday – as India celebrates the 68th Republic Day on Wednesday. For Indian’s living in the United Arab Emirates, it is one of the proud moment to see the ‘tirangaa’ (tricolour) which will illuminate the skyscraper at 6:51 pm, 7:15 pm and 8:15 pm (local time). The skyscraper will be illuminated tomorrow evening as well.

“Tonight we celebrate India’s 68th Republic Day with a spectacular LED illumination of the Indian National flag on #BurjKhalifa! #India,” tweeted the official Twitter account of Burj Khalifa. The official page also posted a message which read, “#BurjKhalifa wishes The #RepublicOfIndia a Happy National Day.”

This will be a grand public display of the close relations between the two countries which will be visible to the huge population of various nationalities present in Dubai. In addition, patriotic Indian songs will be played during the musical fountain show in the vicinity of the Burj. The musical fountain is a captivating water, music and light show which are a delight to both the residents and the tourists. The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is the guest of honour for India’s Republic Day on Thursday.

Today, he was ceremonially welcomed by President Pranab Mukherjee and held talks in New Delhi with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The UAE and India are expected to sign about 16 pacts during the Sheikh’s visit. The two countries are also expected to reach agreements for cooperation in the fields of defence, security, counter-terrorism and intelligence sharing. The iconic Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world and is a major tourist attraction. It is the tallest structure in the world, standing at 829.8 m (2,722 ft).

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