The Pakistani flag is displayed on the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.


Burj Khalifa display of Pakistan flag draws mixed reactions


DUBAI – What was supposed to be a moment of pride quickly turned to confusion for many Pakistani expats after their country’s flag was displayed upside down on the Burj Khalifa.

Dubai’s iconic skyscraper lit up with the colours of the Pakistan flag on Friday, two days after the country celebrated its Independence Day.

Videos of the event went viral on social media, where others pointed out that the Pakistani flag was wrongly displayed on the skyscraper.

The incident drew mixed reactions from social media users, with some calling it an indication of economic distress in Pakistan and others saying it appeared to be a sign of disrespect.

“Flag is indeed upside down. Should have done it with respect, whether it is Pakistan or India flag,” said Umair Khan.

Others appreciated the thought behind the display. “I think there is nothing wrong; we should be grateful to Dubai that at least it is displayed. How many countries’ flags have been displayed on Burj Khalifa? Pakistan is lucky,” said Ali Asif.

The Burj Khalifa has lit up more times this year with flags of different countries to mark their independence day. In June, the world’s tallest tower lit up with the colours of the Philippine flag for the first time.

Meanwhile, the faux pas on Friday prompted the Pakistan Association in Dubai to send a complaint letter to property developer Emaar, which manages the Burj Khalifa. The association said they have been inundated with calls from upset expats.

According to protocol, the Pakistan flag should be white at the base of the building and the crescent moon should be facing upwards.

As of Sunday, there was no statement from Burj Khalifa management or Emaar on the incident, and a photo of the iconic tower displaying the upside-down flag has been deleted from Twitter. ICA/Expat Media


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